Safeguarding at Grovelands School


We take Safeguarding very seriously at Grovelands Primary School. We are committed to ensuring that our children always feel safe and secure. This involves a wide range of policies, procedures and supportive arrangements. We have a strong culture of safeguarding and work tirelessly to keep your children safe, secure and well cared for.

Our priority is that everyone feels happy and safe both in school and at home.
It is only when children feel safe and secure that they will be able to be happy and ready to learn.

Everyone has the collective responsibility to protect and promote the health and well-being of our children. Our Designated Safeguarding Leads can offer advice and guidance on matters that may be of concern. Please see the attached email informing you of our safeguarding team. Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be found under Statutory Info on our website.

(DSL) Designated Safeguarding Lead Team

We are all responsible for safeguarding in our school 

Mr Jon Goulding
Designated Safeguarding LeadMr Jon Goulding
Miss Sarah Coates
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - PastoralMiss Sarah Coates
Miss Kathleen Swaine
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - BehaviourMiss Kathleen Swaine
Mr Rob Williams
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Online SafetyMr Rob Williams
Ms Cath Adams
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - SENDMs Cath Adams
Miss Natalia Squires
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - WelfareMiss Natalia Squires

Operation Encompass

We are part of Operation Encompass. Operation Encompass is an initiative in partnership with Sussex Police to report incidents where police have attended the family home after reports of domestic abuse. By receiving this information it enables the school to offer support to the child who may have been witness to events.

View Operation Encompass PDF

View Operation Encompass PDF

NSPCC Pants Campaign

Follow this link to find out about more about the PANTS rule
We use this rule at school to discuss what is and isn't ok.

View NSPCC pants campaign PDF


If you are worried about the safety or welfare of a child you should call;
NSPCC adult helpline for confidential advice on 0808 800 5000.
Contact the Single Point of Advice on 01323 464222.

It may be helpful to parents to know that the Local Authority requires schools to report any obvious or suspected case of child abuse - which includes non- accidental injury, severe physical neglect, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. When possible and if appropriate, the school will discuss any concerns with you before taking the concern further.

This procedure is intended to protect children at risk and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that when there are grounds for suspicion it is better to be safe than sorry.

This does mean that schools risk upsetting some parents by reporting a case which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In such circumstances, it is hoped that parents, appreciating how difficult it is for schools to carry out this delicate responsibility, would accept that the school was acting in what were believed to be the child's best interests.

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Grovelands School, Dunbar Drive,
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3UW.

Staff Contacts

  • Executive Headteacher: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Head of School: Miss Kathleen Swaine
  • School Business Manager: Mrs Helen Fingerneissl
  • School Secretary: Miss Carol Williams
  • Chair of Governors: Mr Michael Nix
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Deputy DSLs: Miss K Swaine, Ms C Adams, Miss N Squires, Miss S Coates, Mr R Williams
  • Inclusion Leader: Ms C Adams