Heyford Park Free School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We strive to ensure that consistent and effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, students and staff at school.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Vicky Wallington, Associate Principal. Other staff trained in child protection are Karen Healey, Principal, Rebecca Hughes, Head of Primary, and Rob Marchant, Deputy Head of Primary.
Heyford Park Free School has policies and procedures in place to deal effectively with child protection and safeguarding issues, which include tackling radicalisation and extremism, together with recording and monitoring processes.

To promote a safe environment for students, Heyford Park Free School employs a strict selection and recruitment policy which includes all statutory checks on staff and regular volunteers including Enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) checks.
All staff are trained to a level appropriate to their safeguarding responsibilities ranging from basic awareness for all, to Level 2 for key staff. Other safeguarding training is attended by relevant staff and governors. The training is monitored and comprehensive records kept by the DSL.
All concerns are passed through members of staff who are trained as ‘Designated Child Protection Officers’ in school in compliance with the HM ‘sharing of information’ guidance March 2015. Staff are required to report any causes of concern to the school safeguarding team. Referrals are logged and monitored to make sure that they are followed up appropriately.

Student attendance is monitored closely and concerns shared as appropriate with parents/carers, Oxfordshire county council, Social Care and the school Safeguarding team. Heyford Park Free School works effectively with other agencies and parents/carers when necessary to safeguard young people.

If you have any serious concerns about your child, another student or a member of staff at Heyford Park Free School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who will be able to provide you with the best advice and help using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.
We work very closely with Oxfordshire Safeguarding Board, and report all serious concerns to the MASH. (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub).

Heyford Park Free School Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Vicky Wallington – Associate Principal – Student Welfare 01869 232203 – Ext 307
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads – Sallie Cliff, SENDCo and Inclusion lead, Rob Marchant – Deputy Head of Primary, 01869 232203
EYFS Designated Safeguarding Lead: Anna Crannidge, 01869 232203
Sixth Form Safeguarding lead: Sarah Heywood, 01869 232203
Principal: Karen Healey, 01869 232203
Head of Primary: Rebecca Hughes, 01869 23220