Safeguarding at The Pingle Academy
At The Pingle Academy the safeguarding of the children in our care is of paramount importance. Safeguarding children is every member of staff’s responsibility. Specifically, this means that all staff are fully trained in line with 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' (2022) and that the Academy operates safer recruitment practices in all cases.
The Pingle Academy follows the De Ferrers Trust safeguarding policy which can be found below. In addition, The Pingle Academy has its own safeguarding annex which contains information unique to our setting.
Within The Pingle Academy we recognise the importance of keeping children safe from harm, not just our statutory responsibility but our moral one. We work closely with Derbyshire Local Authority to support families whose concerns or actions may have led to a referral being made either by school staff or those external to the academy.
We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment within our academy where all children and adults are respected and valued. We will make sure that all children and young people have the same protection regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children and adults receive effective support and protection. We recognise the additional needs of vulnerable and disabled children and young people and the barriers they may face, especially around communication.
‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ Statutory guidance for Schools and Colleges (DfE September 2021) contains information on what schools, including academies, should do and sets out the legal duties with which they must comply.
Part of the above requirement states that all staff should read at least part one of this guidance and this is provided to all staff in the form of a safeguarding booklet alongside other important safeguarding information, and time is given within training sessions for staff to read this.
Please follow the link below to view the trust-wide safeguarding policy and The Pingle Academy safeguarding annexe.
If students have any safeguarding concerns, they can find Mr Hurst or Mrs Orme in SZ3 along the corridor from the Learners’ Entrance or contact them at
Or students can fill in our 'Report a Concern' form below
Meet the Safeguarding team
Mr M Hurst: Designated Safeguarding Lead & Early Help Lead
Mr Mark Hurst
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) & Early Help Lead
Mr S Waller: Assistant Principal & Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mr Simon Waller
Assistant Principal & Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mr S Hall: Principal
Mr Steve Hall
Mrs M Hall: Vice Principal
Mrs Mary Hall
Mrs E Goodwin: Assistant Head of Sixth Form
Mrs Emma Goodwin
Assistant Head of Sixth Form
Mrs L Harling: Head of Enhanced Resources
Mrs Louise Harling
Head of Enhanced Resources
Mrs S Hughes: First Aid & Student Welfare
Mrs Stella Hughes
First Aid & Student Welfare
Mrs E Orme: Student Support Worker
Mrs Erika Orme
Student Support WorkerMrs E Orme (email@example.com)
Mrs R Venda: Education Welfare Officer
Mrs Rebecca Venda
Education Welfare OfficerMrs R Venda (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mrs C McKay: Family Support Worker ERS
Mrs Claire McKay
Family Support Worker ERSMrs C McKay (email@example.com)
Mrs F Stagg: Trust Board Link for Safeguarding
Mrs Fiona Stagg
Trust Board Link for SafeguardingMrs F Stagg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr A Hobson: Safeguarding Governor
Mr Adrian Hobson
Safeguarding GovernorMr A Hobson (email@example.com)