All adults who come into contact with our students in their work have a statutory duty of care to safeguard and promote their welfare. The academy provides guidance which applies to all adults, including volunteers working in or on behalf of the academy.

Safeguarding children goes much wider than simply protecting them from neglect and abuse. It is also about keeping them safe from accidents, crime, bullying and actively promoting their welfare in a healthy and safe environment.

The academy’s Designated Safeguarding Lead [DSL] is:

  • Clare Borrill                (Principal)                            

Supported by:

  • Rose Ferguson      (Student Wellbeing Manager)
  • Lisa Rixon   (Behaviour Programmes Coordinator)
  • Robert Winter       (Year 11 Lead)
  • Linda Buchan       (Behaviour Consultant)
  • Joy Sivaj  (Safer Schools Officer)
  • Nicola Webb      (Renaissance Admin Support)
  • Amelia Aiken    (Assistant Vice Principal)

Safeguarding Summary

Safeguarding Policy September 2018

Safer Working Practices


eSafety Newsletter for Parents


Renaissance (noun);    
a revival or renewed interest (Oxford Dictionary)

Inclusion - making sure our academy inspires and supports all students - is something that we take especially seriously.

Our inclusion team is known as the Renaissance Learning Centre and it is our responsibility to ensure that all possible barriers to learning for our students are removed in order for them to excel.

Renaissance is led by Miss Aiken and is overseen by Mr Evans (Assistant Vice Principal). The governor with particular responsibility for inclusion is Ms Spanton-Walker. We have a team of over 30 staff working in different roles throughout the academy to support our students and we also work in strong partnership with many external organisations and professionals. We benefit from dedicated and high quality facilities, including our specially built Renaissance Centre which houses much of our specialist work with students.

We are extremely proud of being awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Gold in 2013 for outstanding inclusive practice - this award follows a rigorous two day inspection process which took and in-depth look at our inclusion work here at the academy. We were first awarded the IQM in 2010 and are very proud to have our on-going commitment to excellence in inclusion recognised formally for a second time.

One comment from our inclusion report that summarises much of what we are trying to achieve:

It was clear from the outset that the school was very much focused on inclusion and the students, in particular, were at the centre of everything...

IQM Report, 2013

The work of Renaissance is shared between specialist teams. Each team has a different focus in removing specific barriers to learning faced by our students - please explore the drop down links in this section to get a flavour of the work these teams do and how we may help to support your child whilst they study with us.


Annual SEN Information report 2017-2018