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Edgbarrow School


Our school recognises our moral and statutory responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of our students. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming culture environment where all young people and staff are respected and valued. We will be alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and will follow our procedures to ensure that young people receive effective support protection and justice.

We believe that all those who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work, including practitioners who do not have a specific role in relation to child protection, have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

  • Prior to employment, all staff (paid or voluntary) are DBS checked for their suitability to work with children and young people.
  • Once the member of staff joins our school, they are given school Safeguarding Training by one of our Child Protection Team. This training includes an overview of our responsibilities, signs and symptoms as well as advice and guidance about what to do in the event of a concern.
  • Annually, staff are also required to complete an online-targeted safeguarding course.
  • Other visitors to the school are expected to sign in at reception and to read our Safeguarding Leaflet (see below) which is given to them on arrival. They are then supervised whilst on site.

The Safeguarding Team

Safeguarding poster

Designated Safeguarding Lead 

  • Mrs Louise Rea-Palmer, Assistant Headteacher

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads:-

  • Mrs Elizabeth McClatchie, Senior Pastoral Leader
  • Mr Matt Whiddett, Pupil Premium Co-ordinator
  • Mrs Alyson Martin, Student Support Manager
  • Mrs Louise Butler - Safeguarding Officer

Member of the Governing Body responsible for Safeguarding

  • Mrs Sarah Pemberton

 Also supporting the Safeguarding Team are:

  • Anne Purbrick – Administrator

  • Natasha Linder - Attendance Officer

  • Michelle Hutchinson – Inclusion Manager

If you have a concern about a Safeguarding issue please contact Mrs Rea-Palmer in the first instance on 01344 772658.

Out-of-School Hours and School Holidays:
All urgent concerns relating to children should be reported to the Local Authority:

- Bracknell Forest Council  01344 352005
- Wokingham Borough Council  0118 908 8002


We want to ensure that our value of SAFE is shown through all areas of our school life. Safeguarding is not just about protecting young people from deliberate harm but includes educating them with a curriculum to allow them to understand, discuss and reflect in a safe environment about many issues that could affect them including: 

  • Pupil health and safety
  • Bullying and racist abuse
  • Cyber safety / internet safety
  • Harassment and discrimination
  • Children’s criminal and sexual exploitation
  • Forced marriage and FGM
  • Mental health, wellbeing and self-harm
  • Meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
  •  Drug and substance misuse
  • Vaping
  • School security
  • Promoting attendance
  • Minimising exclusions
  • Issues specific to the local area
  • Hearing the child’s voice – school council, mentoring, peer counselling, student surveys.
  • Prevent and extremism

Child Protection refers to measures that are undertaken to protect specific children who are at risk of suffering significant harm, which could be physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect. Knowing the signs of abuse and how to report them is a vital part.

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss anything further regarding safeguarding and child protection at Edgbarrow, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have lots of people who are here to listen and for you to report to:

We also have non-contact ways to report:

  • Reporting tool on the Intranet
  • IMABI App (click on the IMABI video opposite to learn more)


Information for Parents/Carers 

Information for Students 

CLT P1 - Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Safeguarding in School

Guide to PREVENT

Educate Against Hate

Fundamental British Values

OK Rehab

Safe4me - Anti-social behaviourPrivate Fostering - BFCRehab4addiction

Safeguarding Policy

Anti-bullying Policy

iMabi Inspire App

Online Safety

Staying Safe