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Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm, safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harrassment and safe from radicalisation.

Vice Principal, Mr. D. Piercy, is responsible for monitoring the strategic and operational effectiveness of safeguarding across the Trust.

Mrs. N. Lillywhite, is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

Mr. Y. Moyet, Mrs. M. Philp, Ms S. Daltrey, Ms. H. Walden and Mrs. L. Rutter are the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL).

Click here for the Academy's Safeguarding Policy                    

Click here for the DfE's Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 

Click here for KCSIE 2020

Click here for KCSIE 2020 - Part 1

Click here for the DfE's What to do if you are Worried a Child is being Abused

Click here for teh DfE's Keeping Children Safe from Harm - Advice to Parents

Click here for the Academy's Recruitment Policy 

Click here for the Academy's Code of Conduct (Staff) Policy

Click here for the Academy's E-Safety Policy  

Click here for guidance on  Sexting

Click here for guidance on  Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Against Children 2018

Click here for the Academy's Whistleblowing Policy

Click here for guidance on SET Procedures

Extremism and Radicalisation

'Extremism' is a belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable. It may include values and ideologies which may well be legal, but which could place people on a course towards supporting illegal, violent extremist views.

'Radicalisation' is the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups.

Children and young people have a natural curiosity which, as parents, we want to encourage. However, as our children grow up we have to take different steps to ensure their safety.

Currently a number of young people have been persuaded to leave the country against the wishes of their families, or in secret, putting themselves in extreme danger.

As a parent you may be worried about how extremism and radicalisation might affect your child. The following information may be useful in recognising the signs and supporting your child.

Click here for the DfE's Prevent Duty and Prevent Duty Guidance

Click here for the Parents' Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation

Click here for the DfE's Use of Social Media in Radicalisation

Click here for the DfE's Education Against Hate

Click here for Channel Programme Guidance

County Lines

'County Lines' refers to a type of criminal exploitation in which gangs and organised crime networks exploit children to sell drugs. Often these children are made to travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs.

Click here for Home Office guidance on County Lines

Recognising the Signs - 


If you have a safeguarding concern, please use one or more of the contacts below:

E-mail the DSL in the first instance - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

E-mail the Local Authority - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Make a referral to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Home Office 'Prevent' Training

Week commencing Monday 30th September, pupils in Year 7-11 participated in assemblies from a Home Office Designated Officer, which included discussing sensitive topics e.g. terrorism and terrorist ideology and how to challenge these ideas.

E-Safety - Online Safety and Cyberbullying Themed School Tour

On Tuesday 6th October, Year 7 and 8 pupils watched the Online Safety and Cyberbullying Themed School Tour, delivered by Waterloo Road actor 'Joe Slater' and presenter 'Hussain'. 

E-Safety Evening 

On Monday 12th October, the Academy held an E-Safety Evening for the parents of Year 7 pupils. During the evening, there was a presentation from Mr. N. Houchen and an ‘e-clinic’ where parents could speak to staff about any aspect of E-Safety.

As a follow up to the evening, any parent wishing to undertake ‘Level 1 E-Safety Awareness’ through an accredited provider (NCS), please contact Vice Principal and CEOP Ambassador, Mr. C. Niner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Road Safety

On Wednesday 21st October, the Southend Borough Council Road Safety Team delivered an interactive presentation to Year 7 pupils.





Anti-Bullying Week

Week commencing 30th November, pupils, across all year groups, participated in anti-bullying assemblies. They were presented with a range of scenarios and information to ensure that they understood the implications of bullying, how to report it, and how to gain support.



Safer Internet Day

On 9th February, during their Computing lessons, pupils undertook a series of activities to mark Safer Internet Day.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the event sees over a 1000 organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

The range of topics covered included the following: cyberbullying, online reputation, sexting, social networking, downloading, gaming, online grooming, apps, video chat, webcams, location services and premium rate content.




Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

On Friday 18th March, pupils in Year 7 and 8, during their PSHE lesson, undertook activities associated with Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day.


Healthy Relationships - Prince Charming Theatre in Education Group Tour

On Tuesday 5th July, Year 10 pupils partook in a 'healthy relationships' interactive workshop. The workshop involved actors performing a variety of scenes (within the context of relationships) and pupils judging and anaylsing their language, dialogue and actions.




Positive Thinking Seminar - Essex Outreach

On 28th September, Year 11 pupils attended a 'motivational' seminar, undertaken by Essex Outreach in association with Essex University.



E-Safety Information Event

On 17th October, as part of the Year 7 Transition Evening, parents were able to access to an 'e-clinic' where key staff were available to provide information, advice (including technical knowhow) to assist them in keeping their child(ren) safe online.

Click here for the E-Safety Information Sheet

Anti-Bullying Week

Week commencing 14th November, Year 7 and 8 pupils took part in 'drop down' interactive sessions covering the key aspects of bullying.







Motivational Speakers

Kanuka Simpson

On Tuesday 7th March, Year 10 pupils ‘dropped down’ from their normal timetable to work with a guest speaker – Kanuka Simpson. 

The day started with Kanuka speaking to all Year 10 pupils. He shared both experiences and suggestions on how they can take action to improve their concentration, focus and exam results. Kanuka then led two workshops encouraging pupils to think differently, and to consider how they might move outside of their ‘comfort zones’ so they can grow, take more control and fulfil their potential.


Aldo Kane

On Wednesday 29th March, pupils from Years 7-10 had the opportunity to listen to a special guest speaker - Aldo Kane. Aldo is a former Royal Marines Commando, who now makes his living working as a stunt co-ordinator and TV adventurer!

He has worked on several Hollywood blockbusters (including the “Marvel” films), BBC natural history documentaries and many other TV programmes. Aldo talked about the many lessons that his extraordinary experiences had taught him. Each of his ten “Lessons from the Edge” came from a different experience, including rowing across the Atlantic, collecting samples from inside of an active volcano and being charged by two black rhino in Africa. Aldo delivered a fascinating and thoughtful presentation which encouraged many pupils to ask questions about decision making, determination, goal setting and ambition.  


Bullying, Emotional Wellbeing and Resilience

On 21st and 22nd September, pupils in Year 7 and 8, partook in 'drop-down' sessions relating to bullying, emotional wellbeing and resilience.



Road Safety

On Wednesday 20th September, the Southend Borough Council Road Safety Team delivered an interactive presentation to Year 7 pupils.

Drug Awareness and Healthy Lifestyle Programme

On Thursday 19th July, Callum Foad, a singer/songwriter from Brighton, visited the Academy as part of a Drug Awareness and Healthy Lifesytle Programme. The programme has toured more than 4,100 schools around the UK and Ireland, with a mix of different artists who've had outstanding reviews.The programme has been so successful that it is now being taken over to the USA.

The pupils watched a unique and entertaining performance which included an interactive drug education and healthy lifestyle message.

Parental E-Safety Evening

On Monday 1st October, as part of the Year 7 Parental Information Evening, an external provider, Mr. G. Collard, (formally the Academy’s Police Liaison Officer), delivered an interactive e-safety presentation to parents.



Drug and Alcohol Drop Down Sessions

On Tuesday 20th November, an external provider, Mr. G. Collard, (formally the Academy’s Police Liaison Officer), delivered interactive sessions to pupils in Year 7-9.