Safeguarding

Here at Heathfield we recognise that keeping our students safe and promoting their well being is a paramount importance and it permeates all we do as a school. It is wide and encompassing and includes issues as diverse as anti-bullying, photos of students, first aid, internet safety and healthy eating.

We keep our school site safe and undergo regular maintenance checks and risk assessments for activities both on and off the school site.

Our curriculum includes opportunities for students to become equipped with the skills they need to live healthy lives and to develop realistic attitudes to the responsibilities of adult life.

We recognise that high self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and clear lines of communication with a trusted adult helps all of our students. We therefore aim to maintain an ethos where our students feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to. Students know that there are adults in the school who they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty, and all our staff, both teaching and non-teaching, have up to date safeguarding training. The student planner and posters around school direct students to different avenues of support for different needs. Our school nurse is available to discuss medical issues, Specialist staff can give careers advice and we have access to trained counsellors and other specialists. All of this is underpinned by the form tutor and year head system.

Part of our duty as adults is to protect young people from abuse. We have a designated Child Protection Team who liaise with outside agencies and families in such situations. Further details can be found by reading our Child Protection Policy (Please see policies section).

Secondary School is a place where children start to learn to become adults. At Heathfield they can experience that transition in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.

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