Pastoral Care


Safeguarding is defined as the protection of children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health or development, enduring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

At Edge Grove, the safeguarding of our children is the highest priority and we are committed to this and to promoting the welfare of children and young people in our care.

Creating a safe and welcoming environment, where everyone is respected and valued, and protected from harm is at the heart of our safeguarding arrangements. This is underpinned by a culture of openness where children and adults feel secure, able to talk and know that they will be listened to.  The School has a comprehensive Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy (see below) which outlines the framework for keeping children safe and secure at School, and which parents can read to understand how the School safeguards their children whilst in our care.

We expect all those within our school community to share in and endorse this commitment so that we are able to provide a warm, inclusive and secure environment, in which all individuals feel safe and fully supported.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

At Edge Grove, we have a Safeguarding Team which includes the Deputy Head (Pastoral), Mrs Marion Wright as Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and three Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL): Miss Jo Leighton, Senior Deputy Head (Academic), Mrs Emma Balfour, Assistant Head (Junior) and Mrs Leanne Simmonds (Head of Learning Support).

The team works together to train staff to ensure they have a thorough understanding of safeguarding and are able to identify and report concerns. The team then plan and coordinate support and action, involving outside agencies as necessary.

Safeguarding Contact

Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility. If you would like to raise a concern, please email: or, if you would prefer to speak to someone, please telephone 01923 855724 and ask to be put through to the DSL / DDSL.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

“The importance of being a good, caring member of the school community is evident through the way pupils engage and cooperate with each other. They freely and willingly support their classmates in their learning and help each other to succeed”

ISI Report 2023

"Pupils show a very high level of self-understanding. They gain high levels of self-confidence and self- esteem through the support and nurturing of staff who know them well"

ISI Report 2023

"Around school, pupils are polite and well mannered. They smile at each other in the corridor and are very happy to engage in conversation with adults. On the playground, pupils look out for each other and play very well together"

ISI Report

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