If you have any concerns about the safety and well-being of a child or any safeguarding issues that you would like to discuss, please contact the following people:

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Clare Bedford (Assistant Headteacher and Inclusion Lead) 

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Andy Smith (Headteacher) 

Other Staff trained to an appropriate level in Safeguarding are:

Ruth Dixon (Pastoral Lead)

Ben Geale (Pastoral Lead) 

Kirsty Brett (Business Manager)

Keeping children safe

The safety of  children at Hayward’s is of paramount importance to us. We are committed to ensuring that all members of our school community will thrive in a safe and happy learning environment.

Keeping your child safe means:

  • The health and safety of all children
  • Making sure that the adults who work here have undergone safety and security checks
  • Protecting children from deliberate harm
  • Being an anti-bullying school
  • Being proactive against racist behaviour
  • Being proactive against  attempts to indoctrinate children in to any form of extremism
  • Protecting our children from harassment and discrimination
  • A positive approach to behaviour management including the safe use of physical intervention, when necessary
  • Meeting the needs of children with medical conditions
  • Providing first aid
  • Protecting children from drug and substance abuse
  • Children enjoying safe educational visits
  • Caring for children’s personal needs
  • Keeping children safe when using the internet and making sure they are aware of cyber bullying.
  • Making sure our school is secure and safe
  • Being a ‘listening school’.
  • Ensuring they know who to go in school if they have a problem

Hayward’s has a designated child protection officer (Mrs Clare Bedford) and a deputy (Mr Andy Smith). They are both fully trained in current child protection practices and are responsible for child protection throughout the school. We also have three other members of staff trained to level 3 in safeguarding; Mrs Dixon (pastoral lead and former safeguarding lead), Mrs Brett (our business manager) and Mr Geale (pastoral lead).

Our school environment is regularly monitored to ensure the right balance between managed risk and safety. Through our PSHE programme, we teach the children about safety and how to recognise the “danger-signs” of feeling unsafe. We make sure that all children know and can talk about the people in school they can turn to if they feel unsafe. Our key policies can be downloaded below:

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For Early Help, Consultation and Enquiries please contact:

Telephone:  0345 155 1071
Fax: 01392 448951

Enquiry Form available at:

Post: Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, P.O. Box 723, Exeter EX1 9QS

Emergency Duty Team – out of hours 0845 6000 388

Operation Encompass

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We are committed to a project that will run jointly between schools and Devon and Cornwall Police.
Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, of a child or young person having been been exposed to, or involved in, any domestic incident.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in, or exposed to, a domestic abuse incident.
We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

Useful Safeguarding Links

Devon Safeguarding

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