Safeguarding & Pastoral Support
Heads of Year and a dedicated pastoral support assistant are responsible for each year group and work closely with an Assistant Headteacher, on the day to day functioning of the year group and keep the Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher informed about each cohort.
Our pastoral support assistants are key in liaising with home and school. They will often resolve any immediate concerns parents and students may have.
Each student is a member of a tutor group. Structured tutorial work takes place in the tutor group every day. This learning covers personal development, careers education, preparation for work experience and course choice guidance. In time it eventually leads to the production of the Portfolio of Achievement and Graduation. There are two important review days each year, allowing progress to be reviewed effectively and meaningful targets to be set with the agreement of both students and parents. This is a time when parents can sit and reflect with their child’s tutor to discuss their academic and personal progress.
We involve all members of staff and all students in our pastoral system as it is a fundamental part of the curriculum of the school.
The school has access to educational psychologists and speech and language therapists for consultation and support where needed. We also have access to a wide range of other supporting services.
We are constantly developing our offer to meet the needs of our young people and to help deal with the increasing pressures of our modern world.
"Whatever students individual academic or pastoral needs, staff put helpful and supportive care inplace so that all of them can enjoy school life and make progress." - Ofsted 2013
If you are concerned about a child or need to speak to someone in our Pastoral Team you can email email@example.com or email the relevant Head of Year and PSA or a member of our safeguarding team directly about any concerns you may have, you can find their contact details below:
Year 12 & 13
Head of Sixth Form
At Park High Sixth Form we want every student to feel safe and supported. We place a high value on gaining a holistic view of our students and developing an understanding of their individual needs. This starts from our induction programme which seeks to help students with the transition to post-16 study. Parent and Carers are also invited to meet the Sixth Form team in the first 2 weeks.
We recognise that post-16 programmes of study are demanding and as such want to ensure that the young people in our care have a range of resources available to draw upon during their time at our Sixth Form. This includes a dedicated pastoral staff team made up of:
- Mr Patel the Head of Sixth Form
- Mrs Rahman the Sixth Form Administrator and safeguarding contact
- Mr Samuels a pastoral support assistant, who specifically monitors attendance & punctuality
- An experienced, specialised Sixth Form tutor team. Every student is a part of a tutor group and will meet their tutor daily.
Our pastoral team is key in liaising with home and Sixth Form and is a vital link in ensuring that school and home work together to support each child. Parents and Carers are also invited to meet the Sixth Form team.
We place great importance on our extensive offer of interventions that are based on the individual needs of each student. This includes mentors, mental-health support, catch-up clubs, study skills sessions and many other activities or programmes that can support our Sixth Formers to develop and grow. We recognise that every student is different, unique and bursting with potential, and at Park High we aim to celebrate and develop this.
Safeguarding & Child Protection team
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is essentially about keeping children and young people safe from abuse or neglect.
All those who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work, including people who do not have a specific role in relation to child protection, have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Why is safeguarding important?
At Park High School we understand that promoting the welfare of all the children who live and learn within our community is of upmost importance. This means ensuring that we create every opportunity for our pupils to grow, develop and achieve their own potential whilst being protected from harmful influences and actions either on the part of others or themselves.
By doing this we will enable children to maximise their own life chances.
If you notice anything that concerns you, talk to your child to see if you can find out what is happening. If your child becomes distressed or you are not happy with the explanations, you could talk to our designated safeguarding staff at school, an adult you trust or call a helpline or children’s social care services.
Some signs to look for are:
- bruises or other injuries
- a change in behaviour – from quiet to loud, or from happy-go-lucky to withdrawn pain or discomfort
- fear of a particular person, or a reluctance to be alone with them
- secrecy around a relationship with a particular person
- reluctance to discuss where they go, or who they are with
- sexual talk or knowledge beyond their years
- being watchful, or always on edge
- losing interest in their appearance
- hobbies or family life
- having money and refusing to say where it has come from
- wetting the bed
- becoming clingy.
How do we ensure that we safeguard all pupils?
It is our priority to promote the welfare of, and effectively safeguard, the children in our care by:
- valuing all our pupils as individuals
- listening to pupils and taking only decisions that are in their best interest.
- respecting our pupils as individuals and ensuring they feel safe to raise any concerns within our school community.
- ensuring that all adults entering the building sign in and have access to our visitor policy
- ensuring adherence to school policies on confidentiality and protection of personal information
- making sure all governors, staff, visitors and anyone else who is involved in the day to day life of Park High School are aware of and committed to the safeguarding policy and child protection procedures
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- adopting a code of conduct for all staff and visitors to school which includes digital safety and the use of mobile phones etc.
What will happen if we feel there is a safeguarding issue?
As a school we are required to share information about concerns and pupil welfare issues with external agencies on a need to know basis.
Should a child make a disclosure we will contact the appropriate agencies. If we are advised that a child may be put at further risk and adults should not be informed, we will follow this advice.
Where allegations concern members of staff these will be dealt with in accordance with our Harrow child protection procedures.
What do to do if you have a safeguarding concern?
Students can email if they have any safeguarding concerns:
Students are reminded of the list of numbers in their planner to ring if they have any safeguarding concerns.
If you are concerned about a child, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ask at reception to speak to our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Karen Wilkinson, or any of our safeguarding officers.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
If you are concerned about the behaviour of an employee or visitor, please ask to speak to the headteacher, Mrs O'Dwyer.
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If you have any concerns about safeguarding in the school, our safeguarding governor, Mrs Sangita Patel may be contacted via the school address.
Harrow Golden Number: 020 8901 2690 / 020 8424 0999
Police: 101 (non-emergency) / 999 (emergency)
NSPCC: 0800 800 500/Childline: 0800 1111
Government whistle-blowing service: 0800 028 0285