At Holyrood Academy we take our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children extremely seriously. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mr Rob Crocker, Deputy Headteacher.

Safeguarding Matters
Our regular publication Safeguarding Matters covers our latest news regarding safeguarding practices and activities to support our students:
Issue 1 - Spring 2020
Issue 2 - Autumn 2020
ssue 3 - Spring 2021
Issue 4 - Summer 2021

Early Help
Holyrood Academy works closely with many agencies in order to identify any needs that children and their families may have that go beyond support offered in school. Somerset’s Early Help framework provides an opportunity for professionals to work together with a child and their family to identify any necessary actions or referrals needed. It is widely recognised that when children and families receive effective early help, that a big difference can be made. Further information on Somerset’s Early Help Assessment can be found here.

Looked after Children
We recognise that Looked After Children need additional care and support in school to help them achieve the very best. We work closely with the Local Authority to monitor the progress of any Looked After Child. Our Designated Teacher for Looked After Children is Mr Ireland (Assistant Headteacher – Inclusion). The Somerset Virtual School supports Holyrood in striving for the very best education for Looked After Children. Their Headteacher is Emily Walters – further information about the Virtual School can be found on their website

Reporting a Concern about a young person

If you have a concern which involves the safety or wellbeing of a child, please contact Mr Rob Crocker during school hours on either:
Phone: 01460 260100

If the concern is serious and outside of school hours please contact the following:
- Children's Social Care on 0300 123 2224 or by email at
- the police on 101 (or in an emergency on 999)
- if you would like to speak to a social worker outside of office hours contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 123 23 27.

Safeguarding Documents and Advice
ChildLine support and advice for children
NSPCCC children's charity which helps to prevent abuse and helps those affected to recover
Prevent safeguarding and supporting those vulnerable to radicalisation
Holyrood Academy Guide to e-safety

Managing allegations against adults working with children or young people
Local Area Designated Officers (LADO) provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations that have concerns about a person working or volunteering with children and young people who may have behaved inappropriately or if information has been received that may constitute an allegation.

If you consider a LADO referral is needed:
- Gather the relevant information: the name, date of birth and home address of the ADULT connected to the allegation/incident; the child/children's details (LADO procedures cannot begin without this information).
- It is advisable that you initially discuss the details with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mr R Crocker) and record/log the details in your relevant records.
- They will also need your name, your organisation's address and the role you have in your organisation.
- Once you have this information, call 0300 123 2224.

 For more information please visit the Local Area Designated Officer's website here.

Useful Links

Contact Details

01460 260100

If you require any information in an alternative format, please contact the Academy on 01460 260100

Holyrood Academy Zembard Lane, Chard,
Somerset, TA20 1JL

Holyrood Academy is a part of the Uffculme Academy Trust (UAT). UAT is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and Wales number 07338835 and an Exempt Charity.
Registered address: Chapel Hill, Uffculme, Devon EX15 3AG