Safeguarding at Groombridge St Thomas

At Groombridge School we are all committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of our pupils. 

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are – 

Miss Powell(Headteacher/ Lead DSL),

Mrs Denton (Deputy Head)

Mrs Paice (SENCo)

Safeguarding  IEB Governor - Anne Allison

If you have any concerns about your child or any other pupil at Groombridge School please contact the DSLs immediately.

In an emergency, safeguarding concerns can also be reported to the NSPCC or SPOA 01323 464222

We are also an Operation Encompass school Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse. 

All staff and Governors share these objectives to help keep all children safe:

·        Helping children develop skills to keep themselves safe

·        Raise awareness of safeguarding issues

·        Support vulnerable children and children who have been abused

·        Creating and sustaining a safe, nurturing and caring environment free from discrimination or bullying where our pupils can learn and develop happily


All lateness and absence has to be recorded by the teachers/secretary and reasons will be sought and recorded. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the ESCC Safeguarding Team will be made if necessary. Parents will always be informed about concerns as soon as possible. If attendance concerns continue the school is required to refer this to the Education Welfare Officer.


Sometimes we need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will always aim to do this with parent/carer consent, however if advised to do so or if there is a serious concern we will contact agencies without consent.

Click the following link to access the NSPCC Learning page

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