Safeguarding

Safeguarding our students at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form is of the utmost importance.  If you have any concerns about the safety of a child or children at our school during term time, please do not hesitate to contact the school:

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – Assistant Principal
Mrs L Veeren
01603 497711 (ext 247) – Click to Email: lveeren45rp@yare-edu.org.uk

Alternative Designated Safeguarding Lead (ADSL) – Student Family Counsellor
Mr A Byram
01603 497711 (ext 225) – Click to Email: abyram9nrp@yare-edu.org.uk

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are contactable during the school holidays should you wish to report a concern. Please use the email addresses detailed above. Please note that emails are checked periodically and you will not receive an immediate response.

The school also has the following alternate designated safeguarding leads:

Mr G Dewar – Assistant Principal – Head of Year 8 School
01603 497711 (ext 223)

Mrs G Thetford – BEST Lead (Year 9)
01603 497711 (ext 210)

Ms G Larkman – BEST Lead (Year 10)
01603 497711 (ext 227) or 01603 497727 (Direct)

Mrs S Frary – Well-being Officer
01603 497711 (ext 274)

Mrs J Batson – Student Guidance and Support Lead and BEST Lead (Sixth Form)
01603 497711 (ext 269)

Mr K Hart – Lettings Co-ordinator
01603 497711 (ext 277)

Principal
Mrs P Bignell
01603 497711

Vice Principal
Mr P Lambert
01603 497711

SENDCO
Mr P Salgado
01603 497711

Named Safeguarding Governor
Mrs K Giles
01603 497711

Chair of Governors
Dr L Steynor
01603 497711


Reporting Concerns During School Holidays

  • If you feel a child is in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the Police. 

  • If you are concerned about the welfare of a child you can report this to the Children’s Advice and Duty Service on 0344 800 8020.

  • Call the Police on 101 for non-emergency enquiries.

  • You can also report a crime online https://www.norfolk.police.uk/contact-us/5-report-it

Further information on the Children’s Advice and Duty Service and the ‘See Something, Hear Something, Say Something’ campaign can be found at:

Reporting Concerns in Norfolk


Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB)

See below for some useful resources on Harmful Sexual Behaviour and how to get support:

Parents Guide:

Parent’s Guide on Harmful Sexual Behaviour Prevention

Lucy Faithfull:

Another organisation that strives to prevent child sexual abuse is The Lucy Faithfull Foundation – to find out more, follow this link:

Lucy Faithfull

Stop Abuse Together:

Let’s Stop Abuse Together!

Click here to find out more: Stop Abuse Together Campaign

CEOP:

If you are worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone is communicating online you can make a report via the Child Exploitation Online Protection Command (CEOP):

CEOP

Reminder: The Police and NSPCC have a free helpline to support children and their families affected by the investigation around Mr Clarke. The number for support is 0800 389 5347.


Our Approach

At Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form, we recognise that each day we are entrusted with the most precious members of your families. There is nothing more important to us than the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of our students and staff alike. As such we have worked hard to create and maintain a climate in which staff, students, parents and Governors feel able to articulate concerns, safe in the knowledge that effective action will be taken as appropriate.

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy apply to all adults working in or on behalf of our School. We expect everyone working in, for or visiting our School to share responsibility for keeping children safe from harm and abuse and report any concerns either via CPOMS (school staff) or directly to one of our DSLs (visitors and contractors) via the extension numbers below.

Together we must ensure that all children, their families and our staff, feel safe, valued and cared for at all times and are nurtured to thrive and achieve to be the best they can be.

Safeguarding Policy

Note: St Giles SOS+ have yet to publish new dates for their webinars but if you want some more information about them – here is a link to their website: St Giles Trust SOS+


E-Safety

Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form takes the E-Safety of our students very seriously. Throughout the curriculum we provide activities and opportunities for students to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe. Teaching students about how to stay safe and behave online, including identifying risks and how and when to seek support is crucial.

Think U Know

 #AskTheAwkward has been created to help you to explore online relationships with your secondary aged children, making these conversations part of everyday life.

For more information go to: Parents – Ask the Awkward

Judicium Education – We Take Care of It

Information for Parents on Omegle

NSPCC – Keeping Children Safe – Online Safety

Hackett Continuum Tool


Report Remove Tool for naked images and videos (IWF)

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has created the world’s first tool to help children and young people get naked images of themselves removed from the internet.

The Report Remove Tool can be accessed through the Childline website. IWF analysts will then review the content and create a unique digital fingerprint known as a hash, before sharing it with tech companies to help prevent it from being uploaded and shared.

For more information and to access the Report Remove Tool, go to:

Report Remove Tool


Reporting Harmful Content

If you are concerned about any of the above – click on the link below to report:

Report Harmful Content

If we see something that we don’t like online, it is everyone’s responsibility to keep us safe online, by reporting it!


Safer Internet Day

Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form have shown our commitment to protecting our pupils online by working with National Online Safety team – providing resources for all parents and carers.

08 February 2022 marked the annual celebration of Safer Internet Day and we are calling on you, as parents and carers, to work together with us to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers. Learning how to act safely when using the internet is an incredibly important part of safeguarding our children.

How can you get involved?

The resources include Parents & Carers courses (presented by Myleene Klass), online video resources and weekly guides covering a huge range of topics, including:

  • Online Relationships

  • Fake Profiles & Social Bots

  • Online Bullying

  • Online Grooming

  • Child Sexual Exploitation 

  • Sexual Harassment & Violence

  • Sexting

  • Live Streaming

  • Online Identity

  • Screen Addiction 

  • Online Challenges

  • Overspending

  • Social Media Platforms

  • Online Gambling

  • Radicalisation, Terrorism & Extremism 

  • Age Inappropriate Content

  • Copyright & Ownership 

  • Hacking

  • Fake News

  • Online Fraud

  • Online Reputation

  • Personal Data

  • Pornography 

  • Targeted Adverts & Pop-Ups

  • The Dark Web

  • Games & Trends

To create your account, complete your details by clicking here:

National Online Safety – TSAS

When you’re set up, you’ll be able to set ‘Parent/Carer’ as your user type. You can access National Online Safety online via any device – including via our brand-new smartphone app. To download the app, please go to:

Apple App – National Online Safety

Google App – National Online Safety 

Alternatively, search for ‘National Online Safety’ in the App Store/Google Play Store. Answers to frequently asked questions and customer service can be accessed at:

FAQs – National Online Safety 

Organisations and Resources for Parents and Carers


Statement of Intent – Anti-bullying

Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form believes that all students are entitled to learn in a safe and supportive environment; this means being free from all forms of bullying behaviour.  All staff, parents and students work together to prevent and reduce any instances of bullying at the school. There is a zero-tolerance policy for bullying at the school. Proactive strategies such as learning about tolerance and difference as part of the school’s curriculum are also important as these aim to promote our inclusive, tolerant and supportive ethos.

Our Anti-bullying Policy outlines how instances of bullying are dealt with, including the procedures to prevent occurrences of bullying.  The Education and Inspections Act 2006 outlines several legal obligations regarding the school’s response to bullying. Under section 89, schools must have measures in place to encourage good behaviour and prevent all forms of bullying amongst pupils. These measures are part of the school’s Behaviour and Attitude for Excellence Policy, which is communicated to all pupils, school staff and parents.

Anti-bullying – Phone Smart

PhoneSmart has been created for children, age 10-13, who have just received their first smartphone.

It’s also a tool for parents and carers to help gauge their child’s readiness for the responsibilities of smartphone ownership, as well as helping to start the bigger conversations about the risks they might face online.

Click on this link to find out more: EE Phone Smart

Anti-Bulling Week 2021:  One Kind Word

Our students took part in many activities during Anti-Bullying Week 2021, which took place from 15-19 November 2021. Here is a selection of posters created by our Year 8 students during PSHEE lessons, to support Anti-bullying Week 2021:


Partners across Norfolk are supporting the Government’s ‘Enough’ to violence against women and girls campaign.  Please click on the picture below for more information.


Please click on the link below to see the Norfolk Police Safer School’s Newsletter

Norfolk Police Safer Schools Newsletter Spring Term 2022