Our students feel healthy and safe, and enjoy all aspects of school life. We have been recognised for our high quality care and support.

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“The school provides high quality care and support for all students, particularly those whose circumstances make them more vulnerable. This, alongside the carefully planned courses of study, helps students to be well prepared to move on to further education, training or employment.” – Ofsted inspection 2012

Students start each school day in their Progress Groups, where their Progress Tutor ensures high standards of appearance, attendance, punctuality and behaviour.

Each year group is supported by a Pastoral Manager who maintains close ties between school and home, and are the first point of contact for parents and carers.

An Achievement Lead is linked to each year group and monitors the academic progress of each student to ensure that they all fulfil their potential.

At BCHS, we take safeguarding very seriously and all our staff understand that “safeguarding is everyone’s business and everyone’s responsibility”. The school works closely with the local Safeguarding Children’s Board and related safeguarding teams and takes full part in multi-agency training organised by them.

All adults who regularly work on our site are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to prevent unsuitable people from working with students. All visitors are closely supervised when on site.

Our staff are trained to be vigilant for all kinds of safeguarding concerns, including bullying, online safety, emotional or other abuse or extremist behaviour. We have clear procedures in place where any potential safeguarding concerns are identified and appropriate action taken. Where a student is deemed to be at significant risk and we need to involve other agencies, we share information with other public bodies such as Children’s Social Care. Where information is shared, we work within the agreed local information sharing protocols to make sure that information is shared in line with local and national rules.

Where safeguarding concerns are raised that relate to any adults in school, we work closely with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to make sure we follow the correct procedures, and ensure all concerns are investigated and followed up appropriately.

Our students are taught about how to keep themselves safe and about what to do if they have any concerns. We also teach them and display information about local and national charities (e.g. NSPCC) that they can contact for confidential advice.

Mrs Shanaz Hussain is the Designated Senior Person for safeguarding. We also have a designated lead governor for child protection on the Governing Body.

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