The school has a K.I.N.D.* team and a culture of safeguarding that facilitates effective arrangements to: identify pupils who may need early help or who are at risk of neglect, abuse, grooming or exploitation; help pupils reduce their risk of harm by securing the support they need, or referring them in a timely way to those who have the expertise to help; and manage safe recruitment and allegations about adults who may be a risk to pupils.
K: Keeping children safe in education; Safeguarding and Welfare Officer, SDL ADL, Online Safety
I: Inclusion; SENDCo, Safeguarding and Welfare Officer, CISS
N: Nurturing; ELSA, Young Carers, Mental Health First Aider, Forest Schools, Breakfast Club
D: Developing positive relationships with families, Safeguarding and Welfare Officer, Sharing Parenting,
Mrs T Wright
Senior Safeguarding and Welfare Officer
I started work at Forest academy in 2000, I stayed for 10 years and then moved to a small local village school. Forest enticed me back in 2019.
I am employed as their lead safeguarding person which involves looking after the wellbeing of all staff and children. As a mum of 5 and a grandparent of 4, I know the importance of keeping children safe and happy. I also lead on attendance and am here to support all families who may have issues with getting their children to school and issues that may affect school attendance.
I am a Mental health first aider and can signpost anyone to additional support if needed.
I work part time but try to be available for a chat and sympathetic ear, biscuits always included.
Mrs S Gough
As a school we endeavour to ensure the voices of all children are heard, no matter how small. Our staff are dedicated to providing high quality education, in a nurturing and inclusive environment. As deputy head, my role is to support the headteacher and I am one of the Deputy DSLs. One of my key roles as part of the K.I.N.D team is to ensure all of our children have a good understanding of online safety and what to do if they have a concern. Online safety is embedded in our Computing Curriculum, but children also have the opportunity to take part in special events throughout the year, such as Safer Internet Day. We also support our families with ever evolving technologies, signposting them to up to date information and resources which will also allow them to effectively support their child.
Mrs M Norton
I am the Key Stage One leader at Forest Academy and I am based in our wonderful Wildflower Building. I support our year 1 and 2 teachers in raising the educational outcomes for all of our children and I am the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. Being a year 1 teacher means that I have had the pleasure of teaching most of the children in our school at some point and so I am a familiar face to all of our pupils who are ever in need of advice and support.
Miss C Edmeades
I have been at Forest Academy for more than 10 years, working as a teacher in all years at some point! I'm probably most remembered for my time as PE Coordinator some years ago. I was supported by Forest to complete my National SENCO award in 2018 and have been working as a full time SENCO across three schools since. I am very passionate in my role, determined that all children at our school experience all that Forest Academy has to offer. I was appointed Inclusion Lead last year, to ensure that any child, regardless of any needs or disability, makes good progress or better. Having lived locally myself, I know the community we serve well and take the time to know every child by name (siblings, cousins and all when you have been here as long as I have!).
Mrs J Noakes
I have been part of the Forest family for 5 years and held my role as school Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) for 4. I previously worked in adult care and have a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy.
I love the ELSA role as I get to help children deal with tricky things that are going on in their lives and give them a safe place to unload their worries. This is done in an age appropriate way and often involves fun activities including puppets, art activities or gardening. I currently work with Years 1 and 2 as due to the success and demand for ELSA, we have grown into a team of 3 to cover the age phases.
Mrs A Grimes
As headteacher, I have an overview of all things 'KIND' in our school. I work with staff, parents and children to ensure everyone is safe.This includes being one of the DSLs and being responsible for Health and Safety. I have been a DSL for many years and it is probably the most important aspect of the headteacher's role. By being in school everyday and getting to know our children and their families, I ensure the ethos and culture of the school promotes a kind, safe environment where everyone takes responsibility for the physical and mental wellbeing of all and the academic attainment of our children. At Forest Academy everyone understands that safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and we have a number of people with key responsibilities that work across the school to provide early help and additional support where needed. The acronym K.I.N.D. covers the vast range of support we provide and encompasses the strong pastoral provision we have built up over time.
Miss H Morley
A sunshine 'Hello' from me - Miss Morley. I am the co-Deputy Headteacher at Forest Academy. I teach mostly in Upper Key Stage Two at School and have taught here for 8 years. My job is to support Mrs Grimes in making our School a place where every child is supported, learning is fun and education is valued; where every child feels safe and happy. I love learning and can often be found on Monster Multiplication practicing my times tables! It is my responsibility within the KIND team to support children by ensuring our MDSAs have high quality training, developing the resources we have in School and ensuring everybody is happy and cared for. When I visit the classrooms I love chatting to all the children and love collecting their ideas about how we can make our School the best it can possibly be. I am a person any child can come to if they have a worry - or if they fancy a jolly good sing-song!
Miss Z Huff
Early Years Lead
Mrs C Bussey
Hi I'm Miss Bussey and I am one of the school's SENDCOs who is based in UKS2 (Year 6). I am dedicated to ensuring that all children have a safe and inclusive school environment where they feel valued and listened to. Make sure to come and find me in Cedar Class to say hi!
Mrs J Davis
I am Mrs Davis and I am one of the school ELSAs. I have worked in both KS1 and KS2 and have 2 daughters of my own. I am passionate about ensuring that all children at Forest Academy feel happy and safe, helping them to build confidence and the skills needed to grow and succeed.
Mrs E Gould
As an ELSA I help children look at different emotions and discuss different methods to help the children cope with the emotions they are feeling. During the sessions I give the children opportunity to share or explore their feelings or discuss why they are feeling the way they do. We can do this by doing art, crafts, exploring nature or by simply talking.
I enjoy my role as an ELSA as it brings me closer to the children.