Safeguarding: It’s EVERYONE’S responsibility!
Safeguarding and e-safety statement
Northgate School Arts College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, volunteers, governors and visitors on site to share this commitment.
We are all fully committed to ensuring that our approach to safeguarding practices are fully effective and in line with local and national guidance. This means that staff are trained annually, and those with greater individual responsibility for leading Safeguarding are trained to the same standard as the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). Our Heads of school and The Bee Hive are very qualified and experienced Senior Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (Senior DDSLs). The rest of the Safeguarding Team are also well-qualified, and are referred to as the academy’s Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs).
Our Safeguarding Team:
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Miss Sheralee Webb (Executive Headteacher). Miss Webb oversees Safeguarding and Child Protection matters across both sites.
Our Senior Deputy DSLs (Senior DDSLs) manage the day-to-day implementation of our Safeguarding Policy; they are also the heads of school in charge of Northgate School Arts College or The Bee Hive:
Mrs Francesca Shears (Head of School at Northgate)
Ms Sarah Hutt (Head of Centre at The Bee Hive)
Designated Safeguarding (DSOs) also support and oversee the day-to-day safeguarding and welfare of pupils; they are:
Mrs S. Nembhard (Deputy Headteacher, Northgate)
Mrs J. Fitzpatrick (Assistant Headteacher, Northgate)
Mr D. Skuce (Head of Key Stage 4 and Online Safety Lead, Northgate)
Miss K. Patel (Head of Key Stage 3, Northgate)
Mrs S Moore (Parent Support Adviser, Northgate)
Mrs T. Whitehead (Head of Key Stage 5, The Bee Hive)
Miss J. Fuoco (Parent Support Adviser, The Bee Hive)
Mrs T. Daurie (Manager, The Sweet Bee & The Place 2 Bee)
All concerns regarding welfare and safeguarding are passed through members of staff to the DSL, Senior DDSLs and/or DSOs, in compliance with the most recent local and national guidance.
Safeguarding Policy & COVID-19 Addendum
Our latest Safeguarding and COVID-19 Policies can be found here:
Safeguarding Advice for Visitors
Please ensure that you sign in via the electronic visitors’ sign-in system.
You will be asked to read our Safeguarding Advice as you wait in reception.
Getting in Touch
If as parents, carers or visitors to the school you have any concerns about your child or any other pupils at the school, Miss Webb or the SDSLs and DSOs can be contacted on:
Please tell the receptionist you have a safeguarding concern.
Policy in practice
Staff are asked to report any cause for concern to the designated safeguarding lead or a member of the Safeguarding Team . Concerns are reported verbally as soon as possible and information is then recorded on our My Concern reporting system.
Designated Teachers for Looked after children
Our designated teachers in charge of the management and coordination of provision for our Looked After pupils are:
Mrs F Shears Head of School, Northgate.
Mrs L Michaelides Deputy Headteacher, The Bee Hive
Protecting children and young people while online is embedded into our computing and Preparation for Adulthood curricula. It is important that pupils are aware of the risks, and that these dangers are identified and discussed with them at appropriate times throughout the school year. We provide pupils with an awareness of how to stay safe online.
Parent support is also available through information sheets, discussion, and awareness raising sessions.
Mr D. Skuce is the named Online Safety Lead. If you need any advice regarding keeping your child safe online, please contact the school.
FREE e-Safety Webinar
If you would like practical and valuable advice on how to protect yourself and your family online, several online courses are available, including those run by Gooseberry Planet, who regularly offer free parent webinars, as well as a range of resources and tips.
The Gooseberry Planet parent page can be found here
Please contact the school, or keep an eye on this page for further information, when we update it.
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