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Victoria School

"Working Together for Success"

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Victoria School

Working Together for Success


Safeguarding and Child Protection

Designated Safeguarding Leaders (DSL)

You can contact a DSL by using the school's phone number, during normal opening hours (8:15am-4:30pm). Alternatively, you can send an email to Kate Thompson (Pastoral Manager) and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. 


If you require a DSL during school holidays and out of term time, then you should send an email to the address above and include 'URGENT' in the subject line. Please note, that it may not be possible to respond on the same day. You can also call one of the DSLs on the phone numbers provided below and we will be able to assist. 


Kate Thompson

Pastoral Manager

(Deputy DSL)

Lucy Guppy

Head of School

(Lead DSL)

Lauren Orchard

Assistant Headteacher

(Deputy DSL)

Gary Coffey

Executive Headteacher

(Deputy DSL)

07899 08065807738 10385707730 20812507875 740897


Summer Holidays 2024

We understand that the 6 week summer break can seem like a long time, without the routine and familiarity of school. We also know that families might have questions, or need some support, with issues that come up over the holiday. 

Therefore, we have a rota of DSLs who will be on call to support, if needed. You can call them on the mobile phone numbers listed above and the DSLs will be available between the dates below:


Week 1Kate22nd July to 26th July
Week 2Gary29th July to 2nd August
Week 3Lucy5th August to 9th August
Week 4Lauren12th August to 16th August
Week 5Kate19th August to 23rd August
Week 6Gary27th August 30th August (*Monday 26th is a Bank Holiday)


The Federation of Cherry Oak and Victoria School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils/students.


We believe that:


  • All children/young people have the right to be protected from harm, abuse and neglect;
  • That every child has the right to an education and children/young people need to be safe and to feel safe in school;
  • Children/young people need support that matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse;
  • All children/young people have the right to express their views, feelings and wishes and voice their own values and beliefs;
  • All children/young people must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other;
  • All children/young people have the right to be supported to meet their emotional, and social needs as well as their educational needs – a happy, healthy, sociable child/young person will achieve better educationally;
  • Schools must contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying (including homophobic, bi-phobic, trans-phobic and cyber-bullying), exploitation, extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviours; and
  • All staff and visitors have an important role to play in safeguarding children and protecting them from abuse.


If you would like to read our full policy, please see our Policies page .

Keeping Children Safe in Education document

Keeping Children Safe Is Everybody’s Business


The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership (BSCP) has launched a public awareness campaign ‘Keeping Children Safe is Everybody’s Business’.


The aim is to raise community awareness of what to do if you are worried about a child and most importantly to encourage members of the public to call Birmingham City Council’s Children’s Advice & Support Service to report their concerns, so action can be taken to safeguard and protect the child.


If you are interested in knowing more about this campaign please visit the BSCB website

Sexualised Behaviour & Harmful Sexualised Behaviour

Information for families


It’s important for everyone to understand what healthy sexual development looks like in children as they grow.


Children’s sexual development is shaped by their environment, experiences and what they see. Children are now more likely to see or come across sexual images and videos at a younger age than their parents would have done. This can be through films, music videos or online.


We've created a helpful presentation for families to read through, which explains more information about this topic and provides useful contact information and reference documents that may support you to consider this more closely. 


As always, please contact a Designated Safeguarding Lead in school if you want to discuss this in more detail.