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Pear Tree Mead Academy

Pear Tree Mead Academy


The Team

· Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Arnould (Assistant Headteacher)

· Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Thurgood (Inclusion Manager)

· Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Peden (Headteacher)

· Safeguarding Governor – Mrs D Smith


Our School Commitment

Pear Tree Mead is committed to providing a safe, supportive and inspiring environment where every child is able to reach their full potential free from harm, abuse and discrimination. Our staff and volunteers recognise their safeguarding responsibilities and effectively support and communicate, ensuring all children, especially those at risk, are able to thrive.

In order to keep our children safe, we have a safer recruitment policy. We ensure that all members of staff are adequately vetted, and volunteers are suitable to work with children. Regular training and updates are completed by leadership, HR and governors to provide a consistent and robust approach. All staff and governors in the school receive annual Safeguarding training and regular updates with the Leads.


PTM Curriculum

Through all areas of the curriculum, we encourage children to think about how to stay safe: At home, crossing the road, out on their own, or on the internet. Regular PHSE lessons, Online safety or RSE topics can provide especially good opportunities for children to discuss these issues.



PTM have an approach that involves good communication with families, schools and other agencies. When families are open and honest with us it means that we can offer the right support to your children.  We endeavour to support children and families by promoting and delivering effective ‘Early Help’. We try and offer support that fits the diverse needs of the PTM families. This may cover areas like bereavement, parenting support, behaviour management and families in conflict. We have an open door and would welcome any PTM families wanting support and guidance.

There may also be times when adults are concerned about children in the community.

If so, then you can contact: –


· Emergency Duty Service (Immediate Out of Hours Response) No: 0345 606 1212 (Mon – Thurs 5.00pm – 8.45am, Fri 4.30pm – Mon 8.45am Inc. Bank holidays)

· Essex Police (999 or 112)


Please don’t ignore concerns; child protection is everyone’s responsibility.


Key safeguarding documents

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023

Working together to safeguard children 


Useful websites

NSPCC - NSPCC | The UK children's charity | NSPCC

Barnardos - Barnardo's | Children's charity | Barnardo's (

Saferinternet - Homepage - UK Safer Internet Centre

Childline - About Childline | Childline

Family lives - Parenting and Family Support - Family Lives (Parentline Plus) | Family Lives