It is a lovely school with a welcoming feel and a positive atmosphere. Much more visible leadership team. A feeling of pride in the school. As parents we feel really proud that our son comes to such a great school, which we knew was fabulous whether OFSTED told us or not! The trips that Mrs Glover & Mrs Sear have been putting together are a fantastic idea and hope they continue. I am extremely happy with Daniel's progress since starting at the Pre-School. He seems to have made a lovely group of friends and enjoys coming in every day. I can't wait to see him progress further. Senior & middle leaders know the strengths of their staff & deploy them accordingly. More tailored support for different groups of learners has been a really big & positive change. Thank you! The Headteacher has a clear vision for the school & her ambition for it to continue to make improvements is shared by her senior team & staff.

Keeping children safe



Our safeguarding team 2019 - 2020


Ms Whichcord  Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)


Mrs Wilson  Deputy DSL


Mrs Fourie Deputy DSL


Mrs Saddington Deputy DSL


Please contact any one of the team if you have a safeguarding concern about your child.  





Keeping children safe is of paramount importance at Cliftonville School.  It underpins every decision we make on a day to day basis and is much more than having a suite of policies in place.  It takes many forms including the recruitment of new staff, risk assessments for visits, health care plans for children (and staff) with long-term medical needs, site security, regular accredited child protection staff training, online safety lessons for children, water and rail safety and staff with accredited first-aid training. 


The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) takes the lead responsibility for child protection, including support for other staff and information sharing with other agencies, developing policies and staff training.


Ms Whichcord is the lead DSL and Mrs Wilson, Mrs Fourie and Mrs Saddington are Deputy DSLs trained to the same standard.  Ms Whichcord completed refresher  'Safer recruitment' training in November 2017 and Mrs Wilson in March 2019.  Thorough pre-employment checks are made on all new staff and volunteers including the Disclosure & Barring Service, Prohibited Teachers List and GTCE sanctions list.


Mr Clayson is our online safety officer.  We take part in Safer Internet Week  in February each year.  Mr Clayson is already planning next year's as part of the European Safer Internet Day, in February 2020.  With the fast pace of changes in the digital world he attends regular national training. 


The governing body is regularly updated on all aspects of safeguarding. Two governors attended Local Authority safeguarding training in October 2018. The full governing body had safeguarding refresher training in October 2018.  The full governing body reviewed the headteacher's written annual safeguarding report :October 2019. 


11 members of staff have paediatric first aid certificates with a further 10 with emergency first aid at work or three day accredited training. 


Staff undertake the Channel Awareness training. Channel is a key process within the Prevent strategy for assessing individuals’ vulnerability to being drawn into terrorism. It focuses on early intervention and diverting people away from risk.


Ms Rebecca Avery is the KCC Lead officer for online safety.  We have received some excellent feedback from Rebecca:


'Your school website online safety and safeguarding section looks great; I really like the up-to-date links and slideshow etc. Would you mind if I use it as an example of good practice for other schools who might be looking to improve their own online safety areas on their websites?'

Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Cliftonville Primary & Pre-School. All pupils are taught how to stay safe and behave appropriately online, but this approach is only successful if we work together and reinforce safe behaviour at home too.


Whilst for many children and adults, gaming and watching a film can be an enjoyable activity, it is essential that parents ensure that their children play or watch age appropriate video games and films and discuss safe behaviour.


We have recently had children talking about games they play and films they have seen, that are clearly age inappropriate for them.


We strongly recommend that you talk with your child(ren) about the types of games that they are playing and films they watch. If you’re not sure what they are or what is involved, ask them to show you. If you have any concerns or require support with any issue arising, then speak to Mrs Troth or Mr Clayson directly.


You may like to visit the websites below for information.‚Äč


The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) team have published some handy hints to help you engage with your child(ren)'s online activities over the summer break and in the future.

Digital Magazine for parents and carers January 2019

Fortnite Fact sheet for parents and carers App


We are aware that some children are using the app at home.  The apps terms and conditions state that there is a 13+ age restriction.  If you would like any advice from Mr Clayson, our online safety officer, please contact him via the school office.  The link below has some useful information.


We are aware of pupil taking part in Pokémon Go.  Please have a look at the information from the links below on the game and the risks


The risks

There are loads of good things about the game, and there's a reason it's become so popular. But it's important to learn the risks involved:

  • Meeting people they don't know face-to-face 
    The game is designed to bring people together. Usually strangers. So you never know who they might meet.
  • There's a physical risk 
    It's easy to forget to look where you're going with this game, but they need to be careful of where they end up. There are already stories of people being lured to places that aren't safe for children.
  • It can cost a lot of money 
    There are in-app purchases and other incentives which can cost up to £79.99 (14,500 Pokécoins). Make sure the app's set up without payment options.
  • Access to personal data 
    Pokémon Go asks for personal information like your child's birth date and email address, which they're asked to enter or receive through social media accounts. Parents have the right to contact the creators to stop them from using their personal information.
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Online Child Sexual Exploitation


Dear Parent/Carer,


I am writing to you because of a recent increase in reports to Kent police of children talking to and exchanging pictures with strangers online. Videochat websites and apps like Skype, Instagram, Omegle, Oovoo, Kik, and others, allow children to talk and exchange pictures on tablets and Smartphones or via a webcam.  Whilst talking on webcam with known and trusted friends and family can be fun and exciting, children can be at risk of bullying and also abuse.


Children and young people sharing pictures and videos online are vulnerable to exploitation. This can happen in the following way:


  • An offender makes contact with a young person online through an app, chatroom or game.

  • The offender begins a conversation and tricks the young person into sending them an indecent picture, appearing naked or performing sexual acts on webcam. They can trick them by pretending to be of the same age, someone the child knows, flirting with them or sending them sexual pictures or videos.

  • The offender records or captures the picture. They then threaten to show it to others including family members if they do not perform more sexual acts. Some young people have been threatened for money or have been told to hurt themselves.

This has happened to young people and is being reported in Kent and beyond with children of both Primary and Secondary school age. This is sexual abuse.


What to do if this happens


When a child tells a parent they have experienced on or offline sexual abuse parents should react calmly and always:

  • Believe their child and tell them that they believe them.

  • Not blame them, it is not their fault, the person responsible is the offender.

  • Keep calm and talk to their child about how they feel and let them know that they’re here to listen.

  • Report the concern to Kent Police via 101 or use 999 if there is immediate risk to someone’s safety.

  • You can also report to CEOP, a national agency that tackle exploitation of children and young people. For information, advice and to report concerns directly to CEOP, visit

  • Be aware that offenders may sometimes be targeting and abusing multiple children online. Your child may possibly be one of many victims and reporting online suspicious activity may help protect many children.


    How to stop it happening

  • Set appropriate parental controls and use filters for home computers and devices (such as games consoles, tablets and Smart Phones)

  • Talk to your child about what they are doing online and ask them to show you the apps and sites they use.

  • Ensure your child understands how anyone can copy and share images or messages posted online and the importance of keeping their personal information and images safe

  • Ensure that privacy settings and age restrictions are discussed and in place for the websites and apps that your child uses.

  • Ensure that you and your child know how to block and report unwanted images and messages

  • Ensure you know how to report sexual abuse online.

If you are worried that your child is at risk of harm or a criminal offence has been committed then you can report your concerns to Kent Police or Children’s Social Care  For further advice visit,, or , our school website or talk to our online safety Officer, Mr Clayson

‘GET SAFE FOR SECONDARY’: Tuesday 3rd March at the Winter Gardens, Margate.

This event is made up of two parts and we will be taking our Year 6 pupils. Part 1 is to provide factual information, advice and awareness to our pupils in preparation for their increased independence when making their transition to Secondary.  

They will leave the morning's event having gained knowledge on topics such as:

Road Safety

Internet Safety

Stranger Danger

Basic First Aid

Fie Safety & Awareness

Anti-Social Behaviour

Basic Drugs & Smoking Awareness

Effects of shop lifting

Water Safety

The list above will provide them with good solid factual information and in turn will build their confidence to make informed choices independently. It will also allow them to reflect and take responsibility for their own behaviour and the effect certain behaviours could have in the local community.


Part 2 will be an opportunity for our pupils to meet Youth Groups and other outside activity organisations to encourage them to engage in an activity prior to starting secondary school in the hope this will carry on through their teenage years, ideally will also prevent a number of young people becoming involved in criminal activity such as anti-social behaviour and will increase their self-confidence and achievement.