The academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Parents can feel confident that careful procedures are in place to ensure that all staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children within the academy. The academy encourages parents and children to talk freely about any concerns or worries which may affect educational progress. It is important to us that parents and pupils see the academy as a safe place.
Children will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. Pupils may be referred for additional bespoke support from external agencies who work closely with the academy. The academy will endeavour to work in partnership with parents at all times to inform them of additional support required or accessed for their child. However, staff cannot guarantee to consult parents first, or to keep children's concerns confidential, if a referral must be made to agencies in order to safeguard the child's welfare.
If you have any concerns relating to any student in our academy please contact one of the following designated staff.
Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs S Benton-Miller
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs L Garnett
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs N Clayton
There are no typical characteristics of young people who may be more at risk than others of being radicalised. However a sudden change in behaviour could be a potential indicator. Sometime those at risk may be encouraged, by the people they are in contact with, not to draw attention to themselves. If you feel there is a change in your child's behaviour, parents are encouraged to inquire about their children's well being. It is important for parents to keep an open channel of communication that involves listening to their child's views and concerns. You may not always agree with your child, but you should convey to them that you've understood his or her point of view and want the best for them. However, if you are concerned about your child you should talk to a local faith or community leader, person of influence or teacher.
The form tutor is the key person for your child throughout his/her time at Academy. It is the form tutor who will meet them each day for registration. He or she will help children through any concerns, help monitor their progress and encourage them to get the best out of school.
We go to great lengths to ensure that the Academy site is safe and secure for all. At break and lunchtimes, staff patrol the site and provide key supervision in the main pupil areas. All site visitors, including parents, are asked to report to reception on arrival and to sign out on departure. Pupils are responsible for their own belongings, and therefore, all personal items must be clearly named.
To help us to support your child, it is important that our records are kept up-to-date. Please do let us know whenever any changes in your child's details occur. This information is essential should there ever be an emergency.
Children and young people have individual rights. Above all, they have the right to have their basic needs met and to be free from harm. The protection of our children is enshrined in law and our school procedures adhere to those defined by law. A senior member of the Academy's Leadership Team has a specific responsibility for child protection issues.
Protection from Bullying
Our Academy community treats all accusations of bullying as serious matters of concern. Teaching and support staff are aware of the need for vigilance and will follow up any incident that could involve bullying. Students are encouraged to take a key role in making our school a safe and happy place for everyone. They should tell someone if they are being bullied or see any form of bullying.