Parent Guidance For Pastoral Support & Safeguarding

These are unprecedented times and we all need to keep each other safe. The next couple of months will be very different, our school community will not be together but we will still be connected. We will continue to provide support and care for our students and our families. Please be aware that our Pastoral and Safeguarding teams are available during the school closure. If there are any issues you feel we should know about or anything we can help you with, please e-mail your enquiry and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible:


Safeguarding -

If you have any concerns or are worried about your child or another young person’s safety or well-being you can contact by email:


Helen Howson (Designated Safeguarding Lead) - or 

Sheila Taylor -


Parents and carers can also access additional support and advice in the Safeguarding section on our school website


Pastoral Support -

Pastoral Support: Sheila Taylor -


Head of Year 7: Mrs McGuiness  -

Head of Year 8: Miss Atkinson  -

Head of Year 9: Mrs MacFarland -

Head of Year 10: Mr Clarke -

Head of Year 11: Mr McArdle -

Head of 6th form: Mr James -

Assistant Head of 6th form: Mrs Hill -


Staying Safe Online

At this time, your child is likely to be spending a lot of time online at home. Try to set up a space for your child to work downstairs in a location where you are around. Not only will this enable you to work with them and help keep them motivated, it will enable you to see what they are doing on their iPad, phone and games console. You may want to contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and implement appropriate filtering settings if they are not applied already. Mobile phone providers can also provide filtering services on the 3/4/5G networks now, so worth contacting them as well. Don’t forget, many mobile devices can be used to ‘hotspot’ a WiFi connection (this allows any WiFi device to use the mobile data on the phone), so just switching off your router or filtering a single PC will not necessarily solve the problem.

There is a lot of advice available to help keep your child safe online. We have updated our information for parents and carers and below are some useful links to online resources to help support you in doing this:

·       Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)

·       Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)


·       Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)


·       LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)


·       Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)


It is also very important that your child knows that they should always raise and then report any concerns whilst online. Below are some useful links to help them do this as well school email addresses for safeguarding and pastoral staff which are listed above:

·       CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse


·       UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content



Coronavirus and your Mental Health

You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful but there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. The information on is there to help you cope.

The NHS website also has lots of tips and advice on coping with stress and anxiety related to the Coronavirus.

How should I support my child with maintaining positive wellbeing?

It is likely to be a very difficult time for them. Aside from the importance of trying to keep to a daily routine, try to encourage them to spend some time each day chatting to their friends on the phone or via face time.

If you or your child are struggling and need further pastoral support, please consider using the charities and organisations that are set up to help in times of need. Below you can find a comprehensive list together with their contact details.

The NHS Mental Health Helplines page provides an invaluable list of organisations that can offer support and advice if you are concerned about yourself or a loved one. A few key organisations (some are on the NHS Mental Health Helplines page, some aren’t):

·       Childline

Phone: 0800 1111
Free 1-to-1 chat support and 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK.

·       Hopeline UK

Phone: 0800 068 4141
A specialist telephone service that gives non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to young people

·       Kooth
Counsellors available until 10pm every day. Free, safe and anonymous online counselling for young people. Check whether this is offered in your area.

·       On My Mind
Information for young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing.

·       Samaritans

Phone: 116 123
Free 24-hour helpline. Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including suicidal feelings.

·       Young Stonewall

Phone: 0800 050 2020
Information and support for all young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people

If you SEE something..... SAY something!
Under the current COVID 19 measures many families do not have their usual support and protective factors around them, including schools, family and friends and support groups. As a result children and young people may become ‘hidden’ and may be very vulnerable.

During the pandemic professionals and volunteers may come into contact with children and families that they haven’t met before, therefore could you raise awareness with both professionals and the communities you work with, to highlight the dangers for children and young people and promote the ‘See Something… Say something’ campaign posters below.

click on above image to open up posters



Students benefit from an education which enables them to move on to further success when they leave.

Ofsted 2018

Pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is effective.

Ofsted 2018

Students make good progress because of the typically strong standard of teaching.

Ofsted 2018

The support for pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan is matched to their specific requirements. Consequently, these pupils typically make good progress and move on to next steps in education and employment.

Ofsted 2018

Leaders have reviewed the curriculum, so that the courses offered match pupils’ needs and interests and prepare them for their next steps in education or employment effectively.

Ofsted 2018