At The Ferns Primary Academy, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority.  We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.  Volunteers are asked to sign to confirm that they will adhere to our safeguarding principles and understand how to report safeguarding concerns.

All staff and governors undertake regular safeguarding staff training and we follow safer recruitment processes to strictly vet all staff, governors and volunteers.

We recognise that some children may be the victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse and all staff undertake regular training so that they are able to recognise signs of abuse.  Academy staff will often, by virtue of their day-to-day contact and knowledge of the children, be well-placed to identify such abuse and abuse and offer support to children in need.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Edward Gittins (Academy Head)

Our Deputy DSLs are:

Kate Beer (Inclusion Welfare Officer)

Nick Blake (Pastoral Lead)

Katie Ayre (Inclusion Lead)

Zoe Baxter (Thrive Practitioner)

To contact the DSL team, please email:

Governor responsible for safeguarding: Sarah Hughes

Contact: 01252 548390 or

Our Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy can be found here.

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