Our commitment to young people
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A message from the Designated Safeguarding Lead
As a school, safeguarding young people is our number one priority. We have in place an extensive network of staff who are able to support our students with their concerns, wellbeing issues to the safety of the site. Staff know that building relationships with students is the key to safeguarding them and ensuring that they are able to talk openly and honestly with us so that we can offer the right intervention for the right need at the right time.
Our pastoral team is extensive and experienced in supporting students. It includes dedicated year teams but also extends to other members of the school staff. All staff work to improve student attendance and foster an atmosphere of support so that students can meet their full potential.
Our pastoral support programme includes:
- A pastoral team to support students with any concerns they may have
- Strong staff and student relationships to enable open discussion
- Referrals made to outside agencies to gain further support for students if needed
- A dedicated wellbeing team to support students with their personal safety, managing emotions, building positive relationships and mental health concerns
- A designated extensive safeguarding team of 18 highly-trained staff
- Safe spaces around the school site
- Open and honest lines of communication with parents and carers
- A behaviour support team working with external agencies
- Extensive staff training to identify emotional wellbeing and safeguarding concerns
- Support groups and designated staff for students such as LGBT+ and students from ethnic minorities
We value the importance of delivering key safeguarding and protection messages to all students through our robust and adaptive curriculum. Educating young people about how to safeguard themselves and others is key to their character development and will enable them to have a positive personal ethos.
- Character education lessons develop student understanding of safeguarding and wellbeing through a range of topics such as bullying, e-safety, healthy relationships and emotional and mental health
- Students are informed and developed through tutor sessions, which include discussions and debate
- Values education is taught across the wider school curriculum, through topical work such as poetry in English and bullying and mental health in drama
Our students are taught to show respect for our school community. Through our safety measures we are able to protect and teach our young people during the school day so that they can learn secure environment.
Our site safety includes:
- A secure school boundary
- Cameras throughout the school communal areas
- Filtered internet access
- Wellbeing and safeguarding concerns flagged and followed up by appropriate DSL staff
- An extensive first aid team
- Staff identification badges
- An Electronic signing in system for staff and visitors
- A Covid secure site which is continually monitored according to government guidelines