At Chesterton Community College, safeguarding our students is central to everything that we do, and we fully recognise our responsibility under section 157 of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Key information

We aim to establish and maintain an ethos where pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe.  We regularly evaluate our approaches to safeguarding and staff receive training every half term on both local and national issues. Our full policy is available here.

The school has a team of staff who are all trained to the same level of Designated Safeguarding Leads, as well as a safeguarding governor responsible for monitoring provision. You can see who they are below.

  • The named Designated Safeguarding Lead for Chesterton Community College is Colleen Lehane, Deputy Headteacher, who has oversight of all safeguarding at the College.

We work closely with local partners at Children’s Services and in the police. 

At Chesterton Community College we take every report of child-on-child abuse seriously and have implemented a process whereby we can ensure that all incidents are acted upon alongside a zero-tolerance approach. All staff are trained to identify, react, and report any incidences of child-on child abuse to the DSLs in school. All incidents are dealt with as both safeguarding and behaviour concerns. 

If you would like to report any concerns you have with the welfare or safety of one of our students, please do get in touch by clicking the button below.

Safeguarding Team

Colleen Lehane

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Rolf Purvis

Executive Headteacher

Jake Lawrence


Catherine Goldhawk

Safeguarding Officer

Ed Bowles

Director of Sixth Form

Sophie Hawkins

Assistant Headteacher

Keith Hicks

Deputy Headteacher

James Mepham

Director of Sixth Form

Peter Watts

Peter Watts

Director of Coaching

Ryan Kelsall

Trust Safeguarding Lead

Renee Etienne

Safeguarding Link Governor

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