The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


We work in partnership with parents and external agencies to ensure that the students achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution to both their learning and wider community.

On rare occasions we may have concerns about a student and this may mean that we have to consult with external agencies.  We follow the Department of Education Safeguarding guidance and work within their framework and good practice guidelines.

Key Staff

If you have a concern about a child in school please report it to the key staff below or clicking on the ‘Report’ button:

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Matt Clinkard

Matt Clinkard, Acting Vice Principal

Gemma Glentworth

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Gemma Glentworth, Key Stage 3 Coordinator

Hettie McDermott

Additional trained staff:

Hettie McDermott, SENCO                                   


If you are concerned that a child may be at risk or that you are struggling looking after your child please phone Somerset Direct, 0300 123 2224, who will be able to talk through your concerns with you.

The Somerset Local Safeguarding Children Board website has useful information for children and young people, parents and carers, and anyone working with children.

Department of Education Publications

Local Safeguarding Children Board

Please click here to access the Somerset Local Safeguarding Children Board (SCB) website.

Vodafone Digital Parenting Guide

Please click on the links below to download the Vodafone Digital Parenting Guides and Parents Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation.  All these documents contain useful guidelines for parents however they are not endorsed by Stanchester Academy.

Other Useful Publications

Safeguarding on FaceBook

In April of 2014, the Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre Jim Gamble, met with representatives of Facebook to raise concerns about the safety of many of their young users and to highlight the lack of reports to UK police from the Facebook environment.

This position was supported by senior colleagues across UK policing, many of whom put their name to a letter from ACPO calling on Facebook to place the 'ClickCEOP' button on the profile page of all its users. This step would undoubtedly make Facebook a safer environment by enabling children to access help and advice about online safety and to make a report directly to CEOP if necessary.

While Facebook were initially unwilling to embed the 'ClickCEOP' button in the site, CEOP and Facebook have now developed an application which will enable users to download the button and place it within their profiles. While this stops short of the original request for the button to appear automatically within all user profiles, it nonetheless has the potential to make young people safer in this environment.

Everyone with Facebook pages and profiles are encouraged to add the ClickCEOP app to their profiles – visit to do this. This app will give Facebook users direct access to advice and guidance should they ever need it, as well as a link to report concerns directly to CEOP. The app is now live in the Facebook environment.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with the CEOP Corporate Communications Team on 0870 000 3434 or email


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