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 or by telephone (0116 214 3150).
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]
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 – Vice Principal, 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]
Ms Y Malek – Family Support Worker [email protected]
Mrs C Yazdani – Head of Scholar Wellbeing [email protected]
Mrs E Clarke – Head of Year 7 [email protected]
Ms H Parmar – Head of Year 8 [email protected]
Miss A Lacey – Head of Year 9 [email protected]
Miss N Williams – Head of Year 9 [email protected]
Miss T Lea – Head of Year 11 [email protected]
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
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.