Safeguarding Team:

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs N Staniforth 

    Pastoral Staff:

    Heads of Year

    Year 7: Mr R Anderson-Fitter

    Year 8: TBC 

    Year 9:  Miss L Seggie

    Year 10: Miss L Denton

   Year 11: TBC


   Year 7-9 Coordinator – Mrs C Iddon

    Year 10 & 11 Coordinator – Mrs J Bowyer

    SENDCo – Ms R Seddon

    Behaviour & Standards – Mr L Pickerill – Senior Assistant Headteacher

At The Barlow we have an effective safe-guarding and child protection procedures in place. The School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children.  We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment. Our staff are vigilant and are trained to spot signs that suggest a pupil may be in distress and are confident in following the procedures to avert and alleviate problems.

School Safety & Security – What we do to keep our students safe:

  • Enhancing Safety in our School
  • We already do a lot or work with students on our PSHCE and RICH curriculum about radical views etc.  This work has been given a high profile following a number of atrocities so that we are ensuring pupils know how to keep themselves safe and encouraging them to talk to someone if they have any concerns.
  • Children who may not want to talk directly to someone are encouraged to use the schools on line SHARP system which we monitor daily.
  • All teachers and support staff are fully trained annually in relation to safeguarding pupils in school.
  • We have a named Safeguarding Lead and have employed an experienced Safeguarding Manager and former Police Officer who is a non-teacher available throughout the day to deal with any safeguarding issues.
  • Teachers liaise with the police on a regular basis and if we were to have any concerns about any of our children exhibiting radical views etc. we must report this immediately to the CHANEL branch of the police who will follow this through immediately.
  • We are a small site for a secondary school and can secure the site extremely well.
  • The school is covered with security cameras.
  • We have a ‘Lock Down’ procedure if any incident did occur at school which threatened the safety of our pupils.
  • Pupils can only enter school via one gate.  This reduces the chances of anyone who is not a member of the community getting onto the site.  This gate is supervised by senior members of staff every day and all children are searched on entry as a safety precaution.
  • Everyday, all students are searched thoroughly on entry to school by the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that no student brings banned or illegal substances or weapons such as knives etc. into school.
  • Pupils are not allowed to leave school during the day unless accompanied by a teacher or are collected by parents.
  • Staff supervise the exit of pupils at the end of the day and go out into the community to ensure pupils are safe in the local community.

School Nurse:

The Barlow has a school nurse attend the school one day a week, if you have any health concerns you can contact your child’s Head of Year to discuss discuss a referral to the school nurse.

Supporting information for parents and carers:

 Agencies that could help support you and your child:

  • Police – 999 direct 
  • Childline – 0800 1111
  • NSPCC 24 Hour free phone service – 0800 800 500
  • Samaritans – 08457909090
  • Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline  – 0161 636 7525
  • Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 801 0327

At The Barlow, we have a zero tolerance policy towards aggressive, violent or anti-social behaviour and this includes the possession of knives / offensive weapons.

What counts as knife crime?

‘Knife crime’ is simply any crime that involves a knife. This includes:

  • carrying a knife or trying to buy one if you’re under 18
  • threatening someone with a knife
  • carrying a knife that is banned
  • a murder where the victim was stabbed with a knife
  • a robbery or burglary where the thieves carried a knife as a weapon

The Reality of Knife Crime:

  • 99% of 10-29 year olds do not carry a knife
  • People who carry a weapon are more likely to be hospitalised with a violence-related injury, and in many cases their own weapon has been used against them
  • A person can receive a prison sentence of up to 4 years for carrying a knife, even if it is never actually used
  • Friends who pressure a person to carry a knife are not good friends and are unlikely to be around to help or support if that person were to get caught

Sources of Support: