At Our Lady of Sion, safeguarding is of paramount importance. We work tirelessly to ensure our students are safe, happy and supported in fulfilling their potential. We are fully committed to safeguarding both our pupils and our staff. We take notice of, and adhere to, all national and local policies and guidance in regard to Safeguarding Children and Young People.
Safeguarding is summarised as:
- protecting children from harm
- preventing damage to children’s health or development
- making sure that children grow up safely, and
- taking action to make sure all children have the best start in life.
Should you have a concern regarding the safety or wellbeing of any child, please report this to the child’s Form Tutor or to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Who are our Designated Safeguarding Leads?
Mr. Steven Jeffery
Miss. Helen Davis
Mr. Anthony Faulkner
Assistant Head and Head of Pastoral Care
What do do, if you are worried about a child’s safety…
The West Sussex Integrated Front Door (IFD): 01403 229900 or WSChildrenservices@westsussex.gov.uk
NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000 or www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/
Got something you need to talk about?
Are you worried that something in your life just doesn’t feel right? ‘IS THIS OK’ is here to help.
(Free texting service available) www.isthisok.org.uk
If you think a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.
Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy
Pastoral Care & Wellbeing
Our dedication to this area has been recognised with the national ISA (Independent Schools Association) Award in Mental Health and Well-being.
Pastoral care is a key part of life at Sion as we know a student must feel happy and supported to be able to learn. Sion is a small community which enables teaching staff to know and nurture each individual student. Sion Education is all about the child – the individual person. This is our focus and is essential to the positive relationships and holistic growth of our young people, from our Nursery right through to our Sixth Form.
Every student benefits from this inclusive community; where they are known and nurtured. Students are mentored to achieve their goals and ambitions. Well-being is a vital and important part of our students welfare. To be able to be ourselves matters and this is essential to the positive culture of our school and the mental well-being of everyone.
Although the focus is upon the individual person, we recognise that we are a diverse community where everyone plays an important part in contributing their positive impact upon our Sion culture. Through becoming the best version of ourselves, we build a united school family, where such a culture results in extraordinary outcomes.
A school plays an important role in ensuring that children can navigate the ever-evolving landscape of life. Knowing how to face challenges in the academic arena, as well as learning skills which prepare them for adult life is crucial to the learning experience here. Emotional intelligence, mental resilience, self-awareness and self-respect is explored and developed here in school. Developing our young people (in partnership with parents and the extended family) to be positive, kind, generous and warmhearted contributors to society and even the world is the outcome of fully understanding our motto – Consideration Always.
A well-being programme is in place to guide students in Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PHSEE) and is delivered across all year groups. Within that programme, a range of up-to-date and current topics are covered as well as self-esteem, rights and responsibilities, personal relationships and money matters.