Safeguarding is central to school life at The Ropemakers’ Academy. We are wholly committed to ensuring we provide an environment and an experience where our children feel physically and emotionally safe. All of our staff are trained to be vigilant to risks and concerns, and our policies and safeguarding leads ensure that we are able to provide comprehensive safeguarding and child protection across all areas of school life. We regularly review our whole school safeguarding approaches, and work closely with a range of agencies to ensure our children are able to access all the support they need.

If you have any concerns about any aspect of safeguarding or child welfare, then please contact the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads: (DSL)

DSL: Mr Simon Hawthorne, Headteacher
Deputy DSL: Mr Neil Davie, Miss Shani Larner


The Beckmead Trust


2021- 2022

Safeguarding legislation and government guidance defines safeguarding as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment 
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes 

Safeguarding includes:

Safeguarding is underpinned by core working practices including child protection, health care plans, health and safety, site security, safety on school trips, anti-bullying work and so much more. The Trust’s central team plays a key role in training, leading and auditing safeguarding across the Trust schools. We work very closely with our Local Authority’s to ensure that we are fully joined up in our approach and that we develop a strong and pervasive safeguarding culture in every aspect of school life.

Each school publishes its own safeguarding policy, outlining local arrangements and noting all key safeguarding staff.

The Trust adheres to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • The Prevent Duty 

The Trust and its schools have a suite of Safeguarding documents which are reviewed regularly and can be found on this website

All our staff, whatever their role, receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within school. If any members of the school or local community have concerns about the welfare of a child in one of our schools, please pass them on to the named colleagues at the applicable school.