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’. The designated lead officer is Miss Jayne Scattergood, Deputy Head Teacher. 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 2018

Please click here to see the Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism Policy 2018