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Update from Jon Whitcombe, Trust Principal -

Secondary Statement

As you will be aware, the DfE has stated that Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive some “face to face” contact with their teachers during Term 6. Currently, we are awaiting guidance from the DfE as to what this means in practice. 

Once the guidance is published we will develop our plans and make the necessary arrangements. On June 1st we will write to you explaining what “face to face” means in practice and we will be in a position to confirm when this will commence. 

Please note that the current arrangements for online teaching for Years 10 and 12 will continue until further notice.

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Safeguarding at TWS

The needs and safety of young people always comes first.  The Whitstable School is committed to safeguarding our pupils, staff and visitors.  We expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.

The Safeguarding Agenda incorporates child protection and concentrates on the well-being of the young person.

We aim to ensure that we detect any sign that could indicate a young person is not thriving or is failing to meet his/her potential.  Any concern will be acted upon.

At TWS we conduct regular risk assessments to ensure the school site is safe and secure.  Any concerns should be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs L Murphy.

We see safeguarding as keeping our community safe from harm, abuse or injury.  We take our duty of care very seriously and will consistently follow up any concern.

Pupil Welfare Structure

All Staff:  At TWS all staff are concerned with pupil well-being.  To ensure that the school deals effectively with welfare, guidance and discipline, a formal pastoral structure is in place.

Mentors:  The mentor is responsible for the day to day welfare, guidance and discipline of pupils.  The mentor should be the first person a pupil will turn to for help or advice.  Mentors will monitor and support pupil welfare by promoting and celebrating positive behaviour, achievement and attendance.  Where appropriate, mentors refer concerns to the Pastoral Support Team.

Pastoral Team:  The role of the mentor is supported, in the first instance, by the appropriate Pastoral Support Manager (PSM).


Policies and Guidance

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy Addendum (in response to COVID-19 and school closure)

Safety and Safeguarding Guidelines for Visitors

Online Safety Policy (awaiting ratification)

Peer on Peer Abuse Protocol

Whistleblowing Policy