Student Support & Safeguarding
“Students are rightly proud of their school and their behaviour remains very good. There is a strong community spirit and the school is a warm and welcoming place to be”. (Ofsted, March 2016)
Our Pastoral Care of our students is second to none. When the student joins the school they are placed in one of four Learning Communities. These communities are named;
- The Americas
Each Learning Community has a team of dedicated staff who act as mentors for the students as well as a pastoral co-ordinator and Pastoral Leaders. Each Learning Community is led by a Head of Learning Community. Your Learning Community pastoral contacts are listed below. Please contact the Pastoral Co-ordinators initially.
Mr M Harrison – Head of Learning Community
Miss B Sowerby – Deputy Head of Learning Community
Mrs J Burchell – Pastoral Co-ordinator. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr J Stuart – Head of Learning Community
Miss H Martin – Deputy Head of Learning Community
Mrs J Taylor – Pastoral Co-ordinator. email@example.com
Miss P Taylor – Head of Learning Community
Dr M Wood – Deputy Head of Learning Community
Mrs L Spies – Pastoral Co-ordinator. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr B Cleaveley – Head of Learning Community
Miss R Betteridge – Deputy Head of Learning Community
Mrs D Harlowe – Pastoral Co-ordinator. email@example.com
The students remain in their Learning Community for five years from Years 7 to 11. Each Mentor group consists of students from Years 7 to 11, this is one of the unique strengths of our school.
Our younger students immediately feel confident and secure in the company of older students who look out for their younger fellow mentees. Our vertical pastoral structure enables our younger students to flourish much more quickly due to the considerate, respectful and caring relationship that exists between the older and younger students.
“You, your staff and governors appropriately place a very high emphasis on pupils’ safety and welfare. Leaders have ensured that policies and guidelines on all relevant aspects of safeguarding are in place and clearly steer the good practice in the school. Records are detailed and of a high quality. All adults who work with the pupils are checked appropriately and staff have received relevant and regular training on safeguarding. Regular communication between key staff and other agencies ensures timely and effective support for pupils of concern and reviews the impact of actions already taken”. (Ofsted, 2016)
At Oriel High School the health, safety and well-being of every child are our paramount concern. We listen to our students and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that our students will enjoy their time at this school and therefore make the best progress possible. We work in partnership with you to ensure your child achieves their full potential and makes a positive contribution.
In relation to children and young people, safeguarding and promoting their welfare is defined in ‘Working together to safeguard children’ (2016) as:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
In addition to this schools have a statutory responsibility to protect children from risk of radicalisation as outlined in ‘The Prevent duty’ (2015).
Safeguarding action may be needed to protect children and learners from:
- physical, sexual or emotional abuse
- bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying
- racist, disability, homophobic or transphobic abuse
- gender-based violence, or violence against women and girls
- radicalisation or extremist behaviour
- child sexual exploitation and trafficking
- the impact of new technologies on sexual behaviour, for example ‘sexting’ and accessing pornography
- teenage relationship abuse
- substance misuse
- issues that may be specific to a local area or population, for example gang activity and youth violence
- domestic violence
- female genital mutilation
- forced marriage
- fabricated or induced illness
- poor parenting, particularly in relation to babies and young children
- any other issues that pose a risk to children, young people and vulnerable adults
The procedures that we follow have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children Board of West Sussex and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. A copy of our Child Protection Policy can be found here Child Protection Policy
The Designated Safeguarding Lead and their deputies can be contacted using the following email address: DSL@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk
The nominated governor for Safeguarding is Karen Methven
As a part of our commitment to safeguarding students we may share relevant information with other professionals in accordance with the statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (2016) and ‘the Prevent duty’ (2015)
Details of this guidance can be accessed here:
We are also involved in Operation Encompass in partnership with Sussex Police. Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, when a child or young person has exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.
Operation Encompass ensures that the Designated Safeguarding Lead is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
Reporting Safeguarding Concerns:
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children (those under 18) is everyone’s responsibility. This means that you may have a role to play in identifying concerns, no matter how small including the sharing of relevant information.
You can email in confidence to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a concern about the conduct of Oriel High School staff in relation to safeguarding, please make contact with the Headteacher, Mr Stack via the email DSL@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk
- Report child abuse to your local council: https://www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse-to-local-council
- NSPCC helpline: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/
- NSPCC whistleblowing advice line: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/dedicated-helplines/whistleblowing-advice-line/
Here at Oriel High School we are fortunate to be able to call upon the services from the neighbourhood police team. Police officers have visited the school and talked to students during lessons and assemblies. Topics include
- Different aspects of the law
- Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- Personal online safety
- Good citizenship & Anti-social behaviour
- Crime & consequences
Although the school teaches students e-safety as part of the curriculum, it is vital that parents are aware of the risks too, and what they can do to develop a culture of e-safety in the home.
Oriel High School’s Student Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) can be found here. Acceptable Use for STUDENTS Policy Each student is made aware of our AUP and are required to sign a copy when joining Oriel High School. A copy of the schools most recent ICT & E-Safety policy can be found here as well ICT and E-Safety Policy
Parents and students can look at the following website which has lots of information and tools to help Parents understand their child’s online activity. It also helps young people ensure they are using the internet safely and protecting themselves especially when using social media. The site can be found here www.thinkuknow.co.uk
The ‘Know it all’ website www.childnet.com/resources/know-it-all-for-parents/kiafp-cd also has an interactive guide to e-safety for parents.
Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp and Instagram are also a popular forms of social media for young people. A short guide to the safe use of Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp and Instagram can also be found by clicking the links below.
Microsoft Xbox tip for Family online safety
Microsoft safer online have also produced a very useful video guide that will help parents protect their children when using online gaming.
Google also provides information about using the internet in a responsible manner. As a parent or guardian, you know what feels right for your family and how your kids learn best. To help your family navigate through new technologies, gadgets and services in an ever-changing online world, it helps to get practical advice. That’s why we continuously talk to safety experts, parents, educators and communities around the world – to keep a pulse on what works. Together, we can help nurture a community of responsible digital citizens.
What is Parent Info?
Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience. Schools can host the content on their own website and use it in any other ways (in letters to parents etc) that they want.
This service is free and ranges across a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’
In line with CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme, some of the content covers internet safety, but it all starts from the assumption that young people make little distinction between their online and offline lives and the issues for parents are often the same. The aim is to help parents help their children be discriminating, web-literate and resilient.
To access the parent info website click on the icon below.
PEGI game ratings explained in full
Information taken from The Video Standards Council/Games Rating Authority website. Available here.
My teenager – A guide for parents
On occasion the school is asked by a parent for further support and advice. Many times it is quite a general concern or question. Below is a link to the NHS website relating to ‘teenagers’. It may provide some general information that is helpful for parents.