Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all our pupils is of paramount importance to all staff at St Matthew Academy and we are committed to promoting the highest possible standards of care across all phases. We have an experienced and dedicated Safeguarding team that works closely with a multitude of external agencies to ensure every pupil and family gets the support they need. 

All staff work hard to create an environment where pupils are safe, happy and supported. To  allow our pupils to flourish staff receive regular Safeguarding and child protection training.

Our Designated Safeguarding leads are:

Academy Lead - Alister Young  (Deputy Head)

Secondary  - Simbi Wickcliffe (Assistant Head) 

Primary Lead - Joanna Chick (Head of Primary Phase)

Safeguarding Governor - Joan Forrest (Governor)

Debbie Laker - Child Protection and SEND Administrator 

E- Safety 

We recognise the importance of ensuring our pupils understand how to behave appropriately and safely online.  Through our assemblies and  PSHE programme we work hard to educate pupils on the dangers and pitfalls of the Internet and social media.  In school we employ software that monitors pupil online behaviour and will pick up any inappropriate keystrokes, searches or messages so that any concerns can be dealt with swiftly. 

It is important that the approach to e-safety is a partnership between the Academy and home.  We work to both support and educate parents ensuring  online behaviour outside the Academy does not impact on behaviour and learning within it.