As a school, we are totally committed to ensuring our school community is a safe place to learn and work in. We consider the health, safety and wellbeing of students at Cheney School of the utmost importance. The governing body of the school complies with section 175 of the Education Act 2002, 'to safeguard and promote the welfare of children'. In order to ensure this, we have developed thorough services, policies and procedures within the school and maintain all staff are regularly trained on current practices.
Our school aims to provide a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child, free from discrimination or bullying.
We recognise that all staff and governors have a full and active part to play in protecting our students from harm, and that the child's welfare is our chief concern.
We have a dedicated Safeguarding team at Cheney, who field, record and act promptly in response to all safeguarding issues or queries and who are available for parents to contact should they have any concerns.
The Safeguarding Leads are:
- Mrs S Hawken, Deputy Head
- Mrs T Conway, Behaviour Manager and Deputy Safeguarding Lead
The Safeguarding Officers are all Heads of Year including:
- Mr J Jerrome
- Ms S O'Keefe
- Mr A Harley
- Ms N Hunt
- Mr T Stacey
- Mr S McEvoy
- Mrs J Bradley
- Ms H Doherty
Ms R Dix
Mr J Etheridge
Where appropriate, we liaise with other schools and outside agencies to ensure that all students are supported as comprehensively as possible, and that student's wellbeing is taken into full account.
Our safeguarding policy is available to download at the bottom of this page.
At Cheney School we aim to maintain an atmosphere where all students are considerate of the person and property of others, and to ensure that, should bullying occur in any form, firm and immediate action will be taken.
We work to ensure that:
- A high profile is given at all times to safeguarding students from all forms of intimidation or infringement of personal development.
- Staff, students and parents are encouraged to be vigilant and are advised how to identify and deal with bullying. Instances will be reported promptly and accurately.
- Students who feel that they are being intimidated are encouraged to seek early assistance from appropriate members of the school community.
- Sanctions, from the full range of the school's disciplinary procedures, are used to deal with bullying.
- Parents of both victim and bully are informed of incidents when appropriate.
Cheney School offers a free and confidential counselling service for students. Our team of three counsellors is here to support when things are getting in the way and life gets difficult. For more information click here.
The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers students should be aware of and which we should all act to protect them from. As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our students’ development but always want them to spend their time online safely. We are working hard at Cheney to minimise these risks and to educate our students, staff and parents on how best to protect themselves. Visit our E-safety page or click here to find out more.