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Vine Schools Trust Policies

Vine Schools Trust Policies

Southminster Policies

Attendance Policy – 2023

Behaviour Policy – 2023

First Aid in schools policy – Summer 2023

Phonics Policy February 2023

Behaviour Guidelines for parents (26-01-23)

Intimate Care Policy 2023

Number and Calculation Policy 2023 Nursery and EYFS

Calculation Policy 2022 KS1 & KS2

Child Protection Policy – Southminster

Equality Statement – Southminster

Essex Peer on Peer Policy 2021

Uniform Policy 2022

Our Annual Report and Financial Statements are available on the Vine Schools Trust Website.  Please click here for further information.

Ofsted Monitoring visit – April 2023

Ofsted Monitoring visit – December 2022

Ofsted Report 2022

Ofsted Report 2018/2019

HMI Monitoring Visit 2019

SIAMS Report 2017

School Performance Tables

Safeguarding at Southminster Church of England Primary School

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children both in and out of school.

If anyone, any adult or any child, has any safeguarding concerns, including any related to radicalisation, they are encouraged to contact a member of our safeguarding team as soon as possible.



Wendy Woods



Denise Mason


CEO Emma Wigmore




If you have any safeguarding issue but would prefer not to speak to a member of staff; please contact Julie Taylor (Chair of Governors)

If we have reasonable cause for concern that a child may be at risk of significant harm, we will refer to social care. This referral can be made with or without us informing parents.

For further information please read our Child Protection Policy.

If you are a young person and you need help, there is someone waiting to listen to you now if you contact one of the below immediately:

Childline 0800 11 11

NSPCC 0800 800 50000

If you have an urgent concern about the safety and welfare of a young person and cannot contact us here at school, seek advice from the above or contact:

Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board  (Children & Families Hub) 0345 603 7627


Emergency 999

Non-emergency 101

Accessibility Plan 2023

Child Protection Policy 2023

Child-Protection – Policy During School Closure for COVID-19

Code of Conduct 2021

Keeping Children Safe in Education 

Peer on Peer Abuse & Harmful Sexual Behaviour Policy 2021-23

Children Missing in Education

Safeguarding Adults 

Southminster Visitor Safeguarding Information 

SEND Information Report

SEND Policy

At the heart of the work of every primary school class is a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessment which takes account of the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of the children. The majority of children will learn and progress within these arrangements. Those children whose overall attainments and achievement in specific subjects fall significantly outside the expected range may have Special Educational Needs (SEN).

For children who have a specific learning difficulty or a disability, our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) policy outlines the educational support we provide.

If a teacher notices a pupil experiencing difficulties with their learning they will seek guidance from the school Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo). Advice will be given, which may include alternate strategies to support the pupils learning. Both class teacher and SENDCo will hold a meeting with parents to discuss next steps which could include:

  • Advise parents to make an appointment to see the GP
  • Referral to the Speech and Language Therapist service
  • Referral to the Specialist Teacher Team
  • Referral to Educational Psychologist service
  • Referral to EWMHS (Emotional Welfare and Mental Health Services)

When a child is placed on the Special Educational Needs register, consultation with parents will continue through:

  • Parent consultation day.
  • One Plan meetings at least twice a year, working alongside pupils, parents and sometimes specialist agencies to set specific targets that work towards achieving a long-term goal.
  • For pupils with a Statement/ Education Health Care plan (EHC Plan) Annual Review meetings.

Accessibility Plan

SEND Policy 2021

Information Report September 2017

Attendance Procedures January 2020

Letter regarding change of school day

Letter re Coronavirus 17-03-2020

Letter from Local Authority regarding Coronavirus March 2020

Key worker letter 200320

Key worker letter no 2 200320

Key worker and vulnerable groups booking form

Critical worker form 240320 (1)

Critical Worker Form 240320

Letter from the local authority 240320

Letter to parents and carers 300320

End of Spring Term Letter 3rd April 2020

Lockdown Wellbeing Guide To Parents (1)

Letter from Clare Kershaw 200420

ECFWS Weekly Bulletin

Be Kind Online

Supporting Children’s Mental Health

What Parents Need to Know About FIFA 20

What Parents Need to Know About Houseparty

What Parents Need to Know About Houseparty

What Parents Need to Know About Minecraft

How to Maintain Good Mental Wellbeing During Isolation

10 Top Tips for Remote Learning for Parents

From Online Gaming to Online Gambling

Online Safety Tips for Children

What Parents Need to Know About Screen Addiction

What Parents Need to Know About TikTok

8 Things Parents Need to Know About YouTube Kids

Our GDPR regulations are part of the Vine Schools Trust policies.  Please click here for further information.

Guidance Living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID19 (April 2022)

Guidance People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19 (April 2022)

Guidance How to reduce the spread of infection with the people you live with if you have COVID-19 (April 2022).

Southminster COVID 19 Risk Assessment & Action Plan

Self-isolating and need help?

Return to Education – Primary School Leaflet

Letter advising parents should their be a confirmed COVID case in their child’s class (September 2021)

Confirmed COVID Case – Advice for Parents (December 2021)

Update from Director of Education at Essex County Council (December 2021)

Updated Guidance – letter from Director of Education at Essex County Council ( 14th December 2021)

Updated Guidance – letter from Director of Education at Essex County Council ( 24th February 2022)