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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 Careers 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 wish to report a concern of a child at risk of harm, abuse or neglect, you can contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mick Harkin, or any of our alternative DSLs on 01359 230885.

In case of an emergency outside of College hours (08:00 - 17:15), you can phone one of our staff on 07515 190335.

Alternatively, you can call one of the following:

  • Customer First on 0808 800 4005
  • The Police on 999
  • The NSPCC child protection helpline on 0808 800 5000

You can also find information and guidance on the Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board website at http://suffolkscb.org.uk/.

If you are struggling as a family and it concerns at least one of your children attending the College, then you may wish to complete a common assessment framework with your Assistant Principal House Leader.  This process will help you work with people such as teachers, health staff and other lead professionals to gather, understand and share information about what is happening in your family's life and what solutions can be determined for you and your child(ren).  More information about this process can be found at https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/common-assessment-framework-caf/common-assessment-framework-caf-information-for-families/#tab1


Mick HarkinMick Harkin
Designated Senior Lead (DSL) (Student Support Manager)



Mr Stefan Stoneman - Alternative DSL

Stefan Stoneman
Alternative DSL (Assistant Principal)



Alex Baker  Additional Alternative DSL (Assistant Principal House Leader - Rendell House)

Alex Baker

Additional Alternative DSL (Assistant Principal House Leader - Rendell House)



Additional Alternative Designated ProfessionalPippa Cooper

Additional Alternative DSL (Head of Year 13)




Additional Alternative Designated ProfessionalSarah Dunsdon

Additional Alternative DSL (Assistant Principal House Leader - Wolsey House)



Additional Alternative Designated ProfessionalWinston Ewers

Additional Alternative DSL (Assistant Principal House Leader - Anderson House)



Additional Alternative Designated ProfessionalRebecca Harper

Additional Alternative DSL (Assistant Principal House Leader - Gainsborough House)



Mr Paul PotterMr Paul Potter

Additional Alternative DSL (Vice Principal, Head of Sixth Form)




Angela Branfield  Designated Governor for Safeguarding

Angela Branfield
Designated Governor for Safeguarding



Local Authority Safeguarding (Western Area) - Tel: 0808 800 4005