The welfare and safety of young people is paramount and the academy takes all instances of unpleasant behaviour between students extremely seriously.
Absolutely all members of the St Leonards Academy community have the right to feel and be safe at all times in school and on their journey to and from school.
Each student has an allocated Student Support Manager who can provide support and guidance to any student who feels vulnerable and anxious following the actions of another student.
Where intimidation and unpleasant behaviour to another person is systematic and repetitive this is bullying and will not be tolerated towards any member of our academy community.
Where bullying has taken place we act swiftly to take action against the perpetrator(s) but also immediately act to ensure the victim is supported and cared for so that they once again feel safe within the academy.
If you have need to report an incident to a member of our ‘Safe at School’ team please call the student’s Student Support Manager who will collect information and act to resolve the situation with the student’s Head of School as soon as possible.
It is also possible to submit your concerns via the form below which will be directed to the appropriate member of the team.
We are committed to ensuring all students are ‘safe at school’ and are very grateful for your help in supporting us.
If your concern is regarding a suspected physical or sexual assault please report this immediately to the police.
All schools have safeguarding duties under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 in respect of their pupils, and as part of this should investigate any unexplained absences and gives due regard to this responsibility and the attendance policy is written in accordance with “Children missing education: Statutory guidance for local authorities” (January 2015)
The academy collaborates closely with the education welfare service(ESBAS), other schools and local social services to ensure that children do not go missing from education: no child of compulsory school age is removed from the school roll at the Academy without the authorisation of the designated safeguarding lead and without confirmation from the school the pupil is joining or without the academy notifying the local authority/ESBAS.
Nationally, pupils with school attendance average of 90% or less are considered persistently absent and therefore at risk of becoming NEET or being the victim of abuse or exploitation. As such, the Academy refers all pupils with an average attendance of less than 90% to ESBAS and works with families who have children who are at risk of becoming persistently absent in order to improve the attendance of their children.
CEOP Safety Centre
The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.
The School Health Service provides support to pupils, families and schools around school health needs that may affect a pupil’s access to education. School Health Service provide a range of intervention including, confidential drop in within secondary schools, health promotions and packages of care for specific health needs. Contact them on 01424 728368.
Drop in available to all students on Friday lunch times in room E3
All adults at the academy play a vital role in protecting young people from extremist groups or individuals who deliberately try to radicalise or recruit them using the internet and social media. Furthermore, the academy is dedicated to serving the local and national community by promoting the fundamental rights and values that characterise British society.
The Academy provides a safe environment in which pupils can discuss issues such as extremism and terrorism in an age-appropriate and balanced way. Examples include lessons on extremism and radicalisation in ‘Lifelong Learning’, discussions of extremist views expressed in ‘Animal Farm’ during English literature lessons and learning about terrorism and democracy during History lessons. Opportunities to debate stereotyping, propaganda, online safety and freedom of speech can be found across the curriculum.
All students at the academy are taught to participate in and value democracy. There is an active, elected school parliament who run, amongst other things, weekly tutor groups discussions on issues that affect the whole academy. We hold regular ‘mock’ elections to coincide with national elections and have recently had fantastic turn outs for a mock ‘Brexit’ referendum and a mock general election.
The academy’s internet filtering system effectively prevents students from accessing dangerous websites and students receive regular lessons and assemblies on e-safety. All teaching staff have completed the Metropolitan Police’s online ‘Channel’ training to help them spot students in danger of radicalisation and new staff receive training in their safeguarding duties. The academy works closely with the local police and Childrens Services to offer support to any students identified as being at risk . The most recent Ofsted inspection (Jan 2017) concluded that safeguarding at the Academy is ‘effective.’