Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. We pride ourselves on ensuring that all students are able to learn in an environment which is both safe and supportive, whilst recognising the individual needs of all our students.

Please visit our Supporting Your Child’s Wellbeing page to access a range of resources and contacts that you and your family may find useful

In order to support the safeguarding work undertaken here at the academy, we have a dedicated safeguarding team who are available should you or your child have concerns about any safeguarding issues.

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Miss Z Porschke
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Ms M Sothern and Mrs P Stitch

You can contact the safeguarding team using our dedicated email address: [email protected].

The SHARP System

If you have a concern that you would prefer to report to the academy’s safeguarding team anonymously, please click here to access the SHARP System anonymous reporting tool.

There are many reasons why young people decide not to talk about incidents, whether that is due to not wanting to talk face to face, lack of confidence, peer pressure or being scared in case someone sees them talking to someone in school, to name just a few.

As a result, we have adopted the SHARP system (Student Help Advice Reporting Page System) which allows young people to report any incidents which occur within the school and local community anonymously and without fear. Aside from the reporting tool SHARP delivers educational content to raise awareness on a wide range of subjects including bullying, health, community issues, weapons and hate crime. 

The SHARP system promotes inclusion, safeguarding, e-safety and provides additional opportunities for students to report their concerns. 

Please click here to access our academy’s SHARP System page.

Safeguarding poster

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Halton local safeguarding procedures and support

Halton Children and Young People Safeguarding Partnership is a partnership of all the different organisations working to protect children and young people across the county. Their website brings together information for children, young people and their families, and the professionals who work with them. Safeguarding children and young people is everyone’s responsibility. On their website you will find information regarding Halton’s safeguarding procedures and what to do if you are concerned about a child.

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass directly connects the police with schools to secure better outcomes for children who are subject, or witness, to police-attended incidents of domestic abuse. Rapid provision of support within the school environment means children are better safeguarded against the short, medium and long-term effects of domestic abuse.

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

If you have concerns regarding someone who works with a child, including foster carers and volunteers, these should be reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) (Tel: 0151 511 7925). This applies to all paid, unpaid, volunteers, casual, agency employees or anyone working in a self-employed capacity.

Local support

Further support

The following links, in particular, will support parents in understanding safeguarding in various environments:

Safeguarding policies

Please click here to access the academy’s policy page.

“Weaknesses in safeguarding have been tackled well. Safeguarding is effective. You and other leaders have established an effective culture of safeguarding. Staff, pupils and students say that safeguarding is at the forefront of everybody’s minds. You ensure that the systems for checking that all adults are safe to work with pupils and students are firmly in place.”