Keeping children safe

The safeguarding of our pupils is of the  upmost importance at St Mary’s Catholic High School and we believe that Safeguarding is everyone’s business and responsibility. We are committed to promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. We consistently work with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements are made to identify, assess, prevent and support any child who suffers harm.

All members of staff believe that St Mary’s Catholic High School should provide a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the spiritual, social, physical and moral development of all our children.

All staff at St Mary’s receive regular Safeguarding and Child Protection training and are aware of procedures to report any concerns.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and responsibility.

We all have a statutory duty to “safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.

If you have any concerns about the health and safety of a child at our school setting or feel that something may be troubling them, you should share this information with an appropriate member of staff straight away. Some issues e.g. a child’s appearance, hygiene, general behaviour, can be shared with any teacher or member of support staff at St Mary’s Do not worry that you may be reporting small matters – we would rather that you tell us things which turn out to be small than miss a genuine concern or problem.

However, if you think the matter is very serious and may be related to a child protection concern you must ask for the safeguarding designated lead or deputy. Where the child has been harmed or is at risk of harm e.g. physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, you must talk to one of the people below immediately. If you are unable to contact them you can ask the school office staff to find them and ask them to speak to you straight away about a confidential and urgent matter.


The people you should talk to about child protection issues at St Mary’s are:


Designated Safeguarding Lead 

Miss H McKay

Her office is located next to the Finance office in the admin block

Her telephone number is 01246 201191


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss L Hood – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Her office is located next to M6

Her telephone number is 01246 201191

Any allegation or disclosure involving someone who works with children in a paid or voluntary capacity must be reported directly to the Headteacher unless it involves them and then is should be reported directly to the Chair of the Governing Body.

Early Help Offer

Please see the attached information for 21/22 early help offer

To contact the Chair of Governors please write to:

Mr W Hayes, Chair of Governors

St Mary’s Catholic High School

Newbold Road

Chesterfield S41 8AG

OR email c/o the Clerk to Governors, Mrs J Sims: