Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. Early help is key.

South Lee School is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We believe that pupils 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 pupil in distress and are confident about applying the 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.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school, please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs). See below for information.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, parents and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have a Safeguarding and Child Protection policy and procedures in place.

Parents and carers are welcome to read the policy. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day.

If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then this will be reported to the Headmaster (or the Chair of Governors if the concern relates to the Headmaster) who will consider what action to take.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Nominated Lead Member of Staff: 

Sarah Catchpole (Acting Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead) –

Nominated Deputy Lead Member of Staff: 

Donna Macfarlane (School Nurse and EYFS/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)  -


Acting Head: Sarah Catchpole

Governors’ Committee Responsible: Safeguarding and Pastoral Care

Governor Lead: Holly Buckingham, contact details available from the school office.


More information on safeguarding and reporting concerns can be found on the Suffolk Safeguarding webpage: