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We believe safeguarding our children is everyone’s responsibility and at Blackthorns, we recognise that all adults, including our staff team, temporary staff, volunteers and governors, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm, and that the child’s welfare is our paramount concern.

In that respect, we take a whole academy approach to safeguarding, ensuring that it is at the forefront of all our work, that it underpins all of our policies and processes and that everything we do is always with the best interests of the children at heart.

At Blackthorns, all staff members contribute to the creation of a caring, positive safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of each individual child.

Safeguarding Team

We are happy to discuss any concerns or queries you have, and our dedicated team of safeguarding professionals are available to offer advice, help and support. 

Mr Chris Jowett

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Anna Montiel

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Marcus Still 

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Emma Cheeseman

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Matt King

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Siobhan Denning

Safeguarding Link Trustee

Contact a member of our safeguarding team

Our Academy is part of Operation Encompass. 

Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting to schools and colleges of any domestic abuse incidents that occur in which a child was present, ordinarily resides at the incident location or with an involved party. We know that children can be significantly affected through witnessing or being exposed to domestic abuse and this operation will allow us to better support our pupils and their families. 

Operation Encompass Letter to Parents