Safeguarding at Ormiston Maritime Academy


Safeguarding is at the forefront of our work at Ormiston Maritime Academy. To ensure our students and staff are kept safe we have a number of policies and procedures in place, which are understood and followed by all staff, governors and volunteers. All policies are available by following the links in the policy section of this website.

Designated Person for Safeguarding & Child Protection

Their key responsibilities include providing information, guidance and support for any staff member, volunteer or student with a safeguarding or child protection concern. All staff receive annual comprehensive child protection and safeguarding training in addition to regular updates throughout the academic year.

Safeguarding is Everyone's Responsibility

‘The principal and governors regard safeguarding as the most important aspect of their work. This is reflected in the strong arrangements for safeguarding and the emphasis put on the regular training for all staff in safeguarding and related matters.’

Ofsted Report - November 2016

Concerned about the safety of a child? If it relates to an Ormiston Maritime Academy student you may wish to contact Mrs Herridge, Assistant Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead (01472) 310015. However, if a child is in immediate danger, please contact:

For support, please contact:

Safeguarding Children & Adults at Ormiston Maritime Academy

All visitors are expected to pre-arrange their visit with the required member of staff at least 24 hours in advance. Unannounced visitors to the Academy will not be seen by any member of staff unless in exceptional circumstances. In the event of you attending a meeting at the Academy you will be required to arrive at the main reception where you will sign in and be required to wear a visitor’s badge. You will be escorted around the Academy at all times by a member of staff.

We are committed to ensuring that all students remain safe and have equal opportunity to develop and thrive throughout their time with us.

We expect high standards of behaviour in and outside of the academy at all times. Poor behaviour will not be tolerated as it disrupts learning and undermines what we aim to achieve as a school. Our behaviour and discipline policy is reviewed annually and clearly outlines the sanctions we will apply when responding to poor behaviour.

In consultation with students and staff, we have recently reviewed our code of conduct to clearly and simply outline our expectations of behaviour in lessons and the wider community. Our code of conduct and behaviour and discipline policy are available on this website.

Please be aware, in accordance with government legislation “Searching, screening and confiscation” February 2014, and in response to the tragic incident at Cults Academy, Aberdeen we have made the decision to review our approach to searching, screening and confiscation. We will action a search where there is reasonable grounds for suspecting that a student has a weapon, prohibited item, or an item likely to cause danger or disruption. This will include regular and random searches throughout the academic year.

Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts an individual or group either physically or emotionally. Bullying can take many forms (e.g. cyber-bullying via text messages or the internet), and is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups, for example on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or because a child is adopted or has caring responsibilities. Bullying, in any form, is a safeguarding issue and will not be tolerated at a Ormiston Maritime Academy.

Our anti-bullying policy written by staff, parents and pupils can be found in the left-hand side menu (or the above menu if you’re viewing this page on a mobile device) along with our anti-bullying charter. We are committed to eradicating bullying at Ormiston Maritime Academy and will respond effectively to all instances of bullying and discrimination.

We have several fully trained first aid staff who deal with accidents should they occur. There is also a named governor responsible for health and safety. We provide information, advice and guidance to our students through assemblies, form tutor time, displays and clear instructional signs around the academy.

Healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught as part of our curriculum offer to all students. These areas of life skill development are also brought to life by the many educational visits we undertake and professionals we invite into school e.g. police officers who work with students on road safety, safeguarding and drugs awareness.

We are very concerned about the number of students who are bringing high energy drinks, such as LSV, Boost or Lucozade into the academy, in view of the adverse effects that these can have on children and young people. Common ingredients used in energy drinks include high levels of caffeine together with other ingredients that have been associated with adverse effects if consumed in large doses, e.g. nervousness and anxiety, stomach upsets, seizures, rapid heartbeat and altered blood pressure. The effect that these drinks can have on children’s behaviour for learning if they are drinking them during the academy day can also be significant. Energy drinks are not allowed to be brought into the Academy and will be confiscated if they are found to be in a student’s possession.  We would also ask parents to ensure that students do not drink such drinks before school. 

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