The Joseph Whitaker School is committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. We believe that an environment conducive to learning can only happen when children are feeling safe and secure and they are able to then thrive and succeed.
The school is comprised of Houses; Clumber, Newstead, Rufford and Sherwood as well as the Sixth Form. Each House is led by the Head of House and each tutor group is led by their tutor who will be the students first point of contact each day. This offers our students an opportunity to discuss any matters that they need to. All staff have annual safeguarding training in accordance with the ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022’. We have very experienced members of staff who will be able to offer students support.
The Designated Safeguarding Team is illustrated below. Should you need to make urgent contact please phone the school: 01623 792327 and ask to speak to one of the team otherwise please use their email:
DSL Team Role Contact details:
Mrs J Roberts Designated Safeguarding Lead email@example.com
Mrs L Stead Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs C Ayres The Headteacher email@example.com
Mr A Jacques Head of the Sixth Form & DSL firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs L Holt SENCO & DSL email@example.com
Miss A Balchin Head of Clumber House & DSL firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss E Godwin Head of Newstead House & DSL email@example.com
Mrs N Riding Head of Newstead House & DSL firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr N Moore Head of Rufford House & DSL email@example.com
Mr S Denby Head of Sherwood House & DSL firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs M Baggaley Attendance and student welfare & DSL email@example.com
The Joseph Whitaker School is fortunate to have the support from a Schools Liaison Police Officer.
Contact details are: PC 833 Sally Cartwright
Schools and Early Intervention Officer – Newark and Sherwood
Out of hours safeguarding concern
If you have concerns for the safety of a child out of school hours, please contact:
Absence and lateness are closely monitored by Student Services, the Pastoral Team and the Attendance and Welfare Manager. Reasons are sought for all absences. Concerns around attendance may be referred to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Parents/carers will be notified of attendance concerns at the earliest convenience. Guidance can be found here.
The Joseph Whitaker School works closely with a range of external agencies, these can include health, social services and the Police but most safeguarding cases do not require this level of input. However, we will not hesitate to work closely with our families and these agencies in order to safeguard children.
There are a range of organisations that you may wish to contact that offer specific help and support for families.
The ever present access to social media and the internet, we all have a part to play in keeping children safe. You can find help and support at the following:
UK Safer Internet Centre https://saferinternet.org.uk/guide-and-resource/parents-and-carers
Please refer to the guides below for support on online safety.