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Discovery Academy

MacIntyre Academies


Discovery Academy takes seriously our statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within the schools to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.

MacIntyre Academies Trust is committed to providing the highest standard of education for all students based on equality of access and opportunity. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of our approach as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
  • and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

The Trust believes that all young people:

  • have the right to be protected from harm and / or abuse;
  • have the opportunity to develop fully;
  • have their basic needs met.

All staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. We provide appropriate training to ensure that all staff are able to carry out this essential duty.

Our full Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded from our policy page here

General responsibilities for Safeguarding

  • The Principal of Discovery Academy Emily Hopkins-Hayes has overall responsibility for safeguarding and she is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL, including overall responsibility for Looked After Children)
  • Lorraine Nicholls is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
  • Tony Leigh, Lauren Ault,  Jake Saville, Matt Clark, Jinny Cumiskey and Chris Harlan-Marks are the Assistant DSL (ADSL).
  • The Local Advisory Board has a Named Lead for Safeguarding.
  • MacIntyre Academies Trust Board is responsible for Safeguarding procedures and practices. The Trust Board has a nominated Trustee who acts as the nominated Safeguarding Trustee.

Further Information for Parents and Carers