Safeguarding Statement

The Orchard Learning Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people within its family of schools. We provide an inclusive and caring environment in which our children and young people can develop their academic, social, and emotional potential. Every adult is expected to play their part in safeguarding.

Each school within the Orchard Learning Alliance has its own Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and follow the procedures as set out in the policies if there are concerns regarding a child or young person.   All staff within the Trust complete relevant training to keep up to date with their knowledge, understanding and further developing a culture of safeguarding in our schools.

The Trust supports each school in the following way:
  • Keeping schools up to date with any annual key changes in Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE)
  • Undertaking annual reviews to scrutinise safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Providing joint training opportunities
  • Local Governing Body and DSL networks
  • Providing centralised advice and guidance

All vetting procedures are in place and recorded on the school’s single central record before adults are allowed to commence work with children and young people in our schools.

Reporting concerns

Please refer to school policies for information regarding how to contact Designated Safeguarding Leaders (DSLs) concerning safeguarding and child protection matters.

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Ms Nikki Street, Deputy Headteacher at Waingels

Lead Safeguarding Trustee

Mrs Caroline Norris, also co-Vice Chair of Trustees.

Trustees receive annual training and are responsible for working with the executive team overseeing safeguarding across all trust schools.

Other Points of Contact

Wokingham Local Authority Designated Officer

LADO 01189746141

Wokingham 0118 9088002

Reading Local Authority Designated Officer

LADO 0118 9372684

NSPCC 0808 800 5000

Thames Valley Police non-emergency telephone number: 101

Call 999 in an emergency if you believe a child is in immediate danger.


Safeguarding at Our Schools