Wellbeing & Safeguarding

It is the primary responsibility of the school to ensure systems are in place to promote and support the health and wellbeing of students when at school or involved in school activities.

It is the primary responsibility of the school to ensure systems are in place to promote and support the health and wellbeing of students when at school or involved in school activities.

Learning and wellbeing are inextricably linked – students learn best when their wellbeing is optimised, and they develop a strong sense of wellbeing when they experience success in learning.

This wellbeing framework supports St John’s School in creating positive school cultures and embedding student wellbeing in all aspects of school life through connecting the learning environment, curriculum and pedagogy, policies, procedures and partnerships for learning and life.
St John’s School always demonstrates an explicit commitment to wellbeing and to communicate this commitment to the school community.


Safeguarding children is intrinsic to all we do at St John’s School. It en-compasses all areas of the curriculum, attendance, educational visits and child protection issues. All staff receives in-house Level 1 training when they join the school and within one term they need to successfully complete Level 2 training, which is delivered by Pupil and Family Services Senior Educational Social Worker. Staff are kept updated by regular safeguarding updates and specific training in current trends. Staff are very aware of current issues such as online radicalisation and FGM,  and importantly, how to respond should there be any concerns regarding safeguarding. The school uses the MyConern software to streamline the reporting and recording of any incidents. The school nominates a Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding and both her and her deputy are trained to Level 3 standard. Details for these are:

Emma Bryson Designated Senior Person
holden Andrew Holden Deputy Designated Senior Person

The Curriculum

The curriculum at St John’s School enables all students to explore themes around health and wellbeing. All subjects offer opportunities to promote health and wellbeing and it is explicitly covered in many of the themes studied in SMSC. This means that students fully understand the importance of health and wellbeing and are equipped to make choices that will help positively affect it.

A varied theme of physical activity is available both within the curriculum and as extra-curricular activities that help promote physical well-being. These are very well attended and accessible to students of all abilities.

Pastoral System

The school has a strong team of tutors with each year group / key stage headed up by a strong pastoral leader. Tutors provide the first point of contact for any student who may be experiencing any difficulty. Tutors have a mentoring role and this offers students an extra opportunity to discuss any issues they may have. Should an issue not be able to be resolved by the tutors they will be able to signpost any pupil to the relevant agency to ensure that they receive timely and appropriate support.

Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions

St John’s School follows the SCE policy directive on caring for any pupil with a medical condition. Should it be deemed necessary this may lead to the formulation of an Individualised Health Care Plan in conjunction with parents, pupil and school nurse. Should this require school to store medicine that may be needed in an emergency situation then it will be stored and administered under the guidelines set out in the SCE policy. The school has a number of staff who are trained in First Aid and this is in line with the school’s First Aid policy. This should ensure that students with medical conditions are able to follow a full curriculum as far as is practicable.

ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

Should a student be experiencing a particular issue then it may be appropriate to receive Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) support. ELSA can assist with a range of issues from managing emotions to assistance with forming and maintaining positive relationships. Many LSAs are ELSA trained in addition to the SENCO. Should you feel your child would benefit from this service then please contact the SENCO.

Highly Trained Staff

All St John’s School staff are regularly briefed on the latest trends regarding safeguarding and well being. Staff complete a range of mandatory training to ensure that they are able to recognise any difficulty a student may be experiencing and be able to support pupils or signpost effectively to ensure that students are cared for, protected and able to make informed decisions.

External Agency Support

The school has a number of external agencies attached that are available to support pupils in a number of ways that can help health and well-being. These can be used to primarily affect academic performance or positively impact on health and wellbeing more directly. The agencies can be deployed to work with an individual or with families to help support pupils. These professionals include:

Designated Senior Person: Emma Bryson – 25963234
Deputy Designated Senior Person: Andrew Holden – 25968036
Deputy Headteacher: Alex Kerr – 25968015
School Nurse – 25968065
British Forces Social Work Service (BFSWS)/ Immediate concerns – 25963609
Senior Educational Psychologist: Sophie Nicolaysen – 25963208
Senior Educational Social Worker/ Early Help/ TAF: Jackie Raymond – 25962016
Area Chief Education Officer/ Allegations against staff: Nicola Goulding – 25962888
Speech and Language Therapist – 24744453
CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)

Schools are able to make referrals to all of these services or signpost students/parents of the route to refer.


Should any further information be required on any of the issues raised above then please do not hesitate to contact Emma Bryson, Headteacher on 25963234.

Useful websites:

https://safeguarding.thekeysupport.com/preventing-radicalisation/ The Prevent Duty guidance and link to online training

www.fgmelearning.co.uk FGM guidance and link to training

www.eif.org.uk Early Intervention Foundation

www.signsofsafety.net Signs of Safety

www.nspcc.org.uk NSPCC

www.change4life.co.uk for healthy eating

www.youngminds.org.uk for mental health

www.fpa.org.uk for sexual health and contraception

www.nhs.uk for smoking cessation advice