Wixams Academy are committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of every pupil. All our staff, governors and volunteers share this commitment.
Pupils are aware that they can talk to any member of staff if they have any concerns. All staff are trained in Safeguarding on an annual basis allowing staff to understand the signs that a child may be at risk of harm. We sometimes need to share information with external agencies about our pupils but where concerns are raised, discussions will take place with parents/carers first, unless we believe that this would be of detriment to the child’s welfare. If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of a child please contact a DSL immediately.
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.
Visitors may not use mobile phones on site, including taking photographs of the Academy, staff or students.
Fire and Evacuation
- Your host will explain what to do in the case of emergencies and fire alarms.
- The alarm is a continuous bell. You must leave the building by the fire exit in the dining hall.
- Stay with your host as they will escort you to the assembly point and ensure that you are recorded as present.
- Do not take any personal risks.
- You must not re-enter the building until told it is safe to do so.
If you need first aid or feel unwell please report to the Academy’s Reception.
- Contractors must ensure that they follow any health and safety guidelines that may apply. By doing so, you will assist us in meeting the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.
- Contractors working within school hours must hold a valid DBS enhanced disclosure certificate and produce a copy or details thereof.
Smoking and Vaping
Wixams Academy operates a no smoking policy. Please do not smoke or vape anywhere on the academy site.
- All vehicles and their contents are left at the owner’s risk.
- Please observe the speed limit of 10mph.
- Ofsted definition:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
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:
- Do not initiate verbal or physical contact with students unless it is appropriate and a part of the agreed reason for your visit.
- Do not give any personal information to students, such as your mobile number or email address.
- Do not give students details of your personal social network accounts or engage in any communication with students using social networking sites.
- If a student makes a disclosure to you, do not promise confidentiality; explain that you will need to talk to someone else. Inform the designated senior person for child protection.
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, listed below, who can be contacted during school hours via the Academy’s Reception, or via the following email addresses:
email@example.com (Lead DSL)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Head of Year 9)
email@example.com (Head of Year 11)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Co head of Year 7)
email@example.com (Head of Year 8)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Head of Year 12)
email@example.com (Head of Year 10)
Emergency Contact Numbers
Academy Reception: 01234 608950
Site team: 07803 266571
IFD/Integrated front door: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01234 718700 (office hours) or 0300 300 8123 (out of hours)
Local authority Designated Officer (LADO): email@example.com or call 01234 276693
NSPCC Whistleblowing: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 028 0285
If there is an allegation made against a member of staff, you must pass this on to the Interim Principal: email@example.com
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
Please see a collection of resources supporting the emotional wellbeing of children & young people and those supporting them. To find out more, please visit: https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/mentalhealthhub
How you feel matters
HOW YOU FEEL MATTERS poster for children and young people.
This poster highlights for children and young people the importance in talking, trying to talk to their school mental health lead, counsellor, doctor, friend, family, trusted adult. Click here to download it.