Staying safe and E-Safety

Safeguarding

The safety of our students is our number one priority.  As we all know, the risks in modern society are varied and constantly changing and we cannot remove these, so we all need to help educate children in ways to keep themselves safe.

If you have any Child Protection concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school. Our Designated Member of Staff for Safeguarding is Paula Thomas (Assistant Headteacher) and our Deputy Designated Members of Staff are Richard Pemberton and Jimmy Brownell.

Anti-Bullying

All members of the school community have a right to feel safe and secure at school, but it is a sad fact that bullying does occur amongst children and young people. Bullying is defined by the Wandsworth Anti-bullying Strategy Group as “behaviour which is deliberately intended to hurt, intimidate, frighten, harm or exclude.” It may be repeated or have the potential to be repeated, and it usually involves a power imbalance. This is not the same as having an argument or just not getting along with somebody. We work hard to improve our students’ understanding of each other’s feelings and emotions so that they develop better social skills, however, all of our boys have some difficulties with building relationships with other people, and this can sometimes result in students not getting along.

If we feel that a student is acting in a way which can be defined as bullying, then they will be put onto the school’s anti-bullying contract. This sets out clearly the school’s expectations and the step-by-step sanctions which will be put in place if they continue to bully others.

The Anti-Bullying Policy is available via the Policies page or from the school office. Please do speak to your son’s Tutor or Class Teacher if you have any concerns.

You can also download this useful factsheet by clicking on the link below:

Stop Text Bullying

E-safety

Our E-Safety Policy can be found on the Policies page of this website. Alternatively, copies are available from the school office.

There is lots of information available for parents about how to keep your children safe on the internet. Explore the links below for hints, tips and discussion around e-safety issues.

UK Safer Internet Centre

Thinkuknow – online safety website maintained by CEOP

Get Safe Online

Childline: www.childline.org.uk  Free phone number: 0800 1111 National organisation offering online support and telephone support to young people in distress. Top Tip: If you do not get along with the person you speak to over the phone, hang up and re-dial- they don’t mind.

Samaritans: www.samaritans.org.uk call free any time, from any phone on 116 123. National organisation which offers 24 hour telephone and face to face emotional support to people in distress. Website offers useful information pages about different mental health difficulties.

Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk Young Minds promotes mental health issues within young people. A wealth of information about different mental health issues which affect young people. A range of information and leaflets can be downloaded.