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 Academy.
Senior Teacher, Mrs. N. Lillywhite, is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
Mrs. M. Chance and Mrs. S. Smith 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
Click here for the DfE's Keeping Children Safe in Education - September 2016
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 the Academy's Whistleblowing Policy
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 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
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'.
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.
On Wednesday 21st October, the Southend Borough Council Road Safety Team delivered an interactive presentation to Year 7 pupils.
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
Week commencing 14th November, Year 7 and 8 pupils took part in 'drop down' interactive sessions covering the key aspects of bullying.
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.
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.