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Safeguarding, mental health and wellbeing  


At Herschel Grammar school, the safety and wellbeing of all pupils is of the utmost importance.

No child should suffer harm, either at home or at school. Everyone who works at Herschel Grammar School has a responsibility to make sure that all our young people are safe.

What do we mean by safeguarding?

Safeguarding is defined as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health and development
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

If you have concerns about a child’s safety or wellbeing you should contact a member of the safeguarding team.

The safeguarding team for 2021-22 is: 

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Katrina Rodriguez
Deputy Safeguarding leads:  Mrs Catherine Sharpe
  Mr Chris O’Donnell
  Ms Jo Rockall


To contact a member of the Safeguarding team in an emergency, please call the school Reception on 01753 520950.

Worried about a child out of school hours?

If you have a serious concern for the immediate safety or well-being of a student out of school hours (including evenings, weekends and school holidays) please contact Slough Social Care out of hours service on 01344 786543.

If you are not a Slough resident, please check your local Social Care services for contact details.

If you think your concern relates to a crime, Thames Valley Police can be contacted on 101 or 999.

A copy of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found at the bottom of this webpage.

The safeguarding principles adhered to by the school are compliant with the statutory guidance provided in the document Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021

Mental health, wellbeing and support

Supporting pupils’ mental health and development is an important element of safeguarding. This page will be updated regularly with useful resources.

Where further support may be needed, the school can refer pupils to the School Nurse or the Educational Mental Health Practitioners. Further details on both areas of support are below.

Help from the School Nurse

A message from the School Nurse!

If you need health or wellbeing advice you can email your question to or drop-in to see me in the school health clinic held in school twice every half-term on Thursdays.

I can give advice or support if you have any concerns with: 

General Health (sleep, diet, exercise, medical needs), Self-care (hygiene, technology use, being a young carer), Emotional Health and Wellbeing (self-esteem, anxiety, anger, low mood), Healthy Relationships (bullying, sexual health, relationship abuse), Substance use (smoking, alcohol and drug use).

All health appointments and advice are confidential.

You can also visit the school nurse website at

Educational Mental Health Practitioners

The Mental Health support team offers support to children and young people with emerging, mild or moderate mental health difficulties which may be affecting everyday life. They can offer support with:

  • Managing worries
  • Low mood/depression
  • Exam concerns
  • Difficulties with emotions
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Problem solving

Further details are contained in the documents at the bottom of this page, Mental Health Support Team and the MHST leaflet.

Your child can self-refer, by using the contact details contained in this guidance or you can also contact your child’s Head of Learning or Mrs Maggie Smajlaj for guidance and support.

The Help and Support section on the For Students section of our website also contains useful information and websites relating to safeguarding, mental health and wellbeing.  


Online Monitoring in School

As part of our committment to safeguarding in school, we use some software called 'Impero' which monitors in real time both internet use and use of our ICT devices in school - the software immediately flags up anything that may be of concern so that we can check it out. Click on the logo to find out more. For further information pertaining to online safety, please refer to the Online Safety page.


Name Date  
Safeguarding Policy Sept 2021 Draft 6th September 2021 Download >
Mental Health Support Team 6th September 2021 Download >
MHST leaflet 6th September 2021 Download >
Kooth Champions 6th September 2021 Download >
Parental controls on iPhones 16th September 2021 Download >
Parents guide for social media scams 16th September 2021 Download >
Parents guide to snapchat 16th September 2021 Download >