School Policies

We have over 30 policies which we have adopted that outline our statement of intent, guide our decisions and present the procedures by which we operate.  Each policy can be downloaded or you can request a paper version to be posted out by contacting the school. 

Absconding Policy

Absconding is when a pupil goes beyond the fenced boundaries of the school without permission.  Many of our pupils have difficulties managing their anxiety, and will often seek to abscond as a result. 

Updated May 2021

Absconding Policy
Accessibility Plan

Every pupil who comes to Southgate will be welcomed and valued regardless of their special educational need, physical ability, sexuality, culture, race or gender.  We provide an environment and curriculum which aims to make every pupil as independent as they can possibly be when they enter adulthood. 

Accessibility Plan
Accident, Incident or Near Miss Policy

Accident, Incident or Near Miss Reporting and Investigation Policy – 2019

Accident, Incident or Near Miss Policy
Anti Bullying Policy

Southgate School is completely opposed to all types of bullying and discrimination.  It is entirely contrary to the nurturing values and ethos that are implemented to make the educational experiences of our young people as happy and as positive as possible 

Anti Bullying Policy
Attendance Policy

Southgate School regards regular attendance as very important to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for all children and that regular attendance at the school is necessary to promote better life chances

Attendance Policy
Behaviour Policy

We are committed to promoting safe practice within the context of respect and dignity; the core values that underpin all our work.  Our aim is for all pupils to build secure and trusting relationships with staff and their peers. 

Behaviour Policy
Careers Policy

A young person’s career is their pathway through learning and work.  All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them make decisions and plan their careers, both in school and after they leave.

Careers Policy
Charing and Remissions Policy

All education provided during school hours is free, including the supply of any materials, books, instruments or other equipment.  No charge is made for any accreditation or examination held within school.  Southgate School will ask for voluntary contributions and charge for some optional extras that are not part of the national curriculum. 

Charging and Remission Policy
Complaints Policy and Procedures

We are always pleased to hear from people who appreciate the hard work going on at Southgate School.  Although most people have an ongoing positive relationship with Southgate School, concerns can occasionally arise.  Southgate School always aims to resolve concerns and complaints at the earliest possible stage. 

Complaints Policy
Curriculum Policy

Our aim is to deliver a curriculum that has been developed to be appropriate for each learner group with reference to national and recognised good practice

Curriculum Policy
Data Protection Policy

Southgate School collects and uses personal information about staff, pupils, parents and other individuals who come into contact with the school.  This information is gathered to enable the school to provide education and other associated functions.  In addition, there may be a legal requirement to collect and use information to ensure that the school complies with its statutory obligations. 

Data Protection Policy
Designated Teacher for Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education, issued under sections 20(4) and 20A(4) of the Children and Young Persons Act 2008. This means that the governing bodies of maintained schools, academy proprietors and the designated staff member at maintained schools and academies must have regard to it when promoting the educational attainment of looked-after and previously looked-after children

Designated Teacher
Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy

This policy describes the way in which Southgate School will meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.  This Act replaced all previous equality legislation such as the Race Act, the Disability Discrimination Act and the Sex Discrimination Act.  The policy will be applied to all staff and learners, as well as any volunteers working in the school.

Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy
First Aid Policy

This policy is based on the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, advice from the Department for Education on first aid in schools and health and safety in schools. 

First Aid Policy
Health and Safety Policy

Schools are required to have a Health and Safety Policy in place.  The Health and Safety Act 1974 places overall responsibility for health and safety with employer. 

Health and Safety Policy
Induction for Early Careers Teachers

This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education. This means that those involved in managing statutory induction arrangements must have regard to it when carrying out their relevant duties. The guidance covers those settings which are both required to or choose to offer induction to their early career teachers (ECTs). The term ‘early career teacher’ refers to a newly qualified teacher in their first or second year of induction.

Induction for ECT's
Intimate Care Policy

At Southgate School, staff will realise the issue of intimate care is a sensitive one; they will treat all young people with respect, consideration and dignity at all times. 

Intimate Care Policy
Medical Conditions and the Administration of Medication

This policy was consulted with pupils with medical conditions, parents/carers of pupils with medical conditions, representatives from the governing body, healthcare professionals and it will be reviewed annually.

Medical Conditions and Administration of Medication
Mobile Phone Policy

The safeguarding of pupils at Southgate School is paramount.  Mobile phones (and other portable devices) are susceptible to misuse, and can be used to access and distribute indecent content. 

Mobile Phone Policy
Online Safety Policy

The Online Safety policy recognises the commitment of our school to keeping staff and pupils safe online and acknowledges its part in the school’s overall safeguarding policies and procedures. 

Online Safety Policy
Positive Touch Policy

At Southgate School we believe that the use of touch is a vital aspect of our nurturing role and that adult physical contact is not only inevitable but desirable.

Positive Touch Policy
PSHCE Policy

Southgate School aims to support its pupils to be safe and happy.  Learning is personalised to ensure that it is developmentally appropriate, relevant and accessible. 

PSHE Policy
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

This policy is based on the Department for Education’s statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020), Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Between Children in Schools and Colleges (2018).  We comply with this guidance and the procedures set out by our Local Safeguarding Children partnership. 

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
SEN Report

This following report outlines how we address the different aspects of special educational needs (SEN).  If you would like further information, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the school.

SEN Report
SRE Policy

SRE is lifelong learning about sex, sexuality, emotions, relationships and sexual health.  It involves acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs, values and attitudes. 

SEN Report
Staff Code of Conduct

Guidance for safer working practice for those working or volunteering with Children and Young People

Staff Code of Conduct
Visitors' Code of Conduct

In this school, the pupils always come first.  We always expect visitors to work with us in the best interests of the children.

Visitors' Code of Conduct
Whistleblowing Policy

Our employees in schools will often be the first to notice if there is something seriously wrong within their workplace. 

Whistleblowing Policy