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Nottingham Girls' Academy


"The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

"Leaders have established a culture of vigilance. They know the local safeguarding risks, including child criminal exploitation. Pupils learn about these risks through their personal development programme. Leaders have ensured that pupils know about the support available in cases of self-harm. Pupils say that they feel safe. They know the adults they can talk to if they have any worries. This includes access to a trained counsellor.

"Leaders understand the needs of vulnerable pupils. They take swift action when required to protect them from harm. Record-keeping is thorough. Leaders work with external agencies well, including health services and social care."

- Ofsted, December 2021

The aim is to ensure that every child receives the best education possible by creating and maintaining a safe, secure and positive climate for learning in a calm and purposeful environment based on the premise that all pupils are safeguarded.

To achieve this we:

  • Protect children from maltreatment
  • Prevent impairment of children health or development
  • Ensure children are educated in a learning environment which is consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Take action to enable all children to have the best life chances.

All staff must take responsibility and be accountable for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. 

We believe that:

  • All children and young people have the right to be protected from harm.
  • Children and young people need to be safe and to feel safe in the academy.
  • Children and young people need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse.
  • All children and young people have the right to speak freely and voice their values and beliefs.
  • All children and young people must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other.
  • All children and young people have the right to be supported to meet their emotional and social needs as well as their educational needs – a happy healthy sociable child/young person will achieve better educationally.
  • All Staff can contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying, exploitation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviours.
  • All staff have an important role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from abuse.
Safeguarding Staff

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and it is amongst the most important things we do. If our pupils do not feel safe, they will not learn.

The name of the academy’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is W Chapman. They can be contacted via the academy office.

We also have the following staff who are involved in the leadership of safeguarding:

The DSL, Deputy DSLs, Assistant DSLs and all remaining members of the SLT have received Designated Safeguarding Lead training within the last 2 years.

Name Additional Role Held
W Chapman 

Designated Safeguarding Lead 

Deputy DSLs  
R Turner-Ramadan Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) 
Assistant DSLs  
K Castledine-Casey Head of Year 7
E Richardson

Head of Year 8

R Jordan (Acting) Head of Year 9
B Asher Head of Year 10
A Kotze Head of Year 11
N Griffiths Head of Sixth Form
Z Scholtz SENDCo
TBC SEMH Coordinator, ELSA
Safeguarding Officers  
D Hartshorn Deputy Head of Year 7
C Burton Deputy Head of Year 8
C Taylor (Acting) Deputy Head of Year 9
R Williams Deputy Head of Year 10
H Stead Deputy Head of Year 11
T Johnson Deputy Head of Sixth Form
Safeguarding Governance

The Greenwood Academies Trustee with oversight for Safeguarding is Claire Knee.

Important Documents

The following links include statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment. 

We are aware that a new version of Working Together to Safeguard Children was published in December 2023. Although our policies refer to the older version which was current at the start of the academic year we do of course comply with all the requirements of the new document.

You can find the trust-wide safeguarding policy here.

Our own safeguarding protocols can be found below: