“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 initating or taking  appropraite action
  • contributing to effective partnerships between all relevant safeguarding services

For more information, please see the safeguarding policy in Parrents/Policies

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

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead – Jeremy Cooper, Headteacher
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Julie McMorine, Deputy Headteacher
  • Designated Domestic Abuse Lead – Sarah Rushworth
  • 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 1551077. For more information regarding MASH you can also visit 


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 Childine visiting the school to deliver workshops with the children.

If you want to find out more, the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Safety Centre) website and the Think U Know website are both very useful starting points.  The CEOP video ‘Parents and Carers Guide to the Internet is also very good. Below are some guides you might fnd useful.

For advice regarding your child playing Minecraft please click here to access materials on the NSPCC website.  

For more information on how to keep children safe please visit NSPCC and DSCB

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


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