At Great Sankey High School, the safeguarding of all our students is the highest priority. We are committed to providing a secure environment for pupils where children feel safe and are kept safe. As a school we recognise that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility irrespective of the role they undertake and expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support children, families and staff at school.
Our safeguarding policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school.
All adults who regularly work on our site are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to prevent unsuitable people from working with students. All visitors are closely supervised when on site.
We ensure staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to keep children safe through provision of regular training on child protection issues. A qualified Designated Safeguarding Lead (Child Protection Officer) within the school provides support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and liaises closely with other services such as children’s social care. We also have a designated lead Governor for safeguarding/child protection on the Governing Body.
Our staff are trained to be vigilant for all kinds of safeguarding concerns, including bullying, online safety, emotional or other abuse or extremist behaviour. We have clear procedures in place where any potential safeguarding concerns are identified. We share information with other public bodies – within agreed protocols.
As part of the school’s safeguarding measures, we also ensure our students are not exposed to inappropriate political or controversial messages. Through our pursuit to develop exemplary citizens, we promote fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. In line with this, we ensure all expressed views and actions contrary to these values are challenged.
The members of The Safeguarding Team at Great Sankey High School are:
Designated Safeguarding Lead - Mrs R Wardle
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads - Mr I McNulty, Mrs S Kent and Mrs J Edwards
Great Sankey High School continually seeks to strengthen communications with parents, careers and pupils so concerns relating to any part of school life can be raised at any time with a child’s head of House or Form Tutor.
A copy of the Safeguarding Policy, and all other policies, is available on our Policies and Reports page.
Role of the governing body
Safeguarding at Great Sankey High School is a collective responsibility for the governing body.
Michael Platt is the Designated Safeguarding Governor.
If you are worried about a child’s safety and welfare, please do not hesitate to contact one of the named DSL’s or contact Warrington Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH ) on 01925 443322.
Our Safeguarding policy can be found on our Policies and Reports page.