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Dormers Well High School achieves top award for safeguarding

Dormers Wells High School has been given a top award for its safeguarding. The Southall school is now the recipient of the Platinum Incyte International Excellence in Safeguarding Award which follows a comprehensive review and audit of the school in which students, teachers, senior leadership, site staff, governors and police were interviewed and which determined its rating. 

Dormers Wells High School students holding the platinum award. Photo: Dormers Wells High School
Dormers Wells High School students holding the platinum award. Photo: Dormers Wells High School

Among the findings which gave the school its platinum award were:

  • “School leaders have developed an exemplary safeguarding culture that is child and community centred. Highly efficient and tenacious leadership of safeguarding is characterised by remarkable teamwork and multi-agency approaches to safeguarding.”
  • “Safeguarding and associated policies are compliant, and effectively implemented. Students feel safe and are confident to report any issues or concerns. Their views are frequently sought to ensure that their contributions inform and shape the school’s safeguarding arrangements.”
  • “Effective staff training has a huge impact on the staff’s indepth understanding of safeguarding. Staff make a valuable contribution to creating the school’s safeguarding culture and staff recognise the high complexity of needs of their school population and their families.”
  • “Highly effective safeguarding arrangements are overseen by a knowledgeable safeguarding governor, who is a recently retired headteacher of a local primary school within the trust.”
  • “Exceptional attitudes to keeping students safe are evident through meticulous record-keeping and vigilance, including helpful poster displays that include succinct information related to concerns about a member of staff and what actions to take when needed. Visitors to the school are presented with an informative safeguarding leaflet. The school is highly strategic in their approach to safeguarding, which has led to creating a confident safeguarding culture.”

Speaking to EALING.NEWS, Dormers Wells High School headteacher Roisin Walsh said: “We are very pleased to have received the platinum safeguarding award.”

Ms Roison added: “This award reflects our commitment to promoting a culture of safety, implementing effective safeguarding measures, and contributing to the overall welfare of our community. As the report states safeguarding is the “golden thread” throughout our school. It is part of everything we do and as a result, the school has “created a remarkable safeguarding culture”.

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