Safeguarding & pastoral care

Mr Richard Rees (Deputy Headteacher) has responsibility for the safeguarding and wellbeing of all pupils. The school’s safeguarding procedures adhere to guidance from the Welsh Government and Local Safeguarding Board. Ysgol Bae Baglan also has a CCTV system within its grounds and security fencing has been erected around the perimeters. All visitors to the school must report to the school office on arrival to sign in. The premises are monitored throughout the day, with teaching staff also supervising the premises at both break and lunch times. No pupil is allowed off school site at either break or lunchtime.

Traffic through the school is speed limited and pupils are restricted from entering the car park areas. In addition, all staff driving the school minibus are suitably qualified.

Pastoral Care
Ysgol Bae Baglan operates the following system:

Lower School led by Mrs Kath Palmer for pupils in Nursery to Year 4.

Middle School led by Mr Anthony Marchant for pupils in Year 5 to Year 8.

Upper School led by Mr Stewart Davies for pupils in Year 9 to Year 11.

The day to day organisation and guidance of pupils is the main responsibility of the Wellbeing Directors. They have responsibility for the welfare, attendance, punctuality and behaviour of pupils in their year group. Pupils within each Year Group are grouped into forms made up of pupils from all our partner Primary Schools. We do, where possible attempt to keep friendship groups together, but we also encourage pupils to mix and to make new friends. Each form will be in the care of a Form Tutor who will get to know pupils well during daily morning registration. Pupils should feel free to discuss with their form tutor any issues that are worrying them, as well as informing them of any successes and achievements. The Middle School contains vertical tutor groups which contain a mixture of Year 7 and Year 8 pupils belonging to two pastoral bands with Mrs Louise Preedy and Mrs Aimie Rewbury acting as Wellbeing Directors. Mrs Hayley Harris and Mrs Mel Murphey Harris are responsible for transition and both are available to deal with any pastoral issues. Pupils in the Lower School can share concerns with their class teacher and classroom assistants with whom they have daily contact.

The school also employs Pastoral Support Assistants who work closely with pupils and the Education Welfare Service. In addition, Ysgol Bae Baglan has a fulltime school-based counselling service which pupils can access through an online self-referral process, placing requests in counselling boxes or asking staff to assist with a referral. The School Nurse provides a drop-in service and strong links also exist with external agencies who provide specialist pastoral support.

The school follows all child protection guidelines and procedures and has a Designated Child Protection Officer, Mr Richard Rees and Deputy Designated Child Protection Officers in Mrs Kath Palmer (Lower School), Mr Anthony Marchant (Middle School) and Mr Stewart Davies (Upper School).