The Ripley Academy


The Ripley Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, which includes;

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

All concerns are dealt with by staff trained to the same level as that of the ‘Designated Safeguarding Lead’. Our SENCO is Ms Fran Haywood, our Deputy Head Teacher is Mrs Jayne Scattergood. Mr Jan de Rijk, Head of School/Headteacher and Mrs Kerry Alexander-Brown, School Transition are also ‘designated senior persons’ with full safeguarding training. All other staff receive annual basic awareness training.

Should you have any concerns about your child or a child who attends The Ripley Academy please do not hesitate to contact any one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads.

Cause for Concern

All staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the staff trained to deal with such instances.   Concerns will be shared with parents/carers as early as possible as there are often reasonable explanations for the concern.



Absence and lateness is closely monitored by the Student Support Team. Reasons are sought for all absences. Concerns around attendance may be referred to the Designated Safeguarding Lead Officer. Parents/carers will be notified of attendance concerns at the earliest possible point.


Support for Families via Multi Agency Working

The Ripley Academy works collaboratively with external agencies to ensure that children are safeguarded and welfare is promoted. We actively work with families to secure positive outcomes for both children and families.


Current Key Themes

Whilst any cause for concern is dealt with appropriately, current key themes that staff are trained to deal with include –

  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Child Sexual Exploitation - 'Think about it Letter' and 'Think about it Leaflet'
  • Prevent - Protecting students from the risk of radicalisation which is now seen as part of schools’ wider safeguarding duties.

Please click here to see the current version of our EMET Safeguarding Child Protection Policy 2019

Please click here to see the Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism Policy 2019

Safeguarding Out of Hours Contact Information

If you have immediate concerns for the safety of a child during out of school hours, please contact either;

  • Call Derbyshire (Derbyshire County Council Social Services) 01629 533190
  • First Contact (Derby City Council Social Services) 01332 641172

Other useful contact information;

Child Line

0800 1111

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline

0808 800 5000


08457 909090

Young Minds Parent Helpline

(Children’s health and wellbeing)

0808 805 5544

(9.30-16.00 weekdays)


(Advice for mental health including self-harming)

0300 123 3393

(9.00-18.00 weekdays)


101 (or 999 in an emergency)


0800 555 111

Starting Point Derbyshire

01629 535353

Safe and Sound

(suspicion that a child is at risk of sexual exploitation)

01332 362120


(National Drugs Helpline)

0300 123 6600

Drink Line

0800 917 8282


NHS Smoking Helpline

0800 1690169

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency (CEOP)


Radicalisation/Extremist behaviour advice

0800 789 321


Victim Support line

0808 1689 111



Derbyshire Children Safeguarding Board


Runaway Help Line

116 000