Safeguarding at HWPS

Hester’s Way Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We actively teach the children about safeguarding themselves, within our curriculum.


We have effective policies, procedures and practice in place.


Our school was inspected by Ofsted in November 2021 and it was noted that safeguarding was effective. A Section 175 Safeguarding Audit in October 2019, there were no concerns about safeguarding. This Section 175 visit was undertaken as part of the Traded Services for Safeguarding Children and to ensure that the school is undertaking safeguarding duties in line with Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 and to offer advice and support where required.


Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that may further affect the pupil’s welfare and safety.


A consent sharing form is used, from the Early Help Partnership. All parents are asked about consent on our admissions paperwork. 


Our staff are Child Protection trained. We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. Staff are trained in the Prevent Strategy, as well as Female Genital Mutilation. We understand that in both situations an immediate response to the police is vital. Our staff are also trained in Online or E-Safety. 

We use government documents for safeguarding and follow the Gloucestershire Children’s Safeguarding Partnership (GSCP) protocols. We also use the NSPCC website for safeguarding resources.


Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Kirsti Ashman.

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL): Mel Richards

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL): Sarah Royle

Safeguarding Governor: James Hayden


Parents/Carers should report any safeguarding concerns, including online concerns, to the Designated Safeguarding Lead – Kirsti Ashman (


If the concern is about the Designated Safeguarding Lead, the report should go to the Chair Of Governors – Penny Manual ( or


Please call the school office on 01242 525616, if you need the DSL or Chair of Governors to get in touch with you.