We are a Catholic community, committed in our Mission Statement to the vision of the School as a spiritual building whose cornerstone is Christ and whose foundations are the Apostles and Prophets. It follows that our community must be one of love, all of whose members honour the Christ they find in one another. Each person in the School, no matter what his or her worldly status, deserves to be treated with the respect and, indeed, reverence due to one created in the image of God and redeemed by the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.
It is thus the responsibility of all members of the School, pupils, parents and teachers, to take swift and appropriate action when relationships in our community conspicuously fail to reflect these ideals. The following policy is commended as a series of concrete courses of actions to assist in this endeavour.
Other Policies, Plans & Documents
School Visitor Guidance (incl. COVID-19 restrictions)
We are currently only allowing essential visitors to the school - if your visit is essential, then please ensure that you read our COVID-19 Visitor Guidance sheet, available below.
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Lead Director Safeguarding
Mental Health Lead
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
Bi-Borough Prevent Education Officer
Please feel free to raise any concerns directly with the named individuals at the School via the main switchboard: 0207 603 8478. If a member of staff is unavailable to speak to you at the time, please leave a contact number on which you may be reached.
The issue of safeguarding our young people is one which the School has always taken extremely seriously. Indeed, it is always a key item on the first Staff Professional Development Day of each academic year.
The following notes are based upon the statutory guidance for schools and colleges - Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2021)
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:
· protecting children from maltreatment;
· preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
· ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
· taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Should a child suffer significant harm, or be likely to do so, the School will do all it can to take action to protect him or her. Action will also be taken to promote the welfare of a child in need of additional support, even if he or she is not suffering harm or at immediate risk.
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm, but also includes the
- Pupils’ health and safety
- Meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
- Bullying (including cyberbullying)
- Peer-on-peer abuse
- Sexual harassment and violence
- Providing first aid
- Children missing education
- Fabricated or induced illness
- Child missing from home or care
- Drug and substance misuse
- Child sexual exploitation (CSE)
- Educational visits
- Domestic violence
- Intimate care
- Female genital mutilation (FGM)
- Internet safety
- Forced marriage
- School security
- Gangs and youth violence
- Faith abuse
- Gender based violence
- Fabricated or induced illness
- Racist abuse
- Mental health
- Harassment and discrimination
- Use of physical intervention
- Private fostering
- Extremism & radicalisation
- Youth produced sexual imagery (sexting)
Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children; school staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, thereby preventing concerns from escalating.
If any parent has any concerns about any of these areas, please feel free to raise such matters with either the named member of staff or with me directly.
Inspection Reports: OFSTED & Section 48
The School’s most recent OFSTED inspection took place in 2006:
The school is the most marvellous community with a serious sense of purpose... we are incredibly privileged to have our children at this school. This is an outstanding school of which pupils, parents, staff and governors are rightly proud. Parents are extremely positive about the quality of education and the pastoral care provided. Since its last inspection four years ago, the school has sustained the high quality of education it offers to pupils. The Headmaster, ably assisted by his leadership team, middle managers and governors, provides outstanding leadership and a clear vision for the future. 'Enjoy and achieve' is at the heart of the school's aims for pupils, and they do. The boys enter the school with high levels of attainment in English and mathematics, and continue to achieve extremely well as they move through the school because teaching and the curriculum are outstanding.
The School’s most recent Diocesan Section 48 inspection took place in 2018:
The experience of Catholic worship for pupils at Cardinal Vaughan is outstanding. The liturgical year, with its cycle of scripture readings and themes, serves as the foundation of the extensive opportunities for prayer and reflection. The school wholeheartedly believes the celebration of the Eucharist to be at the heart of the Catholic life of the school. Mass is celebrated twice each week and the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Benediction also take place weekly. Assemblies and other acts of worship take place on a daily basis…… Pupils leave the school with an extensive knowledge of and deep appreciation for Catholic worship.
We endeavour to provide the best education for all our pupils in an open and transparent environment. We welcome feedback from parents, pupils and other members of the school community and accept that sometimes not all of this will be positive. Where concerns are raised we intend to address these fairly, openly promptly and without prejudice.
What to do if you have a concern about the school
Most concerns or questions can be resolved quickly and informally if they are raised straightaway. If you have a concern, please raise it informally with the appropriate member of staff who will be happy to talk to you and seek to establish a solution. In most cases, the opportunity for discussion, explanation or further information will resolve the issue.
Sometimes, however, a concern will be too serious to be handled in this way. It may need greater investigation or the person involved may not feel that the answers they have received so far have been acceptable or adequate. In such circumstances, the concern will become a complaint and our formal complaints procedure should be used. Please use the link below to download the Complaints Procedure.
Please do not air any grievances or concerns on social media sites or online, as this is potentially damaging to the school and to pupils. It may also inadvertently prejudice the ability of staff or governors to act impartially should there be a need to investigate matters further.
Which procedure do I need?
There are special arrangements in law for certain concerns and these have their own policies and procedures as follows:
• Pupil admissions – please see our Admission Policy on the admissions page
• Pupil exclusions – please see our Behaviour and Pupil Well-Being Policy in the School Policies document available via the About Us link
• Staff grievance, capability or disciplinary – these are covered by the policies for each of these areas, available from the Bursar
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