Safety and Wellbeing
At Thurston Community College we consider safeguarding to be everyone’s responsibility and as such our College aim is to create an environment within which every student has the opportunity to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being.
Through a broad and balanced curriculum (including Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE), assemblies, academic tutoring) we aim to create an atmosphere in which everyone, regardless of race, creed, gender, culture or ability, is aware of their right to be valued, respected, listened to and believed. We wish all students to know that they do not have to accept the actions of others towards them without question and that they are entitled to share their concerns within or outside the College community.
All staff and regular visitors will, through training or induction, know how to recognise a disclosure from a student and will know how to manage this. We will listen. We will not make promises we cannot keep to any student and we will not keep secrets. We will not investigate safeguarding concerns or ask leading questions; but will adopt the appropriate procedures by working in partnership with other agencies, and seek to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and other colleagues. We will develop activities and opportunities within PSHCE and throughout our curriculum that will help to equip our students with the skills they need to stay safe.
If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact any of the Safeguarding Team on 01359 230885.
The College has an area set aside for medical emergencies. In cases of emergency the College will endeavour to get in touch with the parents concerned but, if this is not possible, we will act on the advice of the medical officer consulted.
We do not have a College nurse on site available to assess student health; so please be advised that if your child is unwell, we will contact you. In most circumstances, if a student is well enough to attend College we will assume that they are well enough to participate in all curriculum activities. If your child is unable to meet these expectations, please ensure that a doctor’s note is supplied.
A member of the Nursing Team attends the College every Tuesday; Break 1 for Years 7/8/9 and Break 2 for Years 10/11; for a student drop-in service, which is located in the Student Support Centre. Appointments can also be booked via the students House Team.
PCSO Matthew Smith is available for drop-in sessions every Tuesday (Week 2) during Break 2, he will be located in the Student Support Centre.
The following information is available to support student wellbeing:
- The School Nursing Team presentation
- http://parentinfo.org/- recommended website run by CEOP and Parent Zone, contains a wealth of information
- Child Protection Concerns
- Suffolk Children's Trust Partnership
- Keeping Children Safe in Education
- Keeping up with the kids in the digital age
- Child Sex Abuse through Exploitation
- Support for Children and Families
The behaviour expectations for the College are based on mutual respect in the interests of the wellbeing of all members of the College.