“The designated safeguarding lead and the safeguarding team work effectively with other agencies to make sure that pupils are safe. Staff maintain useful relationships with a range of other professionals to support highly vulnerable pupils. You proactively seek advice from expert sources whenever you identify opportunities to build on your already effective practice.” Ofsted Report, February 2019

“The school’s work to keep students safe and secure is outstanding. The school has rigorous policies, strategies and procedures to ensure the welfare and safeguarding of students. These ensure that all students are kept very safe.  … Students understand the different forms of bullying. They told the inspectors that there is no real bullying or teasing at the school. Staff and parents agree.” Ofsted Report, January 2015

The academy recognises that in order to achieve excellent pupil outcomes, students must be taught in an environment which is caring, safe and secure and free from discrimination and bullying.

The academy does not tolerate racist incidents or allegations of victimisation, harassment or bullying of any nature, and incidents are monitored on a weekly basis so incidents can be addressed, and any trends or patterns identified at an early stage. 

A strong emphasis on safeguarding, positive behaviour management and restorative approaches builds resilience amongst students to resist discrimination and enhance awareness of risk.  The culture of strong pastoral relationship and the mentoring structure promotes openness and empowers students to speak without fear. 

The Iffley Academy responds to and works with core guideline documents. These include ‘The Prevent Duty’, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ and’ Keeping Children Safe in Education’.  The school works with advice and guidance provided by Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board.

A range of policies which underpin the outstanding safeguarding procedures in place at The Iffley Academy.  These include:

Behaviour Anti-bullying
Attendance Staff Code of Conduct
Non-exclusion Guidance for Staff in Education Settings on use of social network sites
Safeguarding and Child Protection Health and Safety
Intimate Care Managing Medicines
Physical Contact Teaching and Learning
Positive Handling E Safety
Allegations of abuse made against teachers and other staff Guidance on the use of photographic images and videos of children in schools
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Sex and Relationships
Whistleblowing Safer Recruitment
Drugs Child Sexual Exploitation
Volunteers Policy Equality Policy

The Academy has 4 designated Safeguarding leads (Mr Procter-Legg, Ms Fay and Mrs Nicholas) to ensure that there is a clear emphasis on safeguarding within the school, and that there is always a trained member of staff on site available to deal with safeguarding concerns.

If you have any concerns about students’ welfare, please contact Ms Fay at the Academy.