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Orchard School Bristol

Wellbeing and Safeguarding

At Orchard School we take the safeguarding and wellbeing of every student very seriously.  Every member of staff is responsible for and trained in wellbeing and safeguarding.  We also invest in a highly-experienced team of inclusion professionals including senior staff, year teams and social, emotional and mental health practitioners and counsellors, who lead in this area.

 Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL)

The DSL is Deputy Headteacher, Mr Dorian Coxon, dcoxon@orchard.tila.school
Deputy DSLs:

All our DSLs can be reached on the main school number: 0117 377 2000

You can also let the Safeguarding Leads know about a situation anonymously through our Whisper Button on our Quick Links on the front page of the website.


 We have been awarded the Gold Anti Bullying Award consecutively now - in 2018 and in 2021 - for the work we do against bullying in school. We encourage all students to talk to someone if they notice bullying behaviour, and parents/carers are encouraged to contact their Pastoral Manager if they are aware of bullying behaviour.  The Whisper App is available here or on the Quick Links of our website and is available for anonymous reporting of any behaviour, should it occur. 


 We respect the need for students to pray at agreed times through the school day.  Prayer Mats are available.

Young Carers

 A Young Carer is a child under 18 who regularly helps to look after a family member or friend who is disabled, ill, has a mental health condition or addiction problem.  We are aware that some of our students are young carers and that they may need additional support to maximise their potential. Therefore, we currently provide the following services for young carers:

  •  Young Carers support group 
  • Trips with other young carers from the drop-in group
  • Access to homework club at lunch time and after school
  • Ability to use the school phone at break and lunch if needed
  • Ensuring that staff are aware of how they can support young carers appropriately

Our Young Carers Leads are Mrs Dee Lawrence and Mrs Addrienne Newton, from our social, emotional and mental health team.  

You might also find the following websites useful:

 School Nurse and Brook

 Your child can book in to see our school nurse by contacting Reception on 0117 377 2000.

We also work with Brook Advisory Service for sexual health and wellbeing Brook – Healthy lives for young people

Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Support 

 Our specialist SEMH team in school includes:

  • Mrs Addriene Newton - SEMH Manager
  • Starting in September - SEMH Practitioner
  • Mrs Natalia Lyes - SEMH Learning Support Assistant, focusing on Year 7
  • Ms Nazeia Rani - Counsellor 

We have listed a number of support helplines and websites alongside some resources which may be of help to your families and you during the Covid -19 lockdown. Please take a look as they are very helpful.

Off the Record's January 2021 Newsletter

Click here for OTR's latest newsletter.

We all have mental health - video



 Let’s talk mental health - video


 CV-19 science video  - this is to gain a better and clearer understanding of Covid -19



Other self-help guidance

Strategies to help with overload

Anxiety management

Apple app - click here

Anxiety social story to support understanding Covid 19 and self-help - click image

Who you can talk to:

Anxiety UK: 08444 775 774

MIND (Mental Health):0300 123 3393

Kidscape (keep safe and bullying): 020 7730 3300

Bereavement support

Child bereavement UK: 0800 028 8840

Winston’s wish

 General advice on mental health

We all have mental health, yet it's often something we find difficult to talk about when we're struggling. With one in 10 children and young people in the UK - that's three in every classroom! - suffering from a diagnosable mental health problem, we think it's important that you know who to turn to for help. Besides speaking to an OSB member of staff, or a trusted adult, here is a list of useful contacts offering advice and support: 

Bristol services

NHS Bristol

The Emotional Health Directory of Services for Children and Young People aims to be the single 'go to' place for information about children and young people’s emotional health in Bristol, including services commissioned by Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group.


Kooth is a free online service offering emotional and mental health support for children and young people, aged 11-25. Users can have a drop-in chat with a counsellor, therapist or book a one-to-one session. They have a monitored online forum and users can also record a journal. www.kooth.com

Off the Record

Off the Record provides free and confidential mental health support, information and workshops for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol. www.otrbristol.org.uk / 0808 808 9120


TESS is a text and email support service that is run by Self Injury Support, which offers help to girls and young women up to 24 in the UK who are affected by self-harm. 0780 047 2908 (Open Sunday - Friday, 7-9pm). Visit www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk to access their email service. 

National Services

Anorexia & Bulimia Care (ABC)

ABC offers personal, ongoing, emotional support and practical guidance for recovery for people struggling with Anorexia Nervose, Bulimia Nervosa and binge eating, in addition to related self-harm. www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk / 03000 11 12 13

Anti-Bullying Alliance

Detailed information for anyone being bullied, along with advice for parents and schools. Signposts to various helplines and websites for further support. http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/


BEAT is the UK's leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape. www.b-eat.co.uk / Youthline: 0345 634 7650

Bullying UK 

Provides advice on all aspects of bullying. www.bullying.co.uk / 0808 800 2222


A 24-hour helpline for children and young people to discuss any issues they're concerned about. www.childline.org.uk / 0800 1111

National Self Harm Network

Support for individuals who self harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life. www.nshn.co.uk

NHS Choices - Young People and Mental Health

An information hub offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress. www.nhs.uk/livewell/youth-mental-health

NSPCC - Report Abuse in Education

A new helpline from NSPCC, dedicated to reporting abuse in education for children and young adults who have experienced sexual harrassment or abuse at school, or for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance. help@nspcc.org.uk / 0800 136 663


A national charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide among young people. www.papyrus-uk.org / 0800 068 4141

Rape Crisis

Provide and sign post to a range of services to support people who have experience rape, child abuse or any kind of sexual violence. https://rapecrisis.org.uk/

The Survivors Trust

UK-wide national umbrella agency with resources and support dedicated to survivors of rape, sexual violence and child sex abuse. https://thesurvivorstrust.org/isva/

Talk to Frank

Friendly, confidential advice on drugs. www.talktofrank.com / 0300 123 6600 / live chat, text: 82111

The Mix

Support and information about how to cope with various issues, whether it's mental health, money, relationships, finding a job, or drugs. www.themix.org.uk / 0808 808 4994

Time to Change

Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health. www.time-to-change.org.uk

Winston's Wish

A leading childhood bereavement charity offering practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals. www.winstonswish.org.uk / 08452 03 04 05

Young Minds

Young Minds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. www.youngminds.org.uk / 020 7089 5050

Victim Support

Supporting children and young people who have been affected by crime. Also provides support to parents and professionals who work with children and young people – regardless of whether a crime has been reported or how long ago it was. https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/

Tackling Extremism

Orchard School Bristol is aware of its responsibilities under Section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and the Prevent Strategy to safeguard pupils at risk of radicalisation. We do this by identifying and risk assessing individuals who may be drawn into terrorism, violent or non-violent extremism. We provide a safe environment for our pupils to explore, understand and discuss sensitive topics, including terrorism and extremist ideology. We use the curriculum and pastoral support to educate our pupils and to enable them to challenge these ideas. Staff are aware of the risks posed by other students and adults who may have been radicalised and the impact of radicalisation via social media. All staff have received appropriate training and have the knowledge and confidence to identify pupils at risk of being drawn into terrorism and extremism, and challenge extremist ideals. Our IT filters are regularly reviewed in order to prevent access to terrorist and extremist materials online at school.


What is it?

Prevent is about keeping young people and communities safe from terrorism and extremism.  Signs that may indicate a young person is being radicalised include:

  • isolating themselves from family and friends
  • talking as if from a scripted speech
  • unwillingness or inability to discuss their views
  • a sudden disrespectful attitude towards others
  • increased levels of anger
  • increased secretiveness, especially around internet use

You must report this if you notice these signs to your Pastoral Manager, Head of Year or to Mr Coxon.


What is it?

Exploitation is where a young person is made to do something that they would not normally do whether it be sexually or in any way which is manipulative by another group or person. 

Some of the signs of Exploitation are:

  • Going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late
  • Regularly missing school or not taking part in education
  • Appearing with unexplained gifts or new possessions
  • Associating with other young people involved in exploitation
  • Having older boyfriends of girlfriends
  • Suffering from sexually transmitted infections
  • Mood swings or changes in emotional wellbeing
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour

If this is happening to you or you see signs of this in others, you must report this to your Pastoral Manager, Head of Year or to Mr Coxon. 

 Safeguarding Team News