At Sir John Thursby we have adopted the Ethos – Belong, Believe and Achieve.
Within all aspects of school life we value our students and their families and want to ensure that they are the happiest and most successful of students.
Our Climate for Learning protocols have 3 main aims – for students to be Ready to learn, Respectful of themselves and of others and Safe.
As a result of these values and beliefs, Safeguarding is a priority throughout the school.
Our recent Ofsted report (January 2020) says:
“The pupils that we spoke to, told us that they feel safe at school. They have good relationships with staff and they are well cared for. Pupils said that bullying is rare and that when it happens, adults deal with it well.”
“The safeguarding team is knowledgeable and well trained. Leaders put pupils’ interests first. Staff are well trained to identify and respond to concerns. Staff use the school’s referral system well. They pass on concerns, no matter how small.”
“The school has a team of workers to ensure that pupils and families get the support that they need. The team works closely with support agencies outside school. Pupils are taught to keep themselves safe, including online. Leaders understand the risks that exist in the local community. They act to protect pupils from them.”
Safeguarding is at the heart of everything that we do – from staff training to student education and referrals to outside agencies. We aim to ensure that every student who attends Sir John Thursby is safe both in school, at home and in the community.
Please refer to the following documents linked to safeguarding our students for key information and advice:
Another focus within the safeguarding team is to protect our students from violent and extremist activity, including grooming and exploitation. We work closely with the Lancashire PREVENT team to train staff and work with students to ensure their safety. All staff complete training to ensure that their knowledge on the PREVENT strategy is up to date.
Please refer to the following documents linked to radicalisation, PREVENT and extremism
As a result of our desire to keep our students safe and also support the wider family should the need arise; at Sir John Thursby we have 5 staff trained to the standard of a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
- Mrs N. Tregay – DSL and Assistant Headteacher of Inclusion
- Mrs K. Tempest – Deputy DSL and Family Support Manager
- Mrs L. Tibbs – Deputy DSL and Deputy Headteacher
- Mr R. Browning – Deputy DSL and Headteacher
- Mr M Smith - Deputy DSL and Assistant Headteacher
Additionally, our Heads of Year and Assistant Heads of Year have received advanced Safeguarding training to Level 3 and our HLTA Leading Alternative Provision has Safeguarding training to the standard of a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
We are a school registered for the Encompass programme, which means that we work closely with the police and receive alerts should any of our students have experienced any form of domestic abuse or domestic violence, been witness to it, or if a concern has been raised regarding a student being exploited. This allows us to be proactive in supporting our students and where necessary the wider family.
We also work closely with numerous external agencies to ensure students safety. Examples of agencies we work closely with are:
- Child Family and Wellbeing Service
- Multi – Agency Safeguarding Hub
- Lancashire Inclusion Hub
- Virgin Care – School Nursing Team
- Burnley in the Community
- We are with you
- Emergency Essentials Fund
- Northern Community Network
We also complete referrals for hardship funds to ensure that our families are provided with the basic equipment to create a safe and appropriate family home environment.
Our focus on safeguarding extends to supporting the Emotional health and wellbeing of our students and we commission a counsellor from Child Action Northwest for 2 days per week to work with our students, alongside our Mental and Emotional Health Support worker who is based on site 5 days per week.
Should you have any concerns relating to the Safeguarding of our students or you feel your family would benefit from the support mentioned on this page, please contact
Mrs Tregay or Mrs Tempest on (01282) 682313.
If you have an immediate concern regarding the safety of a child or young person please call either 999 for immediate police intervention or the Safeguarding advice line on 0300 123 6720 during the working day or 0300 123 6722 for their out of hours service.
We have listed below two booklets on Safeguarding and Information for parents/carers and students, click on the links to view the booklets.