If you have any immediate safeguarding concerns about a child, where there is an immediate risk of harm, then you must contact Staffordshire Social Services on 0300 111 8010 or the Police on 101. For non-urgent concerns about a Leek High student email the school’s safeguarding team at safeguardingLHS@ttlt.org.uk.

Any safeguarding concerns in the school should be made aware to the safeguarding team

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is: 

  • Mrs Katie Ackerley (Assistant Headteacher / Designated Teacher for Looked After Children).

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

  • Mr K. Graham, Headteacher
  • Mrs Leanne Ferns (Pastoral Lead/Assistant Head of Year)
  • Mrs Nicola Bateman (Pastoral Lead/Assistant Head of Year)
  • Miss S Ashe (Synergy Manager)


Leek High School recognises its legal duty under s175 Education Act 2002 (section 157 in relation to independent schools and academies) and the 1989 and 2004 Children Acts. We take seriously our responsibilities to protect and safeguard the interests of all students and we recognise that effective child protection work requires sound procedures, good inter-agency co-operation and a workforce that is competent and confident in responding to child protection situations.

Our procedures aim to provide a framework which ensures that all our practice in regard to safeguarding children is consistent with the stated values and procedures that underpin all work with children and young people. Statutory guidance defines a child as anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday.

As part of our procedures all staff undertake mandatory training including Prevent, Level One Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children Training and e-Safety.

Leek High School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We believe that students have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any student in distress and are confident about applying the/our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.

The school adheres to the following three DFE safeguarding documents:

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022

The Prevent Duty 2015

For Staffordshire procedures please click on link below:


Click here to view the school’s current Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.


Safeguarding from Extremism and Radicalisation

We aim to educate students on the dangers of radicalisation by supporting their personal development and building trusting relationships that enable them to discuss ideas. Parents and students who have concerns about extremism and radicalisation may look to schools as a trusted source of advice on how to keep children safe from these risks. In addition to materials produced by the Local Authority and the police – such as the new ‘Prevent Tragedies’ online campaign launched by the Police (http://www.preventtragedies.co.uk/) – there are online resources produced by civil society groups which provide valuable advice, for example ‘Families Matter’ (http://www.familiesmatter.org.uk/)


Resources and support for students and families

Abusive Relationships
thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk staffordshire.gov.uk xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx
Alcohol alcoholeducationtrust.org xxxxxxxxxx
Bullying bullying.co.uk thinkuknow.co.uk xxxxxxxxxx
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) itsnotokay.co.uk paceuk.info xxxxxxxxxx
Childline childline.org.uk xxxxxxxxxx
Cyberbullying and Substance Abuse inpatientdrugrehab.org xxxxxxxxxx
Eating Disorders nhs.uk
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) dofeve.org nspcc.org.uk
Gangs familylives.org.uk
NSPCC nspcc.org.uk xxxxxxxxxx
Self-Harm mind.co.uk nhs.uk
Mental health and wellbeing (NHS) combinedwellbeing.org xxxxxxxxxx


CAMHs – Urgent Care Team – 01782 408354

Childline – 0800 1111

Cobridge Health Clinic – 0300 7900165

Staffordshire Children’s Advice and Support Service – 0300 1118007

Food Bank – 07902 8351158

Haregate Community Centre – 01538 398378

NHS Schools Mental Health Support Team – 01782 408377 ext. 7304577

Samaritans –116 123

Vysion – 01260 290000