“Miss, this morning I felt I was looking into a raging volcano, but now I feel a million miles from it. Thanks for listening.”

Everyone at Appledore School is committed to safeguarding and responsible for keeping our children safe.

We do this by: providing a safe environment for children to thrive; identifying children who are suffering or are likely to suffer significant harm and taking appropriate action to ensure they are kept safe both at school and at home.

To ensure children are safe we have systems for the purpose:

  • preventing unsuitable people working with children
  • promoting safe practice and challenge unsafe practice
  • effective identification of concerns and imitating or taking  appropriate action
  • contributing to effective partnerships between all relevant safeguarding services

for more information, please see the safeguarding policy in Parents/Policies

If you have concerns about a child or young person, please contact any of the following on 01237 474365 or

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead – Jeremy Cooper, Headteacher
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads – Julie McMorine, Deputy Headteacher and Claire Bannister, Assistant Headteacher
  • Designated Domestic Abuse Lead – Liz Phillips
  • School Learning Mentor – Liz Phillips

If your safeguarding concern is outside of usual school working hours and urgent you should contact the Devon County Council Multi Agency Support Hub (MASH) on 0345 1551071 or 0845 6000 388 or visit the Devon and families Partnership website

Appledore School participates in Operation Encompass, the early reporting on to schools that a child or young person has been exposed to domestic abuse. For more information, please click here


As with all pastoral care issues, we take E-Safety very seriously. Inappropriate use of technology and social media is one of the most important welfare issues our children and young people face.  The children learn E-Safety as part of their computing and PSHE curriculum, involving our progression of E-Safety skills, and through outside organisations such as CEOPs and Childline visiting the school to deliver workshops with the children.  To view policies relating to all aspects of safeguarding, including internet safety and ICT Acceptable Use Agreements please click here and for information on our filtering provided by our IT provider please click here

For very helpful safety guides for many, many programmes and apps please visit National Online Safety website guides section by clicking here.

For advice on setting broadband controls, please click here for a useful guide. If you want to find out more, the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Safety Centre) website , the Think U Know website and Virgin Media are all very useful starting points.  The CEOP video ‘Parents and Carers Guide to the Internet is also very good. For more information on how to keep children safe please visit NSPCC and DSCB 


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