Merton Park Primary School

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Pupils do exceptionally well at this school, in terms of both their academic and personal development.

Leaders, including governors, are relentless in their ambition to make this school the best it can be.

The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning. They work hard at all times and persevere with tasks that are frequently challenging.

The warm, mutually supportive relationships that staff and pupils have with each other make this a very caring, nurturing school.

Provision in the Early Years is outstanding. Children make rapid and sustained progress due to excellent teaching and imaginative activities.

The curriculum is excellent. It promotes a real love for learning in pupils, as they have many opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills within a real-life context.

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Online safety guidance

Some of the issues you may be aware of surrounding internet use for children and young adults are as follows:

  • Staying safe online - content, contact & conduct
  • Cyberbullying
  • Social networking

These issues are all covered in the sites recommended below and we strongly advise you to take some time to read and understand the areas. If you have any questions then you are welcome to contact school for advice. We do provide regular e-safety training sessions for parents and feedback from past events is that attendance is very beneficial.

Our school internet is filtered - Google web searches & Youtube both default to safe-search mode in school and children are appropriately supervised during internet use. Children are taught how to search safely, effectively, respectfully & responsibly. This involves thinking about appropriate key words to use and only visiting recognised sites. They are taught what action to take if they do see something upsetting. At home this may be turning off the screen and telling an adult immediately. We also include age-appropriate lessons on copyright and plagiarism.

Please be aware that Google Images cannot be effectively filtered and so children may be better using alternative sites, such as

At home, children may have access to the web from many different devices, not just PC's and laptops.  They often have tablets, mobile phones, X Boxes, Playstations, Nintendo DS,             e-Readers and other wifi-enabled devices. It's important to be aware of this and the best way to ensure their safety is to ensure that your child is supervised whilst having such access. With many of these devices they are able to access inappropriate sites & games, and may also be able to communicate with strangers online. Some devices do have the ability to impose parental controls.

If you are at all unsure as to the suitability of various platforms, games or films, you can check them out here. This site rates them for content & gives minimum age guidance.

Many parental guides are also available on the Common Sense Media website - our own lessons on Digital Citizenship are based on these materials.The e-safety training we use comes from Childnet and they also have lots of useful materials for parents and games for children of all ages. Guidance on individual social networking sites, together with privacy advice, can be found here.

It's important to talk openly with your children about staying safe online - just as it is about crossing the road and stranger-danger. Discuss potential issues and what to do if anything happens. We would want children to tell an adult immediately, but how you respond to this is very important. Whilst it would be tempting to ban children from using devices, is not necessarily the right course of action as it may discourage them from telling in future.  They may also start using them outside of the home where you are not aware or supervising their use.

If children receive inappropriate or bullying messages then it's important to keep them as evidence.

If you have any concerns or questions about online safety please arrange to speak to someone at school.  You will find a presentation by Derek Crabtree, Schools' ICT manager for Merton here;  there are useful links for all parents & carers.