Safeguarding children is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-Agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children (March 2015) as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children's health and development;
  • ensuring that children grow up circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Our pupils' welfare is our paramount concern. Rye Academy Trust will ensure that our schools will safeguard and promote welfare of pupils and work together with other agencies to ensure that our educational establishments have adequate arrangements to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm.

Rye College and Studio School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy’ which can be viewed in the ‘Policies’ section of our website. We are equally committed to promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. In doing so, we provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play a full and active part in society.

Designated Safeguarding Leads 

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads for the Trust are: 

Rye Community Primary School

Ms Jane Howard (Headteacher)

Miss Kelly Martin (Deputy Headteacher) 

Pugwash Nursery

Miss Fran Rattray (Deputy Manager)

Miss Katie Banister (Deputy Manager and SENCo)

Rye College & Studio School 

Miss Jest Carpenter (Deputy Headteacher) 

Miss Leah Greenough (Head of Quality) 

Our PREVENT leads within the Trust are: 

Miss Jest Carpenter

Ms Jane Howard 

Miss Kelly Martin 

Safeguarding Working Party 

The Trust has a Safeguarding Working Group which has a remit to assist the trustees to fulfil their oversight responsibilty in relation to safeguarding and to provide a forum for the Designated Safeguarding Leads to bring forward issues for discussion. The Board of Trustees receives a report on the work of the Safeguarding Working Party and any issues for the attention of the board via monthly reports from the nominated Trustee for Safeguarding who sits on the Working Party. 

The Working Party's Terms of Reference can be accessed here. 

Read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.


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