ESJ receives safeguarding awardPosted: 6th July 2020
Daily phone calls to students are just one of the reasons our school has been recognised for its safeguarding efforts during lockdown.
Epping St John’s Church of England School has been given the Safeguarding Initiative Award, recognising schools which have demonstrated exceptional safeguarding during the crisis.
To secure the award, the school had to submit evidence to show how it has been taking care of its community.
Head of school Michael Yerosumou said: “Our philosophy from the start of the crisis has been to keep in touch with our students. We have been contacting some students every day, others every week. That has been very well received by parents who have been really grateful we have stayed in touch so much.
“It is always nice to be recognised, especially at a time like this. It is testament to the work the pastoral team and heads of year have done. There has been a lot of work going on in the background on schemes of work and assessments, so we are ready for September. But, that client facing part of the school is such an important job, too.
“Adversity can really pull people together. It is when we go quiet that people can get things wrong and anxiety sets in; the more we talk, the more reassurance there is in the community.”