Download: BCAT Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Safety Information for Visitors

We hope that your visit will be enjoyable, informative and safe. Please help us by reading and complying with the guidance contained in this leaflet, which is intended to ensure your health and safety whilst at Wixams Academy. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.


All visitors and contractors coming in to the academy must sign in at Reception. Please ensure your visitors pass and lanyard are clearly visible.

If you are working unsupervised with students, you will be asked to produce your DBS certificate or details thereof, together with proof of identification, ie Passport or driving licence. Without this you may not be granted access.

Mobile Phones/Photographs

Visitors may not use mobile phones on site, including taking photographs of the Academy, staff or students.

Fire and Evacuation

First Aid

If you need first aid or feel unwell please report to the Academy’s Reception.


Smoking and Vaping

Wixams Academy operates a no smoking policy. Please do not smoke or vape anywhere on the academy site.

Car Parking


It is everyone’s responsibility to RECOGNISE and RESPOND to any concerns about the welfare of a child or young person. 

Safeguarding Guidance for Staff and Visitors to the Academy

Adults visiting or working on the academy site play an important part in the life of the academy. Please observe the following guidelines:

If you have any concerns that a student may be at risk of harm, report it immediately to the  Designated Persons (DSL) for child protection, Lindsey Pearson, Andrew O’Rourke, Amanda Maddox, Clare Mountain, Holly Stack, Catherine Stacey and Lucy Bonforte who can be contacted during school hours via the Academy’s Reception, or via the following email addresses: Head of Year 11 Head of Year 10 Head of Year 9 Head of Year 8 Head of Year 7 (Lead DSL)

For concerns outside of school hours please see the following contact details (Emergency contact details section follows)

Mrs L Pearson (lead DSL)
Mrs L Pearson (lead DSL)
Mrs L Bonforte
Mrs L Bonforte
Mrs A Maddox
Mrs A Maddox
Mrs C Mountain
Mrs C Mountain
Miss H Stack
Miss H Stack
Mr A O'Rourke
Mr A O’Rourke
Miss S Stacey
Miss S Stacey
Natasha Biddles
Natasha Biddles

Emergency Contact Numbers

Academy Reception: 01234 608950

Site team: 07803 266571

IFD/Integrated front door: email: or call 01234 718700 (office hours) or 0300 300 8123 (out of hours)

Local authority Designated Officer (LADO): or call 01234 276693 

NSPCC Whistleblowing: email: or call 0800 028 0285

If there is an allegation made against a member of staff, you must pass this on to the Principal:

If an allegation is made against the Principal, the Chair of the Local Advisory Board must be informed: Chair of LAB, Wixams Academy, Green Lane, Wixams, Bedford MK42 6BA

If an allegation is made against the Chair of LAB, the BCAT Chair must be contacted: BCAT Chair, Bedford College, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AH

Thank you for helping to keep Wixams Academy safe.

Online Safety Information for Parents and Students

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command




National Online Safety


Please see a collection of resources supporting the emotional wellbeing of children & young people and those supporting them. To find out more, please visit:

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