The definition for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education – Statutory Guidance for Schools & Colleges’ (September 2023)’ is:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcome

Our school takes our safeguarding role very seriously and the safety and welfare of our students is always our first priority. Our Child Protection Policy is available on the Policies section of the school website.

If you have any safeguarding concerns about any student at The Friary School, or any other child, then your key contacts are:

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead – Lottie Hearn
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Deb Wykes
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Steve Neale
  • Nominated Governor for Safeguarding – Ann Carlisle
  • Headteacher – Matt Allman
  • Chair of Governors – Jane Mackenzie

All of the school representatives above can be contacted via school reception (Tel – 01543 267 400) of via

Alternatively, if you are seeking to report a concern outside of school hours, then your contacts are:

  • Staffordshire Children’s Advice Service (SCAS) 0300 111 8007
  • Out of Hours Emergency – 0345 604 2886

However, if you judge a child to be at immediate risk of danger or harm then call 999.

For more information about Safeguarding, please contact Lottie Hearn, Deputy Headteacher and our Designated Safeguarding Lead, via