Every member of staff, volunteer and regular visitor to Headlands works in a way that safeguards and promotes the welfare of all. Staff, volunteers and governors benefit from regular training, including periodic training days dedicated to pastoral and safeguarding issues.
Headlands constantly endeavours to maintain an ethos where pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe. At all times we work in partnership and strive to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and colleagues from other agencies.
We promote an environment where students talk freely to staff if they are worried or concerned about something. We also have an on-site counsellor who offers support to all staff and students who are going through difficulties.
Throughout our curriculum we provide activities and opportunities for students to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe. Our extensive Personal Social Health Education (PSHE – which can be viewed in the Curriculum area) programme fulfils an important function in giving students an understanding of their moral role at Headlands and in the wider world. Headlands strongly tackles discrimination and all forms of bullying.
At Headlands School, we recognise that your child is our responsibility and concern. We want to work in partnership with you, and discuss with you, any concerns we may have or that you may have. It is a priority to inform and involve you at every stage in your child’s time at the school. Since the first priority is your child’s welfare, there may be rare occasions when our concern about your child means that we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you.
The East Riding Safeguarding Children Board has laid down the procedures we follow, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures or the policy, please contact the school.
The school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Fran Westcott.