Safeguarding is central to the work of CORE Education Trust and City Academy, underpinning our CORE values of Collaboration, Opportunity, Respect and Excellence. We will commit to beyond statutory safeguarding standards in our School. We expect all our staff to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed below. All our other Trust Policies can be viewed on our Policies page.

CORE Education Trust recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all its students by protecting them from emotional, sexual or physical harm and from neglect or bullying. We acknowledge that child abuse can be a very emotive and difficult subject. It is important to understand the feelings involved but not to allow them to interfere with judgement about the action to be taken.

We believe that the student’s welfare is always of paramount concern and that all students have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious belief or sexual identity. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately in accordance with our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

All staff are trained regularly on Child Protection Procedures. All applicants for employment at CORE Education Trust and our schools will be fully vetted in accordance with DfE Guidelines Safeguarding Children: Safer Recruitment and Selection in Education Settings.

You can email the Student Welfare team:

[email protected]

Mr O’Brien (DSL) & Miss Hyde (DDSL)​
Mrs Patel, Mr Robinson & Miss Lewis (DDSL)

Your email will only go to the staff in this team.

The emails are checked between 9:00am and 3:30pm weekdays during Term Time.

You can also speak to the team on 0121 729 7160 during normal school hours.

Designated Safeguarding Leads at School

Mr T O’Brien – Assistant Headteacher, Lead DSL.
Mrs S Hyde – Welfare Manager, Deputy DSL

Mrs R Shell-Macleod – Head of School
Miss P Lewis – Assistant Headteacher

Mrs G Patel – SEN CO
Mr W Robinson – Director of Learning

Safeguarding Policies

Advice and Guidance Links for Young People and Parents/Carers