Safeguarding at WOA

Safeguarding is at the forefront of our work at Wodensborough. To ensure our students and staff are kept safe we have a number of policies and procedures in place, which are understood and followed by all staff, governors and volunteers. All of our safeguarding-related policies are available by using the left-hand side menu (or the above menu if you’re viewing this page on a mobile device) to navigate to the academy’s policies page. We also publish a monthly safeguarding newsletter that can also be found in the menu.

All visitors are expected to pre-arrange their visit with the required member of staff at least 24 hours in advance. Unannounced visitors to the academy will not be seen by any member of staff unless there are exceptional circumstances. Under no circumstances should visitors access the academy using the Harrison entrance.

If you are attending a meeting at the academy you will be required to arrive at the main reception where you will sign in and be required to wear a visitors badge. You will be escorted around the academy at all times by a member of staff.

Designated Safeguarding Personnel

  • Mr M Roadknight — Designated Safeguarding Lead, Assistant Principal
  • Miss L Moore — Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Principal
  • Mr C Smith — Designated Safeguarding Person, Assistant Principal
  • Ms P Mills — Designated Safeguarding Person, Assistant Principal
  • Mr P Bates — Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor

Their key responsibilities include providing information, guidance and support for any staff member, volunteer or student with a safeguarding or child protection concern. All staff at receive annual comprehensive child protection and safeguarding training in addition to regular updates throughout the academic year.

Safeguarding Is Everyone’s Responsibility

“Don’t wait until you’re certain if you are worried about a child. If you have any concerns or suspicions, contact our free helpline service to speak to an NSPCC counsellor 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”NSPCC

Concerned about the safety of a child? If it relates to a Wodensborough student you may wish to contact Mr M Roadknight, Assistant Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead via 01215064300. However, if a child is in immediate danger, please contact:

  • Police — 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency)
  • NSPCC — 08088005000
  • Sandwell Children’s Services — 01215693100

Support, Guidance & Information