Everyone in our school shares our objective to help keep children safe by:

  •   Providing a safe environment for children to learn in
  •   Supporting children’s development in ways which will foster a sense of self-esteem
  •   Identifying and responding to children in need of support and/or protection

Our staff and governors regularly undertake training in this area to ensure the welfare and safety of our children remains paramount. We also follow safer recruitment practices when appointing new staff and volunteers.

All staff and volunteers are given clear guidance in how to behave and work with children and young adults.  They are highly vigilant and report any concerns they have about a child’s well-being swiftly.  We will always talk with parents if concerns have been noted and will keep them informed should we feel it is necessary for us to report these concerns to another agency.  Children know they can talk about their worries to an adult they trust.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding the safety of a child either inside or outside of school, you can contact our designated safeguarding lead teacher who is Andreya Cowan.  In her absence, you can contact the nominated deputies Rhodri Hopkins or Penny Atherton.

Our safeguarding governor is Joseph Lee who can be contacted via the school office.

You can also make a referral to North Somerset Council’s “Single Point of Entry” with any concerns on 01275 888 808

We have a Safeguarding Policy that applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school and we all follow the Safer Working Practices document (see documents below).

We would also ask that all visitors and helpers in the school read the visitors book (follow the link), which details our policies and procedures.  Thank you for your support in this matter.

Safeguarding Policy

Whistleblowing Policy

Other useful numbers are listed below, or click on the name to be taken directly to their website.

National Childline: 0800 1111   

NSPCC: 0800 800500  

Women’s Aid: 0845 023 468

Samaritans: 0845 790 9090 

NAPAC (National Association for Persons Abused in Childhood): 0800 085 333

KIDSCAPE (Preventing Bullying Protecting Children): 0207 730 3300  or 08451 205 204   

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 0247

Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

For more information about preventing radicalisation and extremism please visit this website:

Useful links

NSPCC Pants Scheme 

Types of neglect and abuse

The Keeping Children Safe in Education document July 2015 defines four types of abuse:

physical abuse, social abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

Please see the documents below for fuller details

Get in Touch

High Down Schools
Down Road, Portishead
Bristol BS20 6DY