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Safeguarding & eSafety

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Newcastle Bridges School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all pupils, staff and visitors, and promoting a climate where pupils and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.

Our school is committed to promoting the welfare of all children by working in partnership with parents and carers, the Local Authority (LA), Prosper Learning Trust and multi-agency partners in early help and child protection, in accordance with the agreed Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures and practices.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead in school is Helen McGowan, Deputy Headteacher. Helen is supported by the wider Safeguarding team, consisting of Kevin Stafford (Headteacher), Martin Gray and Andrea Lough (Assistant Headteachers), Katy Laughton (Family Support Officer), Jill Allmond (Pastoral and LSA Lead), Marie Robson (DEC Alnwood/Ferndene), Becky Neillis (DEC GNCH/FRH) and Helen Long (Specialist CNDS Teacher).

Lockdown Policy

As part of our health and safety policies and procedures PLT has a Lockdown Policy. Please note that PLT Lockdown Policy will not be publicly shared.

This plan is made in case of the rare event that it is necessary to seal off one of our academies so that it cannot be entered from the outside. This will ensure that pupils, staff and visitors are safe in situations where there is a hazard in the school grounds or outside in the near vicinity. A lockdown is implemented when there are serious security risks on the premises. This could be due to, for example, a nearby chemical spillage, proximity of dangerous animals, serious weather conditions or attempted access by unauthorised persons intent on causing harm or damage.

In a lockdown situation any incident or development will be communicated to parents and carers as soon as is possible and in line with advice from Emergency Services. We understand that in a lockdown situation parents and carers will be concerned. However, in the unlikely event that this situation arises in one of our academies we ask that:

  •  parents/carers do not contact the school as this could tie up telephone lines that are needed for contacting the emergency services
  • parents/carers do not attempt to come to the school, unless specifically asked to do so, as they could put themselves and others at risk
  • parents/carers should wait until the school has contacted them about when it is safe to come and collect their child(ren), and where this will be from