Safeguarding children is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-Agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children (July 2018) as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children's health and development;
  • ensuring that children grow up circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Rye College will ensure that we will safeguard and promote welfare of pupils and work together with other agencies to ensure that our educational establishments have adequate arrangements to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm. We expect all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy’ which can be viewed in the ‘Policies’ section of our website. We are equally committed to promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. In doing so, we provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play a full and active part in society.

Within this page you can also find additional outside agency support for you and your family.  This includes specialist support within school, national support schemes and local support networks. 

Designated Safeguarding Leads 

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads for our school are: 

Miss. J. Carpenter (Deputy Headteacher) 

Mrs. V. Gall (Assistant DSL)

Ms. A. Mills (Assistant DSL)

Mr. D. Downes (Assistant DSL)

Our PREVENT lead is:  

Miss. J. Carpenter (Deputy Headteacher)

Important Documents

Worried about a child who might be at risk of harm?

If you are worried about a young person, in an emergency call 999.

You can continue to raise concerns with the school otherwise contact the local authority’s Single Point of Advice (SPOA):


CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency who helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre for information and advice and make a report to CEOP. Click on the button below to make a report directly to CEOP. 

Online Safety

The coronavirus has increased the amount of online remote study young people are completing. You can continue to report harmful content or anti-social online behaviour to us, or use the following resources:

Child Protection Policy Statement

The Secretary of State for Education directed all schools in England and Wales to close on 23rd March as part of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thereafter, the Department for Education provided guidance on the safeguarding of pupils during the period of school closure. Aquinas and the academy are complying with this guidance as reflected in the addendum to the Trust Safeguarding Policy (the Addendum), which is found on the ‘Policies’ page of the Aquinas website For the period of school closure, the Academy’s Child Protection Policy will be altered as detailed in the Addendum.

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