We ensure scholars learn in a safe, caring and enriching environment. Scholars are taught how to keep themselves safe, to develop healthy and positive relationships and to avoid situations where they might be at risk, including how they might be exploited. We have a duty of care to safeguard our scholars. You contact our safeguarding team via email [email protected] or by telephone (0116 214 3150).

The school has a statutory responsibility to share any concerns it might have about a child in need of protection with other agencies and in particular police, health and children’s services. Schools are not able to investigate concerns but have a legal duty to refer them. In most instances, the school will be able to inform the parents/carer of its need to make a referral. However, sometimes the school is advised by Children’s Social Care or police that the parent/carer cannot be informed whilst they investigate the matter. We understand the anxiety parents/carers understandably feel when they are not told about any concerns from the outset. The school follows legislation that aims to act in the interests of the child.

Where can I access help and support at Castle Mead Academy?

Click on the email address below to contact the safeguarding team

Support regarding bullying, visit Helping Children Deal with Bullying & Cyberbullying | NSPCC, speak to your Head of Year or email us at [email protected]

Safeguarding Team

Castle Mead has a team of eleven Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) and they can be contacted at the academy by email or by telephoning 0116 214 3150.

Ms M Rueben – Vice Principal, Behaviour  [email protected] (Lead DSL)
Ms N Murphy – Head of Safeguarding  [email protected]
Miss K James – Deputy Head of Safeguarding  [email protected]
Mr T Hague – Principal  [email protected]
Ms C French – Head of School, Teaching and Learning  [email protected]
Ms A Thorley – Assistant Principal, Achievement  [email protected]
Mr M Rule – Assistant Principal  [email protected]
Ms A Harris – Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning  [email protected]
Mrs A Turner – Assistant Principal, SENDCO  [email protected]
Mrs E Clarke – Head of Year 7  [email protected]
Ms H Parmar – Head of Year 8  [email protected]
Miss N Williams – Head of Year 9 [email protected]
Mr Liam Mayes – Head of Year 10 [email protected]
Miss T Lea – Head of Year 11 [email protected]
Mrs Sara McAdam – Chair of Academy Council

Online Safety

It can be hard for parents to keep up with new technologies, and just thinking about keeping children safe online can seem daunting.

The main dangers children and their parents need to be aware of are: cyber bullying, grooming by sexual predators and the problems of posting personal or embarrassing information online.

It is important to remember that the internet is a fun and valuable place for children to play and learn, and the vast majority of the time using the internet is a fantastic experience for millions of children.

However there can be hidden dangers. On the internet people can be instantly connected and you cannot always be sure you are talking to the person you think you are. It is also worth remembering, once something is posted on the internet it is almost impossible to remove and so personal or embarrassing material can be seen by anyone, anywhere.

We shouldn’t be overwhelmed by the negatives, remember the internet is a great resource for children. It is important that we give them space to explore the internet, so they can learn to keep themselves safe.

Advice for parents of 11-13 year olds

Advice for parents of 14+ year olds

TMET Sextortion letter for parents and carers

10 tips for keeping your children safe online

  • Talk regularly with your child about what they do online and who they talk to online.  You need to make internet safety a comfortable topic to talk about.
  • Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal information online, particularly to friends that they do not know offline.
  • Explain to your children what personal information means: email address, address, mobile or phone number, school name, clubs and societies, where their parents are, making arrangements for meeting up and any pictures or videos of themselves, their family or friends, etc. Small pieces of information can easily be pieced together to give a picture of themselves and their activities.
  • Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it is better to keep online friends online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
  • Make them understand that once information or photos are posted online it’s impossible to take them back, anyone can see them and anyone can share them.
  • Put computers in public parts of your house, and particularly don’t allow computers to be used hidden away in bedrooms. It’s important to give children access to computers, but it’s also important to make sure you can see what they are doing.
  • If your child, or you, receives spam or junk email and texts, make sure they know that their contents should not be believed, that you should never reply or forward them and attached files shouldn’t be opened. It’s impossible to know what they contain, it could be a virus or an inappropriate image or video.
  • Make sure your children choose their screen name, email address & chat handle wisely – don’t use ones that reveal age, gender, etc and it’s important that they know the danger of using suggestive or sexy names. Predators are more likely to pursue a child with the screen name “sexyteen” or “niceboy1” than “jellyfish” or “jkjones”.
  • Make sure your children know that it is never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable, and make sure they know who to go to (and be aware that at first it may not be you).
  • Use technology to help you protect your child. Monitoring software can alert you to let you know your child might be getting into trouble.  Make sure they know you don’t see everything, only snippets of potentially dangerous conversations.  Use these to step in if needed and also to help you talk to your child about the dangers of what they are doing.

Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?

Report it at Child Protection and Online Protection CEOP Safety Centre (this is on the parent page, can it be added to the scholar page with the “click CEOP” button)

Do you need to report concerns about inappropriate images? Report it to the Internet Watch Foundation Report Child Sexual Abuse Images & Videos Online (iwf.org.uk) (this needs to be added to both please)

Can the following be added as a section on the Scholar page

Harmful Sexual Behaviour and Sexual Harassment (when clicked on can the following links be added)


Harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) or peer-on-peer sexual abuse | NSPCC Learning

Finally, remember children learn by exploring and that the world they live in includes the internet.  You can help by making sure they learn in safety, by being there for them when they need you and by pointing them in the right direction if and when they need your guidance.

For more information visit the CEOPS website.

If you have any questions or concerns with regard to e safety please contact the safeguarding team above.

Are you worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Please click on the logo below for more information.