Safeguarding at Orchard Mead Academy

Our safeguarding policy is currently being updated in line with KCSIE September 2021.  All staff have read part 1 of KCSIE September 2021.  All DSLs are familiar with the full KCSIE September 2021 statutory guidance and the changes outlined in annex g.

At Orchard Mead Academy we are absolutely committed to creating a happy and safe environment for all members of our academy community. We work closely with students, their parents and carers in order to ensure that our young people are safe both inside and outside of school.

Students are taught how to keep themselves safe through PSHE lessons, tutorials and other wider experiences such as taking part in workshops and watching performances. At Orchard Mead Academy we aim to ensure that all students learn how to keep themselves safe both on and off-line, how to have safe and healthy relationships and how to avoid exploitation.

The academy has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular with the police, Children’s Services and Health. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer any concerns that they do have on to the most relevant agent. In most instances, the academy will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral and will ensure that the parent/carer is fully informed of the action that the school has taken. However, on occasion the academy may be advised by Children’s Social Care or by the police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the best interests of the child.

To ensure that all members of our academy are safe and well we liaise closely with the following agencies:

• Local Safeguarding and Children Board
• Children and Young People’s Services
• Child Protection Unit
• School Health
• Educational Psychology
• Open Door Leicester
• Looked After Children Service

We know that, for some parents, the current national lockdown will be putting additional pressures on them.  We have put together this short video to help parents, carers and others to support their children’s wellbeing at this time.  Please do not forget that staff at the school are still here to support you and can be accessed via our email [email protected] or by telephone on 01162413371

Safeguarding Team

If you have a concern about a student at Orchard Mead Academy please contact a DSL by using the contact form below or by contacting the Academy Office. All emails sent using the contact form below are received by all DSL’s at the Academy (Designated Safeguarding Lead) who will be able to support you.

    Ms Katie Lowe
    Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead

    Ms Charlie Rose
    Assistant Head of Year 7/Deputy Safeguarding Lead

    Ms Patricia Loveday
    Assistant Head of Year 8/Deputy Safeguarding Lead

    Ms Molly Lowe-Spicer
    Assistant Head of Year 9/Deputy Safeguarding Lead

    Mr Billy Blythin
    Assistant Head of Year 10/Deputy Safeguarding Lead

    Ms Vicki Hill
    Assistant Head of Year 11/Deputy Safeguarding Lead

    Should you need to report a safeguarding concern of an urgent nature outside of our reception opening hours (8am to 5pm Mon – Fri), please contact the police on 999 or Duty and Assessment on 0116 4541004.

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