Safeguarding Spotlight

2nd February 2018

On Monday 5th February, Years 8 and 9 will be participating in work around Online Safety. We have secured the opportunity to have a performance and a workshop from a Theatre in Education Company called Saltmine Theatre Company. This is a touring production and we are very lucky to have them. This will also feed into work that students have been doing in PSHE around Online Safety; Tuesday 6th February is ‘Safer Internet Day’.


Students will also be doing work in form time around the impact of Social Media on Mental Health in order to mark Children’s Mental Health Week, which is 5th-11th February.


Many thanks for your support.


Laura Smith, Designated Safeguarding Lead


26th January - Thank you for the responses I have had so far expressing an interest in running an Online Safety Workshop for parents; please do email me still if this is something you would like to attend. There is no commitment; it is just to help us get an idea of numbers.


On Monday 5th February, we have arranged for a Theatre in Education Company to deliver a performance and a workshop about Online Safety to all pupils in Years 8 and 9. This will take place during the school day, and I believe it will be a fantastic and worthwhile experience.


Many thanks for your support.

19th January - As part of our continuous drive to improve and support the emotional and mental wellbeing of our students, we are trying to get all students signed onto the website Zumos.  We have given time during Registration sessions and KS3 IT to do this, but there were some technical issues before Christmas.  Could you please ask your child if they have signed up and started using the Zumos website, and if they have not, encourage them to let their Tutor know, so that we can give every child the opportunity to access this fantastic service.


I am also enquiring into the possibility of sourcing an expert in Online Safety to come and deliver a workshop for parents to help support you in understanding the current issues and trends in social media.  I have had a taster session on this, and found it incredibly useful myself.  I would like to gauge parent interest in this before booking the workshop in so we have an idea on numbers.  If this is something, you might be interested in attending (no commitment!) could you please email me on


Many thanks for your support.

5th January - We would like to remind students about road safety, particularly when leaving the school site at the end of the day.  The small car park next to the Academy is very busy at this time with cars going in and out to pick people up; it is important that students do not just walk across the exit, but look as they would going across a typical road.  Thanks for your support in this.


Many thanks for your support.

15th December - We would like to strongly reinforce the message of the previous Newsletter regarding the sharing of inappropriate online content.


t is so important to us that our students understand the serious nature of liking, commenting, sharing or posting an indecent image of another person, especially those under the age of 18. We want to ensure that our students do not make an error of judgement now that could have a seriously negative impact on their future and therefore ask for your support in discussing this matter with your child.


Many thanks for your support.

8th December


CE – on Thursday, the whole of Year 10 took part in a Workshop run by the Multi Agency Team Derby (MAT) on Child Sexual Exploitation.  This is a really important topic and one, which we want to make sure all students are aware of in order to protect them as best we can.  Thank you to the students who took part so maturely and enthusiastically.


Multi Agency Team Drop Ins – the Multi Agency Team are also providing us with weekly drop in sessions at lunchtime to help support students with any worries or general advice they might want.  It could be emotional regulation, friendships, coping mechanisms or life advice.  This service runs every Monday and next week this session will take place in the Study Centre.


Online Images – we have sent out a reminder to students this week regarding the sharing of inappropriate and illegal images, ie, nude images of children.  We cannot stress enough to our students that anyone who sends on an image or video of this nature could face action from the Police.  We would really appreciate your support in reinforcing this with your child and ensuring they know how to stay safe online.


Many thanks for your support.

24th November - From next week, students will be gaining access to a fantastic site called 'Zumos'.


Zumos has been developed as a tool to help students find advice on a range of issues. It is an anonymous site that allows young people to search around a topic that is worrying them; it will direct them to a video and voice recording with useful advice, and links to other websites and books which they may find useful.


The aim is to help students help themselves, to build their resilience and become positive and happier people. Features also include a 'How to be Happy' daily recording, which will be played by tutors, to help them reflect and set up for a positive day.


We are really excited about this new resource, and hope that students find it a useful tool in supporting their wellbeing.


The police have asked us to make you aware of a report that a man in a car has followed one of our students on the way to school. The description is a bearded male, wearing a bobble hat, in an old silver car. There is no need for alarm, but if you do see or experience anything suspicious, please let us know so that we can provide the police with any additional information.


Many thanks for your support.


17th November - This week, students have been taking part in Anti-Bullying Week during their PSHE and tutor times. The theme this year is ‘All Different, All Equal’ – please do ask your child what this means to them, to follow up on the discussion they have had in school.


To support this work, we are reminding students of ‘Tootoot’ – the anonymous site that allows them to report concerns; they all have their login details for this now.


Many thanks for your support.

10th November - Next Week is the National Anti-Bullying Week. The theme this year is 'All Different, All Equal' and we are celebrating this with students during PSHE and form time discussions and activities. We look forward to exploring what makes us all different, and the reasons that we should take pride in our individuality. The Anti-bullying Alliance are proposing that schools across the country take part in 'Odd Socks' - wearing odd socks to school as part of their non-uniform on Friday for Children in Need will help show solidarity for those children who are affected by bullying, and to remind us all that we are 'All Different, All Equal'.


Please see this link for more information on how to deal with bullying.


Many thanks for your support.

2rd November - I would like to bring your attention to an app called  It is an social networking app that allows users to create and view online videos.  There are a few safeguarding concerns over using the app however.


More details are available here.


Also, we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with tootoot!


Tootoot is a safe, secure and diverse web-based safeguarding tool, which allows pupils to report incidents or any issues that may be concerning them in an anonymous, confidential and discrete manner. These individual cases are monitored, managed and resolved by staff/mentors within the school.


Each pupil will be sent a username and password by this weekend, which allows them to log in. They are then able to quickly report incidents and concerns directly to their school.  All pupils are anonymous at the point of reporting but identities can be uncovered by the school’s designated tootoot administrator ONLY if it appears the pupil’s emotional or physical well-being is at serious risk.


Pupils can access tootoot on any web-enable device (computers; laptops; tablets or mobiles) by following these 4 simple steps:


Step 1: Type into their web browser.

Step 2: Click ‘Login to tootoot’

Step 3: Start typing the school name and select it from the box

Step 4: Enter their username and password, and log their concern with the school


For more information visit, or take a look at this informative video:


Many thanks for your support.

20th October - Online spaces, games and media form a large part of life for young people today. However, we all know the potential risks associated with being online.


We have received some information from the UK Safer Internet Centre to help support parents in protecting their children online.


Advice can be found at and


Many thanks for your support.

13th October - We would like to make you aware of a potentially dangerous app that is becoming popular with young people, called 'Sarahah'.  The app is linked to Snapchat, and allows people to post anonymous comments on the photos of other users, which stay visible for 24 hours. There have been many articles written about the dangers of sites such a these and the potential they have for allowing cyber-bullying to take place.


You may find this link to an article in 'The Guardian' a useful read.


We also make you aware of reports that somebody posing as a Police Officer has been approaching children to talk to them.  This originated in Barrow-on-Trent.  The police are fully aware and our feeder schools have notified parents accordingly.  Please talk to your sons/daughters about the need for care and vigilance over who they speak to.


Many thanks for your support.

29th September - This week we have really focused on safe student conduct around the school site at breaks and lunches.  All students have had a message from a member of SLT to remind them of our expectations to respect and look out for one another during free time around our site.


Many thanks for your support.

22nd September - It is very important that we have the most up-to-date contact details for all parents and carers of students at the Academy.  If you know that any of your details have changed over the summer, eg, addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses please give the new details to your child to pass on to their form tutor.  We will update our systems accordingly.


It is always helpful to have more than one contact in the case of an emergency – at least three preferably.  Again, please let us have this information so we can best safeguard your child.


Many thanks for your support.