Visiting St Michael's

If you are planning on visiting St Michael's then please read the following information which derives from and is in step with our policies on Child Protection, Initial Teacher Education and Heath & Safety for the benefit of pupils, staff and visitors at this school. Our ultimate aim is to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all pupils and staff. This school values the contributions made by visitors, which enhance the learning environment and simultaneously recognises the need for procedures which safeguard all members of the school community. St Michael's seeks to encourage contributions from the wider community to enrich the curriculum, worship, assembly etc. In addition we strive to provide opportunities for those considering a career in education to develop in a progressive school.

Ahead of Proposed Visit

  • The Headteacher must be made aware of any potential visit by an outside agency or individual.
  • Following confirmation that the visit may take place, visitors should sign in at reception on arrival and wait there until they are met by the staff member responsible for the visit.
  • Visitors are advised not to park on the play areas but to enter the car park at the first or third school entrance on the right as they descend Astley Road

DBS Clearance

Any visitor whose purpose requires them to be left unsupervised in the presence of children must have DBS clearance. This should be verified at least 20 working days before the date of their visit and requires notification with Mrs Goldsmith , the Support Services Manager at the earliest possible convenience.

Fire Alarm

Visitors must report to Administrative staff on the playground in the event of an emergency evacuation.

During the Visit

  • Visitors must sign in at reception and wear a badge so that it is clearly visible.
  • Visitors here for informal observation should not attend morning briefing.
  • Visitors without DBS clearance will remain with a member of staff at all times.
  • Visitors should return their badge on departure
  • Visitors must ensure that they adhere to the following dress code:

Dress Code

Dress is dependent upon the purpose of the visit. Visitors who are in school in a professional capacity, for example Police, Armed Forces, may clearly wear clothes/uniform associated with their profession. Any visitor whose purpose is to observe/teach classes should dress according to the following guidance which can also be found in our staff handbook:

“We have many impressionable young people in our care who look to us to set an example they may not find elsewhere. Staff are expected to dress formally; male staff in jackets, shirts and ties and female staff in jackets/skirts, jackets/formal trousers. Please ask any member of SLT if you wish for further guidance.”

Footwear should be the traditional office shoe. Trainers/Pumps are not acceptable, except for those involved in teaching Dance or PE.

Any person either without a badge or unrecognised may be challenged by staff and politely asked as to the purpose of their presence on site.