Soham Village College

Vision, ValueS & Aims

Our vision is to be a truly outstanding Village College at the heart of its community

  • We aim to provide an education in which outcomes for students are outstanding
  • We are committed to the provision of a curriculum which gives every student the opportunity to achieve highly and to enjoy learning
  • We encourage students to develop the skills they will need for working life
  • We are committed to the well-being of all of our students and help them adopt a lifestyle which is safe, healthy and constructive within the local community
  • We seek to enable our students to reflect on their own experiences and those of others to develop a clear set of personal values in which respect for self, others and the environment is central

Soham Village College is committed to helping to safeguard the welfare of children and young people.

The following is an extract from Department for Education guidance – ‘Keeping children safe in education Information for all school and college staff’ (March 2015)

The role of the school or college

Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. School and college staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Schools and colleges and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. Schools and colleges should work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm’.

The following is an extract from Department for Education guidance – ‘Keeping children safe in education Information for all school and college staff’ (September 2016)

A child centred and coordinated approach to safeguarding

  1. Schools and colleges and their staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children.
  2. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

More detail can be found in our ‘Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy’ which is maintained by the Staploe Education Trust.