Safeguarding our Students

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I would like to welcome you all to the Safeguarding section of our website. 

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and supporting families is very important to us in order to promote our school vision of “Living life in all its fullness”.

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of our children and young people and to protect them from harm, providing them with opportunities to ”be the best that they can be” and achieve their desired outcomes.

Safeguarding means: protecting children from abuse and maltreatment.

We recognise that Safeguarding and Child Protection is an essential part of our “Duty of Care” to all students and all staff, we have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. We understand that safeguarding, child protection and promoting the welfare of all children is everyone’s responsibility and everyone has a role to play in protecting children. We recognise that our school is part of a wider safeguarding system for children and work closely with other agencies to promote the welfare of children. We maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ and will consider the wishes of, and at all times, what is in the best interests of each child.

We aim to:

  • Ensure we practice safe recruitment in line with national legislation by using at least one suitably trained recruiter on all interview panels and by checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children and ensuring any unsuitable behaviour is reported and managed using the Allegations Management procedures.
  • Raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
  • Implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
  • Support pupils who have been abused in accordance with their agreed child protection plan.
  • Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.

We offer support and advice to our pupils and families at an early stage when concerns first arise to avoid an escalation of circumstances.

If you have any worries or concerns regarding the safety or well-being of any of our students or would just like to ask a question please contact the Safeguarding Team.

You can contact us in a variety of ways – whatever is the most comfortable for you.

  • via main reception in person – just ask for a member of the Safeguarding Team (you do not need to give the reason why)
  • by telephone on 024 76 223542 and ask to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team
  • or you can send an email (for non emergency use) to:

For any concerns outside of school hours please contact the Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively you can call the MASH helpline 02476 788 555 or 02476 832222 (after 5pm).

Safeguarding is of paramount importance to us, we are happy and ready to help you and will take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of our school community, the school is compliant with all statutory guidance in relation to Child Protection.

Health and Wellbeing

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and supporting families are important to us in order to promote our school vision of ‘Living life in all its fullness’. Please see below links of support that is available.

Parent Factsheets

Safeguarding Newsletters

Safeguarding Newsletter Summer 1

Safeguarding Newsletter Spring 2

Safeguarding Christmas Newsletter 2022