Birches Head Academy


The safeguarding team at Birches Head Academy

Please click on members of staff below if you wish to contact them.

Sarah Williams
Safeguarding Officer
Debra Chawner
Deputy Safeguarding Officer
Jane Procter
Deputy Safeguarding Officer

Safeguarding Advice for Visitors and Volunteers

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, parents and volunteers to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. It is our willingness to work in a safe manner and challenge inappropriate behaviour that underpins this commitment.

By signing in and out of the visitors’ book you are agreeing to follow the advice within this poster. All visitors must wear the visitor’s badge provided by reception. An adult without a badge will be accompanied to the school’s reception to confirm they have signed in.


Child Protection ConcernsIf you have any concerns that a student is in need because they are suffering or are likely to suffer significant harm, please act immediately by asking to speak to one of the following Designated Safeguarding Leads:

Data ProtectionWe are responsible for protecting the data of staff and students. Visitors must not take photographs around site and must not gain access to personal and/or sensitive information without permission.

Toilet FacilitiesPlease ask the member of staff accompanying you to direct you to the nearest visitor toilet.

Health and SafetyPlease follow any Health and Safety guidance given by a member of staff to ensure the safety of both yourself and others.


Internet technology helps students learn creatively and effectively. It encourages collaborative learning and the sharing of good practice amongst academy staff and students. The e-safety policy is there to encourage appropriate behaviour and safe conduct. E-safety is conveyed in the school by:

  • E-safety events, e.g. Safer Internet Day and Anti-Bullying Week.
  • E-safety as part of pastoral care including: form time activities; assemblies; year group presentations; tutorial opportunities.
  • E-safety as a PSHE teaching unit including (but not limited to): how to deal with cyber-bullying; how to report cyber-bullying; the social effects of spending too much time online.

Students, staff and all other users of school-related technologies will work together to agree standards and expectations relating to usage in order to promote and ensure good behaviour.

Report a Concern

Press this if you are worried and feel unsafe, or if you are being or feel you are being bullied, in or out of school or online.. Press this if you want to talk to a child safety officer.

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