Hoe Valley School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We believe that students have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment, which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse, where staff are vigilant for signs of any student in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems. We have a Safeguarding Policy and procedures in place; these can be viewed on our website in the ‘our school/policies’ section. All staff (including volunteers and Governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a student’s welfare. Where possible, we will ensure that concerns about our students are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the student’s welfare.
If your child is ever concerned about safety or well-being or about a friend, they should talk to one of the schools Designated Safeguarding Team.
Our designated staff for Safeguarding are:
|Mr K Kelly (Deputy Headteacher)||Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)|
|Mrs J Davies (Headteacher)||Deputy DSL|
|Ms V O’Keefe (Inclusion Manager)||Deputy DSL|
|Ms J Wood (SENDCO)||Deputy DSL|
|Ms S Masters ( Pastoral Head of Year 7/8)||Deputy DSL|
|Mr T Robinson (Assistant Headteacher)||Deputy DSL|
|Ms S Austen (Deputy Headteacher)||Deputy DSL|
|Mr O Woolley (Assistant Headteacher)||Deputy DSL|
|Ms M Noor (Head of Year 11)||Deputy DSL|
|Mr N Gaisford (Head of Year 10)||Deputy DSL|
|Ms C Holland (Head of Year 9)||Deputy DSL|
|Ms Urban-Marks (Head of Year 8)||Deputy DSL|
|Mr M Henry (Head of Year 7)||Deputy DSL|
|Ms T Wright (Lead First Aider)||Deputy DSL|
|Ms N Cotet (Inclusion/Student Support)||Deputy DSL|
|Ms S Lucas (Inclusion/Student Support)||Deputy DSL|
|Ms V Walshe (Attendance Officer)||Deputy DSL|
|Ms N Johnson (Mental Health Lead)||Deputy DSL|
The following links may be useful for parents to explore.