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We believe that in order for young people to thrive they must feel confident, relaxed and secure. Wellbeing is at the heart of Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form.

We aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for all members of our community, which includes students and their families. Sometimes factors beyond a student's control can impact on their life in the school or students can find it hard to manage their emotions and their behaviour. These issues must not become a barrier to their achievement and the achievement of others.

If a child or young person is in immediate danger, call 999.

Essex Children’s Social Care: If you're worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child, call the children's line on 0345 603 7627. This phone line is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5:30pm, and Fridays 9am to 4:30pm. Out of hours or bank holidays, please call the emergency duty team on 0345 606 1212. Alternatively, you can complete an online request for support.

If you wish to let the school know about any safeguarding concerns, please use the email address Please note that during any holidays or weekends, this email address is monitored periodically and should not be used in the first instance for urgent concerns.

Further sources of support include:

Essex Safeguarding Children Board:

Southend, Essex and Thurrock Children's and Adolescent's Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS): 0800 953 0222.

Childline: 0800 1111

Give Us A Shout: or text SHOUT to 85258


 Mrs Melanie Townsend, Assistant Headteacher
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Melanie Townsend
Deputy Headteacher 
 Miss Katie Murdoch, RSL Year 7
Deputy Designated
Safeguarding Lead
Miss Katie Murdoch
Raising Standards Leader
 Ms Caroline Watson, Student Support Officer
Deputy Designated
Safeguarding Lead
Ms Caroline Watson
Student Support Officer 

Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection.

Policy Aims

Our policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school. We are committed to:

  • Ensuring we practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
  • Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
  • Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
  • Supporting students who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
  • Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.

We recognise that because of the day-to-day contact with children, school staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The school will therefore:

  • Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
  • Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried.
  • Include opportunities in the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum , such as via Personal Development lessons and the tutor and assembly programme for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.

We will follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Education.

Looked After Children (LAC)

Every school has a designated teacher for looked after children. Foster carers, residential workers and social workers should make Mrs Wager, Assistant Headteacher, their first point of contact for advice.

The Education of Looked After Children team is also available for advice and support.

Contact the Department for Education

General enquiries

Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Department for Education
Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
M1 2WD
United Kingdom

Contact Form: General enquiries

Telephone: 0370 000 2288

Fax: 0161 600 1332

The national helpline is open between Monday and Friday, 9am to 5pm, although you may get a quicker answer by calling between 9am and 10am, or between 4pm and 5pm.