Ponteland High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share and uphold this commitment.

We recognise that all adults in school (including temporary staff, volunteers and governors) have a full and active part to play in both protecting our pupils from harm and showing care and consideration for their welfare. 

Ponteland High School is committed to providing a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment that promotes the social, emotional, physical and moral development of the individual child or young person.

We have a holistic Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures in place. All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) are made aware of these procedures within our staff induction programme. All staff and governors receive annual training in relation to child protection and other issues surrounding safeguarding.

On occasion, we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child or young person’s welfare. Where appropriate, we will discuss our concerns about the pupil  with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child or young person’s welfare.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs L Robinson (Assistant Headteacher) who can be contacted on

If any individual is concerned about a child or young person’s welfare, please do the following:

  1. Record your concerns including any observations or conversation heard
  2. Report your concerns immediately to Mrs L. Robinson (DSL)

Please be assured that we take safeguarding concerns seriously and will respond in line with our published policy and national and local guidance.

Student Support

All students have the right to be treated with courtesy, dignity and respect. All members of our school community have a responsibility to report behaviour that does not meet this standard.

Students are encouraged to speak to their Form Tutor, Pastoral Leader or Pastoral Manager if they have any concerns over their treatment in school. They can also speak to any other member of staff they feel comfortable talking to if they have any worries or concerns about themselves or other people. Alternatively this can be done by emailing

Each of the main social media applications have ‘report abuse’ buttons but you can also contact the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) using the link below.

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)

Much of the work that students will do within school and at home will involve the use of ICT. As such, it is essential that all users (staff and students) follow the guidance as outlined in our ICT Acceptable Use and E-Safety Policy, which is available to view below.