Visiting St Margaret's

If you are planning on visiting St Margaret'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 Margaret'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 Head of School 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 to park on the Staff and Visitors car park.

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 prior to the date of their visit and requires notification with Mrs McGuiness, the Enquiries and Admissions Secretary at the earliest possible convenience.  You will be asked and MUST show your Enhanced DBS Clearance Certificate prior to working unsupervised, and even if this is provided you may still be accompanied for the duration of your visit.

Disabled Access

If you have a disability you are requested to make this know to our admin staff so that any potential barriers you may encounter are reduced wherever possible.  You may choose to notify staff when making an initial enquiry to visit.  We have disabled parking available.  Some exit buttons within the school have been raised in height to prevent child use, to exit the building we respectlfully request you ask staff for assistance if necessary. Should you have any queries please raise this initially with the Enquiries Secretary.

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 school's expectations.  Ask if you are not sure.

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.