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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

Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy

If students have any safeguarding concerns, they can find Mrs Simpson or Mrs Orme in Support & Guidance 1 along the corridor from the  Learners’ Entrance or contact them  at 


Or students can fill in our 'Report a Concern' form below

Safeguarding & Wellbeing: Report a Concern

Meet the Safeguarding team

Mrs K Simpson: Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs K Simpson

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) 

Mr S Waller: Assistant Principal & Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Simon wallerMr Simon Waller

Assistant Principal & Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Mr S Hall: Principal

Miss L Robinson: Assistant Head of Sixth Form

Robinson l missMiss Laura Robinson

Assistant Head of Sixth Form

Mrs L Harling: Head of Enhanced Resources

Louise harlingMrs Louise Harling

Head of Enhanced Resources

Mrs S Hughes: First Aid & Student Welfare

Stella hughesMrs Stella Hughes

First Aid & Student Welfare

Mrs E Orme: Student Support Worker

Erika ormeMrs Erika Orme

Student Support Worker 

Mrs R Venda: Education Welfare Officer

Rebecca vendaMrs Rebecca Venda

Education Welfare Officer

Mrs C McKay: Family Support Worker ERS

Claire mckayMrs Claire McKay

Family Support Worker ERS

Mrs F Stagg: Trust Board Link for Safeguarding

Fiona staggMrs Fiona Stagg

Trust Board Link for Safeguarding

Mr A Hobson: Safeguarding Governor

Adrian hobsonMr Adrian Hobson

Safeguarding Governor