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  1. 1. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. Water Primary School Happiness, Health & Opportunity Burnley Road East, Water, Rossendale, BB4 9PX Tel: 01706 216 414 Fax: 01706 218 637 Email: head@water.lancs.sch.uk Policy For Health & Safety At Water School, children are at the centre of everything we do. We aim to give our children the best possible opportunities and learning experiences, enabling them to reach their full potential. We aim to ensure that the children in our care are equipped for life-long learning as responsible citizens in an ever-changing, diverse community. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. This policy supports our responsibility to make this happen. INTRODUCTION This document outlines the health, safety and welfare policy of this school. It contains information on safety policy and the responsibilities of employees, headteacher, safety representatives and contractors. It is the responsibility of all employees to observe these rules, practices and procedures and behave in a safe and reasonable manner whilst at work. Failure to comply with these rules may lead to disciplinary actions. It should be borne in mind that a breach of Health and Safety Legislation is a criminal offence that may result in heavy fines or imprisonment. The school recognises that it is not possible to prepare in written form every applicable safety rule as circumstances may vary depending upon the nature of work. However, employees are expected to act in a sensible manner and adhere to instructions given by the Headteacher. At Water Primary School, we follow the Policy laid down by the Lancashire Education and Cultural Services Directorate stated in the School Safety Manual. This School Health and Safety Policy should be read in conjunction with: • The Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and other Statutory Regulations • The Lancashire County Council Health and Safety Policy • The Lancashire Education and Cultural Services Directorate Health and Safety Policy; Guidance/Advice Notes • LA Codes of Practice/HSE/CLEAPSS
  2. 2. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. GENERAL POLICY STATEMENT The Headteacher of Water Primary School, will so far as is reasonably practicable, ensure that all activities under their control are carried out in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, relevant regulations, approved codes of practice, guidance notes, the Health and Safety Policies of the Lancashire Authority (LA) and with due regard to advice and information provided by the Authority's advisors. The Governors therefore, will do what is reasonably practicable to exceed the minimum requirements within the resources that are available. The Headteacher will also ensure that systems are in place which will allow the Governors to maintain, monitor and, where necessary, carry out risk assessments which will allow us to improve our safety performance. The Headteacher will comply, so far as is reasonable, with arrangements and procedures made by the LA as part of its responsibilities as employer. In the case of lettings arranged by the Headteacher, the LA will ensure that appropriate health and safety arrangements are in place. In return, the Headteacher expects all employees to exceed their minimum legal duties, which are stipulated later in the Health and Safety Policy. Included in this is the co-operation of all employees to assist the Headteacher in carrying out their obligations as required. This policy will be reviewed annually or when necessary in order to meet changes in circumstances. Any necessary changes will be brought to the attention of all employees to assist in improving safety performance. The Governors will ensure that: • the LA's Health and Safety Policies and Codes of Practice are fully implemented and, to ensure compliance, will monitor on a regular basis; • the school’s Health and Safety policy is annually reviewed and kept up to date; • a School Safety Committee is established and actively involved; • the Safety Policies will be brought to the notice of all employees; • the school has considered its health and safety obligations and has made provision for meeting those obligations; • the school's staffing structure appropriately reflects the responsibilities for carrying out the arrangements for health and safety; • health and safety issues concerning the school are identified and appropriate actions taken; • regular safety reports are provided by the Headteacher so that safety arrangements can be monitored and evaluated;
  3. 3. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. • appropriate facilities and information for accredited Union Safety Representatives are provided to enable them to fulfil their duties; • all reasonable facilities and information are provided to officers of the Education and Cultural Services Directorate, inspectors of the Health and Safety Executive and any other health and safety official as appropriate. STATUTORY DUTIES 1 The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 places duties on EMPLOYERS to safeguard, so far as it is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees and the health and safety of persons not employed but who may be affected by work activities such as pupils and visitors. Employers also have additional duties under other health and safety legislation such as the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. 2 Persons who have CONTROL OF PREMISES have duties to take reasonable measures to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that premises and equipment are safe for people using them who are not their employees, e.g. pupils and visitors. 3 EMPLOYEES have duties to take reasonable care to ensure that they work in ways which are safe and without risk to health both to themselves and other staff, pupils and visitors. They must also co-operate so that employers can comply with their statutory duties. GOVERNORS' RESPONSIBILITIES Governors have duties in controlling the school premises and running the school, although the LA remains technically the employer of staff. Therefore, both Governors and the LA continue to have statutory responsibility for health and safety. In view of this, it is particularly important that the Governing Body, the LA and individual employees work together to establish health and safety objectives and to ensure that each is aware of their own responsibilities, with the aim of running the school without risk to health and safety. LA RESPONSIBILITIES The Lancashire Authority shall, so far as is reasonably practicable, as required under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 and other relevant statutory provisions:- Ensure the health, safety and welfare of all its employees Ensure the health, safety and welfare of pupils, visitors and contractors on education premises Ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees who work at locations controlled by another employer or organisation. The LA will continue to fulfil its responsibilities in the following ways:
  4. 4. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. • issue of a Health and Safety Policy; • issue of codes of practice, Guidance/Advice Notes and other relevant information, as appropriate; • provision of a comprehensive support and advice service; • provision of a comprehensive training programme; • provision of a monitoring system for schools; • provision of a safety audit service. EMPLOYEES RESPONSIBILITIES All employees have a general duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to:- • take reasonable care of their own safety and that of other persons; • co-operate with the employer on health and safety matters to enable the employer to carry out their own responsibilities successfully; • use correctly any equipment provided for their safety; • report any defective equipment to their supervisor or other appropriate person, i.e. Safety Representative; • report accidents or dangerous occurrences at the earliest possible opportunity; • be familiar with and observe at all times all safety policies and procedures; • take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of all persons in their charge. PRACTICE ORGANISATION FOR MANAGING HEALTH AND SAFETY WITHIN THE SCHOOL The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day implementation and management of health, safety and welfare within the school. Teaching and non-teaching staff holding posts/positions of responsibility have a general responsibility for the application of the LA and School Safety Policy within their own area of work and are directly responsible to the Headteacher for the application of all health, safety and welfare measures and procedures within their own area of work. Class teachers have responsibilities for the safety of pupils in their charge.
  5. 5. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. All employees have a responsibility to take reasonable care of their own health, safety and welfare and that of other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions while at work. They also have a responsibility to co-operate so that employers can comply with their statutory duties. More detailed lists of the responsibilities of the Headteacher, teaching and non-teaching staff holding posts of special responsibility, are set out below. The Headteacher may wish to delegate some functions to other staff or to re-allocate duties to match the staffing structure of the school, but this will not affect the Headteacher's overall responsibility for health, safety and welfare within the school. HEADTEACHER The Headteacher will ensure that:- - policies and procedures with regard to health, safety and welfare matters within the school are established in writing, approved by the Governing Body, where appropriate, and that the policies and procedures are known and followed by all members of staff including temporary/supply staff; - any health and safety matters raised, and any guidance from the LA, are brought to the attention of the Governing Body; - regular reviews of the safe performance of all departments of the school are undertaken with appropriate action when necessary, and are reported to the Governing Body; - accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences are reported, investigated, and where appropriate, preventive measures are taken, with the reports submitted to the appropriate Authority in accordance with the published procedures; - adequate first aid provision is made for staff and pupils and other persons, whilst on school premises and when working away from the school, in accordance with LA guidance; - training needs are identified and met; - necessary arrangements are made to ensure that officially appointed Trade Union Safety Representatives can carry out their functions effectively, and their reports receive full consideration; - all parts of the premises, plant and equipment, for which the governors have responsibility, are regularly inspected and maintained in safe working order; - goods purchased comply with necessary safety standards and that all equipment purchased is safely installed; - any unsafe item, which is the LA's responsibility, is reported to the Education and Cultural Services Directorate;
  6. 6. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. - any item, which constitutes a health and safety hazard that cannot be immediately rectified, is taken out of use; - staff organising and taking part in visits, journeys and holiday excursions have the necessary knowledge, experience and skills so that they are aware of, and have made arrangements to deal with, any risks involved; - contractors working on the premises are closely monitored and that the working practices do not endanger the health and/or safety of employees, pupils or other persons working on the premises; - awareness and co-operation amongst staff with regard to health and safety matters is actively encouraged. TEACHING AND NON-TEACHING STAFF HOLDING POSTS OF RESPONSIBILITY Staff and Site Supervisor holding posts of responsibility, are responsible to the Headteacher for the detailed adoption of the LA's Health and Safety Policies and the school's health and safety policy within their department/area of work. To fulfil their responsibilities they will assist the Headteacher by:- - monitoring of health and safety by inspecting their area on a regular basis to ensure that safety measures are being maintained, and that safety instructions and safe working practices are being followed by staff and pupils, and by reporting any necessary changes in practices and procedures; - informing other employees of any hazards to health and safety they are likely to meet in the course of their work, and by ensuring that they have the necessary information, instructions and training to carry out their duties without risk to health or safety; - ensuring that staff and pupils are aware of emergency procedures, which should be regularly reviewed; - ensuring that personal protective clothing and equipment is provided, worn/used and maintained as necessary; - ensuring that adequate supervision is maintained at all times; - ensuring that all plant and equipment is regularly inspected and maintained in safe working order and that any defective equipment is removed from use immediately. The Site Supervisor will assist the Headteacher to ensure that health and safety implications are considered in connection with the security and cleaning and maintenance of the building and for monitoring contractors on site to ensure their working procedures do not endanger the health, safety and welfare of staff, students and visitors. The Headteacher, where required, will seek advice on the health and safety implications of the purchase and maintenance of furniture and equipment and where applicable, will ensure that the health and safety aspects of the letting of premises arrangements are complied with.
  7. 7. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. CLASS TEACHERS Teaching staff timetabled to be in charge of classes are responsible for assisting the Headteacher to:- - ensure the safety of pupils in their charge; - be aware of and adopt appropriate safety measures within their own teaching areas; - follow safe working procedures personally; - request protective clothing, special safe working procedures etc where necessary and ensure they are used/applied; - make recommendations to the Headteacher on safety equipment or additions or improvements to plant, tools, equipment or machinery which is dangerous or potentially so; - be aware of school and emergency procedures in respect of fire, bomb alert, accidents, first aid, etc and to carry them out. SCHOOL SAFETY COMMITTEE The School Safety Committee comprises: the Headteacher, Health and Safety Governor and the Site Supervisor. There is also a Building Health & Safety (H&S) Committee, which consists of three governors, including the Chairman, and the Headteacher, that meets every term. The Committee members are to:- - ensure that the LA and School Health and Safety Policies and safety procedures are implemented throughout the school; - review safety measures and to advise of any necessary changes to these measures; - receive reports of accidents and dangerous occurrences for consideration of any necessary preventive/remedial action; - receive reports from the LA, safety representatives and external health and safety agencies for review and consideration for implementation; - receive audit and monitoring reports for review and consideration of any necessary remedial action; - ensure that arrangements are in place to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees, pupils and visitors to the school, and to review these as necessary;
  8. 8. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. - ensure that there are arrangements for dissemination of information on health and safety matters to all employees, pupils, visitors and contractors; - assist in reviewing the School Health and Safety Policy and Risk Assessments annually or as required. ARRANGEMENTS FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY ACCIDENTS AND DANGEROUS OCCURENCES REPORTING An accident is normally considered to have taken place when someone has been injured. An incident is often defined as “a near miss” or damage to property. It is recognised that accident prevention is vitally important in the reduction of injuries. Consequently, the importance of proper supervision and a well organised and maintained safe environment cannot be overemphasized. In the event of an accident occurring, the following procedure should be applied: The safety of the area in question should be established before any intervention takes place. If required, First Aid should be administered by an appropriately trained person. All accidents should be recorded in the school’s First Aid Record which is kept on the shelves designated for Welfare Assistants. All dangerous occurrences and near misses should be recorded in the Incidents Record which is kept on the shelves designated for Welfare Assistants. A pro forma letter, located in the First Aid Record, is available to send to parents of children who require First Aid treatment. If a child sustains a head injury, the parents should be informed by telephone before the end of the school day. The standard head injury letter, which is kept in the First Aid Record, must be sent home with the child. The tear away piece, when returned, should be retained in the school office. If an injury is considered more serious than that treatable by the normal First Aid Procedure, then the Headteacher must be informed and parents contacted. If the named contacts are unavailable and it is felt that qualified medical attention is urgently required, the school shall take steps to ensure that the child receives such treatment. This may require an ambulance to be called. Attempts to contact parents shall continue. Should an injury require medical treatment, Form HS1 (and where appropriate Form F2508) shall be completed by the Headteacher. This is kept in the Office.
  9. 9. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. The circumstances of accidents requiring medical treatment, of near misses and of dangerous occurrences shall be investigated by the Headteacher without delay. Analysing of the First Aid Record and the Incidents Record shall take place at the end of each school term to highlight any inadequate safety arrangements and unsafe conditions and working practices and to identify trends. ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICINES Parents are discouraged from sending medications to school but there are exceptions. These are outlined in our ‘Administration of Medicines Policy’. CONTRACTORS ON SITE Contractors shall be booked through the LA’s Property Group to ensure they have satisfied suitability, competency and insurance checks. The Headteacher is required by law to:- advise the selected contractor of the hazards on the school premises before work can begin; ensure that the contractor is not exposed to unnecessary danger; ensure that it is safe for the contractor to commence work. When engaging the services of a contractor, the following steps should be taken: The selected contractor should provide detailed risk assessment and method statement for the work to be carried out. This should be reviewed and approved by the school’s Headteacher before work can begin. A Permit-To-Work (PTW) should be applied for all contractors. It should be initiated by the LA’s Property Group and completed on site. The PTW should be used to manage and monitor contractors while on site and should also be implemented for all tasks and activities that are known to be hazardous. In addition to the PTW, other special permits may be required. These include permits for: Hot Work, isolating any of the site services including fire alarms, work where toxic or asphyxiating atmospheres exist or could exist, work in Confined Spaces, Work at Heights and work of comparable risk. While on site, the contractor should be closely managed using the PTW and other permits as required. Monitor their activities on a daily basis to ensure that they are working safely within the rules and complying with procedures and the law. When work is finished, ensure that the affected area is cleared of all hazards and that the contractor leaves the premises in a safe working condition.
  10. 10. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. A formal close-out report of each contractor’s safety performance should be prepared at the end of the contracted work and held on file for future reference. ELECTRICAL SAFETY Only qualified and authorised personnel shall be permitted to work on electrical equipment. In doing so, they must conform to the guidelines of the current Institute of Electrical Engineers’ regulations. All portable electrical appliances shall be put on a register, checked and tested annually by the appropriate LA approved contractor. Failed items shall be disconnected and either be repaired or, if not possible or economical, be replaced with new items. All tested appliances that passed the test shall be tagged for ease of identification. Results of the Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) shall be recorded on the register and kept available for review. No personal electrical appliance shall be used in school unless it has been added to the register and successfully been tested. All new items shall be added to the PAT register. All electric circuit breakers should be listed on a register and exercised (manually tripped) at least once a year. This should be recorded and available for review. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES Objective The objectives of Emergency Procedures are: • To save lives and prevent injuries. • To minimise the effect of an emergency situation. • To reduce property damage and business disruption. The main hazard which exists at this facility is Fire. For that reason, a comprehensive Fire Emergency procedure has been established in our Fire Safety Policy. BOMB ALERTS • Should you find a suspicious package, letter or other object on the school premises: DO NOT - OPEN OR TAMPER WITH IT. DO NOT – MOVE IT OR PUT IT IN WATER. DO INFORM THE PERSON IN CHARGE IMMEDIATELY. • If you receive a warning message by telephone or other means: IMMEDIATELY INFORM THE PERSON IN CHARGE WHO WILL INVESTIGATE AND MAY INFORM THE POLICE.
  11. 11. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. • In the event of having to evacuate the building, follow the school fire evacuation procedure. FIRST AID Staff members holding the “First Aid in School Certificate” are always available during school opening hours. When needed, these First Aiders will administer appropriate First Aid according to the guidelines they have been given and to the school’s Accident Procedure. It is important for First Aiders to recognise when an injury is serious enough to be passed on to qualified medical practitioners. There are two emergency First Aid boxes one is kept the Library and the other outside the Staffroom. There are also two travel First Aid boxes and supplies all kept in the office and maintained by the School Administrator. Further information can be found in our First Aid Policy. HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES AND COSHH In order to comply with legal requirements of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, it is necessary to assess all substances for possible health effects before purchasing and using them on the school premises. The action required under C.O.S.H.H. regulations may be summarised as: School Management: 1) To determine the hazard of a substance. 2) Assess the risk to health from the way that substance is used. 3) Determine whether exposure to the substance can be prevented; if not, 4) Decide how exposure can be controlled to reduce risk. 5) Establish effective controls. 6) Train and inform the workforce. 7) Monitor exposure and provide health surveillance. Employees:- 1) Should take reasonable care of themselves and of others who may be affected by cuts or omissions at work, and co-operate with those having statutory duties imposed upon them in respect of Health and Safety at work. 2) Should be given training to understand what the risks are from using (or producing) a given substance.
  12. 12. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. 3) Understand how those risks are controlled. 4) Understand the precautions they have to take. 5) Should be notified of any change in working practice that may increase the hazard. COSHH Regulations will be used to determine what substances we keep and use in school. All cleaning materials will be kept in the Cleaners’ locked store. Instructions for their use will be carefully adhered to. INFECTIOUS DISEASES Infectious Diseases will be monitored and dealt with according to the document Guidance on infection control in schools and nurseries (Department of Health K 17/003 15149, March 1999, displayed in the Office). MANUAL HANDLING It is a requirement of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 for this school to assess all Manual Handling Tasks within the workplace that have the potential to cause injury. Where such tasks are identified, actions must then be taken to reduce the risk of injury, so far as is reasonably practicable. Assessment of a manual handling operation involves four factors: - • The Task • The Load • The Working Environment • The Individual’s Capability. Manual Handling operations at this school are carried out by the Site Supervisor, who has completed a course in Safe Manual Handling and received a certificate that is recognised by the Local Authority. Detailed guidelines regarding Safe Manual Handling are available from the Site Supervisor and the Headteacher. PLAYGROUND SAFETY The school playground shall be maintained safe for use by children at all times. To achieve this, the playground shall be inspected daily before being used by children. The inspection of the playground should ensure that: • the ground, equipment and toys used on the playground are clean; • the ground is free from tripping and slipping hazards and safe for children to play on;
  13. 13. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. • the equipment is safe and secure and in good working condition; RISK ASSESSMENTS We regard Risk Assessment and Safety Inspection to be a vital part of keeping the people in our school safe. More information can be found in our Risk Assessments Policy. EDUCATIONAL VISITS An Educational Visits Policy that deals with safety issues is in place. This is available from the Headteacher. SECURITY The Site Supervisor is responsible for unlocking the school in the morning and locking it and activating the burglar alarm at the end of the day. Anyone working in the school outside normal hours must ensure that the school is secure when they leave. The burglar alarm system is automatically monitored by an outside monitoring central station via an electrically supervised line. SMOKING Smoking is not allowed on the school premises (see relevant policy for further details). TRAINING Training on aspects of Health and Safety will take place largely in Staff Meetings and INSET Days. VISITORS All visitors should be closely supervised to ensure their safety and the safety of others whilst on the school premises. Upon entering the school’s premises, visitors should be required to register in the Visitors’ Register Book, where appropriate wear a Visitor’s Badge and where practicable be accompanied at all times VISUAL DISPLAY UNITS The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (with minor changes in 2002) shall be subject to all employees who habitually use Display Screen Equipment (DSE) as part of their normal work. This will help to protect these employees by reducing the risks from VDU work.
  14. 14. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. The DSE Regulations require employers / management to: • Analyse workstations to assess and reduce risks • Ensure workstations meet specified minimum requirements • Plan work activities so that they include breaks or changes of activity • Provide eye and eyesight tests on request, and special spectacles if needed • Provide information and training. Possible Effects on Health The introduction of VDU’s has been associated with a range of symptoms: • Visual – fatigue, strain, sore eyes and headaches. • Manual – hand, arms, neck and shoulder repetitive strain injuries (referred to as Work related Upper Limb Disorder). • Stress – poor job design or work organisation, under utilisation of skill, high speed repetitive work, social isolation, screen glare or flicker. All workstations that fall within the DSE Regulations shall receive a comprehensive risk assessment using DSE/Workstation Risk Assessment and Health Assessment Questionnaire which is available from the Headteacher. This will allow the user and the assessor to consider basic controls which may be adopted to create a healthier and safer working environment. The Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) must be completed for all users. This is designed to address the users’ daily routine and highlight any potential health risks that he/she may be exposed to. The assessor must complete one HAQ form per user and attach it to the relevant workstation audit. The HAQ form should be reviewed in light of any changes to the display screen workers capabilities, where there is evidence of ill health or where there have been significant changes to the workstation and equipment. It is essential that early reporting of symptoms of ill health, which may be related to display screen work activities, is promoted to all staff. VOLUNTEERS CRB checks will be carried out on regular volunteers as any other member of staff. Infrequent or ‘one off’ volunteers will only work under closely supervised conditions, and never on their own with children.
  15. 15. If you would like a copy of this policy, or you have any questions, please contact the Head Teacher using the contact details above. MONITORING ARRANGEMENTS The LA will retain the primary responsibility of employer in respect of Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974, and will issue directions on health and safety through its written Health and Safety Policies and Codes of Practice with which the Governors of County and Controlled schools have a duty to comply. However, given the delegation arrangements and associated responsibilities, it is important that effective monitoring systems are implemented. In order to assist schools to manage their responsibilities and the LA to fulfil its legal responsibilities, Health and Safety Monitoring must take place on a regular basis and a Monitoring Report must be submitted to the Governing Body and to the LA annually. Safety Audits will be undertaken by the Health and Safety Team and Headteachers will be notified in advance of the Audit. The Monitoring and Safety Audit reports will form part of the LA's arrangements for the development, monitoring and review of its health and safety policies, along with information from Safety Inspections, matters raised at the County Health and Safety Committee - Schools, Accident Reports, and returns and information from any other sources. Safety audits and inspections will normally be carried out by Officers of the Education and Cultural Services Directorate Health and Safety Team, Property Group, the Central COSHH Unit, and Trade Union Safety Representatives. Representatives of other County Council Directorates or outside agencies such as the Fire and Rescue Service or the Health and Safety Executive Inspectorate may also visit from time to time. Part of the monitoring process will be inspections by contractors to ensure the safety of goods or equipment, for example, the annual inspection of all portable electrical equipment, or local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems. All inspections will normally be by prior appointment with the Headteacher well in advance unless there is a matter requiring urgent attention. Governing Bodies may wish to consider having a member of the appropriate Committee present at such inspections. The policy should be signed by the Headteacher and Chair of the Governing body. Signed: Headteacher Chair of Governors Date: Date: REVIEW This policy will be reviewed annually, or as necessary in the light of new advice and legislation. Date of last review: September 2010

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