The staff at our school are committed to providing a safe place for all students, and a place where they can feel confident, have ambition and succeed.

The welfare of our students is paramount and at the centre of all we do.

Our large safeguarding team is led by our Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead, Assistant Principal, Danielle Pendell.

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead:
    • Danielle Pendell, Assistant Principal
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:
    • Fiona Horne – Key Stage 4 Progress Leader
    • Rebecca King – Key Stage 4 Student Support Manager
    • Ellie Askham – Key Stage 3 Progress Leader
    • Kerry Hardy – Key Stage 3 Student Support Manager
    • Sam Blades – Keystage 4 Assistant Progress Leader 
    • Phoebe Faulkner – Assistant Progress Leader
    • Courtney Gray - Assistant Progress Leader 
    • Ant Collins - Assistant Progress Leader
    • Sarah Kenning - SENDCO
    • Julie McBrearty – Principal (Single Point of Contact)
    • Martin Towers – Director of Finance and Operations
    • Matt Jerred – Vice Principal
    • Caroline Bowden - Assistant Principal
    • Cheryl Gerald – Assistant Principal
  • Prevent Single Point of Contact (SPOC) Julie McBrearty, Principal
  • Designated Teacher for Children in Care: Danielle Pendell
  • Nominated Safeguarding Governor: John Hill, Vice Chair

Our safeguarding team holds weekly meetings to ensure matters are dealt with expeditiously and within current guidelines.

Our safeguarding policy is centred around the fact that everyone has a responsibility to safeguard our school community, students and staff alike, and our staff receive regular training and updates.  Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 ensures our statutory duty is met promoting the welfare and safety of students and assisting in ensuring the best possible outcomes are achieved.

Child Protection is key to ensuring both the health and wellbeing of our students.  We work closely with colleagues from the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Team and First Response to guarantee we protect our students who are at risk of or are suffering significant harm.


All Leicester City and Leicestershire County schools are part of Operation Encompass which is a safeguarding initiative aimed at improving outcomes for children and families affected by domestic violence and abuse.

Operation Encompass is a protocol whereby schools are formally notified of any reported incident of domestic violence at an address at which children are present or normally resident. It is run in partnership with Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and with Leicestershire Police.

All public agencies currently share information where there are safeguarding concerns or risk of harm to children and the Police now share information about all incidents of domestic abuse through Operation Encompass.

To further support the welfare of children, when any domestic abuse incident has been reported to the Police during the school term and one of our pupils was in the household, the information is shared with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

This system has been introduced because domestic abuse in a household can have a huge impact on children, even if they do not see what is happening.

This information will be used to ensure the school is able to provide appropriate support to pupils. The information will remain confidential and will only be shared on a strictly need-to-know basis. For example, with the class teacher. It will not be shared with children.

If you would like to speak to someone in confidence about domestic abuse, call the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 802 0028


Should you require any advice or support with safeguarding, please refer to the following contacts:

Leicestershire County Council

First Response

If you have significant concerns about a child’s safety

0116 305 0005


Leicester City Council

0116 454 1004



18 or Under?

Childline offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help.

0800 1111



Contact the NSPCC helpline

If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact our professional counsellors for help, advice and support.

0808 800 5000


The Samaritans

Confidential emotional support




A provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults



Confidential drugs information and advice

0300 123 6600


CAMHS Family Therapy Team 

A new service that has been set up for families across Leicester and Leicestershire.  Families can ring and self refer for support.

0116 2952909

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