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Independent Visitor

The Independent Visitor (IV), who is independent of the management of the school is appointed by the Trust Board with the Trust CEO (in the role of Clerk to the Trust) fulfilling a commissioning role for the IV in the school. The Independent Visitor is briefed and inducted into the role by the school Assistant Headteacher of Aspirations & Wellbeing. Such induction is evidenced in a dated and authorised record.

Additionally, each review/visit (minimum of six throughout the year) is recorded and is subject to a check for completeness and compliance by the Lead Governor for Residential Standards/Safeguarding as well as made available during Ofsted inspections. 

The Independent Visitor will arrange unannounced/announced visits and reviews and have the ability to hold by arrangement “listening” sessions with students and staff. Visits to undertake the role will be fully at the discretion of the Independent Visitor and will include unannounced review of facilities and relevant activities for students across the residential experience of pupils.

Additionally the Independent Visitor is expected to develop practical arrangements to be available for day students attending the school. This development and arrangements will allow day students to access a similar level of independent advocate and voice on their behalf.

Following each visit by the Independent Visitor a report is completed and will be issued to the following in its finalised form to:

  • The Clerk to the Governing Body (CEO).
  • The Headteacher (with courtesy copy to the Head of Care).
  • The Lead Governor (for residential standards and safeguarding).

It is expected that any matters for action will be acted upon by the Headteacher via local arrangements for the operation of senior management processes.

Contact details for the IV can be obtained from School Reception or concerns can be emailed directly at independentvisitor@stdominicsschool.org.uk.