Safeguarding and Child Protection at Wycombe High School

Everyone who works in our school has a responsibility to make sure that all our students are safe.

Wycombe High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, governors and visitors to share this commitment.  We listen intently to our students and any concerns they may have, and take seriously what they tell us.  We work in partnership with parents/carers to enable our students to enjoy school, achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to the wider aspects of school and community life.

To ensure a safe school environment, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council, in accordance with current legislation. 

In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ September 2019, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for safeguarding and child protection, Mrs Jarrett, Deputy Headteacher, who has received appropriate training for this role.  It is her responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive Child Protection awareness training on a regular basis. 

The Safeguarding Team at our school comprises:

Mrs S Jarrett

Deputy Headteacher

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr P Garrett-Chapman

Head of House/Year

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs C Isabelle

MatronDeputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs E Mansir

Assistant Headteacher

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs A Paskins

Head of House /YearDeputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs J Winser

Student Support Team Leader

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Our Safeguarding Governors are:

Mr David Garmon-Jones                  

Safeguarding Governor

Mrs Jenny Ricketts              

Deputy Safeguarding Governor

We pride ourselves on working closely with our students and their parents/carers.  Sometimes we need to contact other agencies regarding concerns about a child.  On occasion, Social Care or another external agency may want to speak to a child without a parent’s/carer's knowledge, for example, whilst undertaking an investigation under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989. 

The procedures that we follow have been laid down by Statutory Guidance and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy based on the Local Authority model.  Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found here. The COVID19 Addendum can be found here.

Other key policies can be found via the link on our website.

If you have a Safeguarding concern and wish to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team at Wycombe High School please call Reception on 01494 523961 between 8.15am and 4.15pm during term time.

If you have a serious concern for the immediate safety or wellbeing of a student please contact the police on 101 or 999, or Social Care on 01296 383962 (daytime) or 0800 999 7677 (out of school hours).