Safeguarding

The Governors of St Paul’s regard the welfare of the pupils as paramount. The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The school seeks to develop and improve our safeguarding policies and procedures continuously and to promote a culture of excellence in safeguarding amongst our staff and volunteers.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that form the foundations of our safeguarding commitment.

Since 2014, an ongoing objective has been to achieve, and then maintain, beacon status for safeguarding procedures and practice within the UK independent education sector. To that end, in 2014 Professor Graham Badman CBE was commissioned to conduct a thorough and independent review of current safeguarding practice and culture, and make recommendations on how the School can achieve the objective. Professor Badman is well known in maintained-sector education, a campaigner for children’s rights through UNICEF, and a former Director of Children’s Services for Kent, and his team included senior figures from policing, children’s charities and the independent sector. Further information is available below.

If you have concerns about any pupil at St Paul’s School, please contact the Safeguarding Team on 020 8746 5353.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Richard Girvan – Surmaster: email

Deputy DSLs

Shelagh Willis – Safeguarding Coordinator: email

Nick Watkins – Deputy Head Pastoral: email

Sam Madden – Deputy Head Mental Health, Wellbeing and Life Skills: email

James Gilks – Sixth Form Undermaster: email

Naomi McLaughlin – Lower Eighth Form Undermaster: email

 

If you have concerns about any pupil at St Paul’s Juniors, please contact the Safeguarding Team on 020 8746 5353.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Alex Matthews – Pastoral Deputy Head: email

Deputy DSLs

Shelagh Willis – Safeguarding Coordinator: email

Alistair Wilkinson – Head of First Years: email

Ibe Akoh – Teacher of Computing: email

Further information is included in our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures.

Independent review of safeguarding

Badman Review (2014-15) and Barnardo's Review (2017)

St Paul’s has long been renowned for its leadership in teaching, learning, pastoral care and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Our response to the reviews signifies our commitment to be leaders in safeguarding.

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Current Practices

Independent review and learning from SCRs and experts in the field

The School’s key policies, procedures and summary documents are developed in line with statutory guidance, ISI regulatory requirements, Local Authority requirements and best practice, informed by independent reviews.

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