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As a school, we are committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all children in school.

The school follows Kirklees Safeguarding Children Partnership procedures.

If we have safeguarding concerns regarding a child in school, in most circumstances, we will endeavour to discuss these concerns with parents. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when we will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with Child Protection procedures).

We will always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents whilst ensuring we are protecting the welfare and safety of the children who attend school.

If parents/carers/members of the public have concerns regarding a child who attends school, we would encourage them to contact the school to discuss their concerns, asking to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – Rebecca Martin or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leaders (DDSL) – Ian Tobin and Sharron Goldspink on 01274 651232.


Rebecca Martin (DSL)           Ian Tobin (DDSL)            Sharron Goldspink (DDSL)     

Alternatively you can email the designated safeguarding lead –

It is always in the best interests of the child to discuss your concerns, however small.

If you would like to share a concern anonymously you can phone or email school without leaving your name or contact details.  Alternatively, you can post a letter in our parents’ post box which is situated on the gate by the Reception playground.

If you have concerns about a child's safety or welfare in school, which you feel you cannot address with the DSL (Headteacher), or the DDSLs, you can contact the Chair of Governors at:

If you think a child in Kirklees is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about a child’s well-being or need advice and support about a child with a disability you should call and speak to someone on one of the following numbers:


Kirklees Duty and Advice

                  Between 9am and 5pm

                     01484 456848

                  If you are a child:

                    01484 456848

                   Or Childline 0800 1111


We are an Operation Encompass School and work with external agencies including the Police

PDF icon Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement











Policies linked to Safeguarding

Word iconSafeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2023-2024

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