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The Role of Springwood Staff

Springwood staff embed the practice of The Teachers’ Standards 2012 which states that teachers, including headteachers, should safeguard children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties. All staff have a responsibility to provide:

  • a safe environment in which children can learn;
  • to identify children who may be in need of extra help or who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm;
  • take appropriate action, working with other services as needed, working with the designated safeguarding lead staff members and support social workers to take decisions about individual children.

The Leadership Team... three heads are better than one!

The Leadership Team... three heads are better than one! 1

Sue Underwood    Executive Headteacher

Jen Thornton         Head of School (Infants)

Jo Livingstone       Head of School (Juniors)


We are here to help, please contact us if you have any concerns or would like to tell us about anything that is going well.

The Admin Team - Always happy to help!

The Admin Team - Always happy to help! 1

Pauline West and Tracy Coltman are based in the Infant School office.  They are happy to help you with any queries and will direct you to the specialists in school to discuss your specific needs.

Kim Simmons and Suzanne Richardson are based in the Junior School.

Our Family Development Officer

Our Family Development Officer 1
Emma Parker is here to listen if you have concerns about your childs' wellbeing in school or at home; if you would like to discuss any concerns, please call or pop in to arrange an appointment.  She will be arranging a variety of events throughout the year for you to attend - watch out for details in your school letters.

The Teaching Teams; helping your children achieve their potential

The Teaching Teams; helping your children achieve their potential 1

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

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Year 1

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Year 2

The Site Manager - Derrick Weeks

The Site Manager - Derrick Weeks 1

Head of School (Infants) and Maths Manager - Jen Thornton

Head of School (Infants) and Maths Manager - Jen Thornton 1
Jen Thornton is a Lead Practitioner with a Teaching Schools Alliance.  She has worked with a range of schools to support their development.  She will be using all of her skills to further improve our maths provision and make maths fun for everyone.  Jen will be running a range of parental workshops and information sessions that you will be invited to but if you have any questions or comments in the meantime, please contact her to arrange an appointment.

The English Manager - Catherine Eamer

The English Manager - Catherine Eamer 1

Catherine is an experienced teacher who leads by example with exciting English teaching and learning opportunities.  She has previously worked for Portsmouth Local Authority. 


To find out more about how the staff structure works, who teaches in each class and who the adults are, click the staffing structure link.



Springwood Infant and Junior School (Federation) and Hampshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Check as well as other relevant pre-employment checks.



Springwood Federation ensure that everyone, this includes staff and volunteers or visitors to the site, who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. Springwood staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Springwood  staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. Springwood schools work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Springwood has a designated safeguarding lead, Mrs S Aspland, who will provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and who will liaise closely with other services such as children’s social care. 

Please refer below for the full safeguarding statement, the staff code of conduct and volunteering in schools

Disclosure and Barring Process


From December 2012 the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) and The ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) merged into a single non-departmental public body, known as The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). It is important to remember that the DBS checking processes are only a small part of the pre-employment checking systems in place to determine the suitability of prospective employees or volunteers to work in schools.


Disclosure and Barring Service checks (previously Criminal Records Bureau or CRB)


Schools must obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure on any person who will be employed or engaged to work in school or who may have unsupervised access to children in the course of their employment/engagement, or who work on a frequent basis. DBS checks cannot be requested for children under the age of 16. These individuals will not be left unsupervised with pupils.


Overseas Police Checks


The DfE guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015' (paragraph 75) states that 'individuals who have lived or worked outside the UK must undergo the same checks as all other staff in schools or colleges. In addition, schools and colleges must make any further checks they think appropriate so that any relevant events that occurred outside the UK can be considered'.

If someone has resided outside of the UK for a substantial amount of time (more than 3 months within the last 10 years), the school should seek a certificate of good conduct (or equivalent) for them.


Please refer below to linked documents in relation to the disclosure process



A Single Central Record (SCR) is a single spreadsheet-style document that holds records of a number of pre-employment checks of all staff and regular volunteers in schools. The record is required by the DfE and will be checked by Ofsted in their section 5 inspections as part of their checks on safer recruitment in schools.


The single central record includes the information of:

  • identity (including address and date of birth) of all staff and volunteers
  • qualification for all teaching staff and, if applicable, support staff
  • prohibition from teaching for all teaching staff
  • Children's Barred List (ex List 99) check for all staff and volunteers, subject to assessment of eligibility criteria
  • DBS check for all staff and volunteers
  • Right to Work in the UK for all staff and volunteers
  • Lived Abroad/overseas police checks if a person has lived abroad for a substantial period of time, certificates of conduct may need to be requested from that country of residence

in addition to the above required information, Springwood Federation, also include:

  • Childcare Disqualification Staff Declaration of all staff
  • Child Protection Training date
  • Designated Safeguarding Leader / Deputies training date


For further information please refer to the Safeguarding section above for linked documents