Safeguarding our students

A child should be able to go to school and feel safe and protected from harm or abuse.  Schoolwork will help a child learn about keeping themselves safe.  Lessons in school can cover drug and alcohol awareness, healthy eating, road safety, relationships, sex education and bullying and at Berwick Academy we deliver this through our IAG lessons, assemblies, tutor activities, and PSHE workshop days.

All pupils are made aware of what to do if they are worried or concerned about harm or abuse and there are displays around school signposting them to staff who can provide support.

Every member of staff at Berwick Academy has been vetted (by the Disclosure and Barring Service) and staff and volunteers are trained how to identify abuse including what must be done if they or someone else is worried about a child.  The teacher who has responsibility for dealing with child protection in school is called the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Useful Contacts:

Always talk to the Head Teacher or the Designated Safeguarding Lead in school if you are worried about a safeguarding or child protection concern.

The designated Safeguarding Lead at Berwick Academy is: Mr Steve Gibson

The Deputy Safeguarding Leads are: Ms Paula Clegg, Ms Amy Walton

The Safeguarding Trustee is: Mr John Reed

To contact the Safeguarding Team, please email

The Anti-Bullying Leads are: Miss Jessica Angus, Miss Amy Walton, Mr Jordan Woodcock

The E-Safety Lead is: Mr Eddie Jefferson

The SENCO is: Mrs Dawn Tait

More information on Child Protection can be obtained from the Department of Education’s website.

Berwick Childrens Social Care Locality Team:

  • During office hours – 01289 334000
  • Out of hours – 0845 600 5252

NSPCC 24 hour Child Protection Helpline – 0808 800 5000

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