A message from us to you during these challenging times
COVID 19: Contact Information & Support

Our COVID Risk Assessment can be found at by following this link: COVID Risk Assessment

Our latest information for parents can be found in the Covid updates page.

There is a range of guidance and information that can help during these difficult times. Visit our Covid Wellbeing to find out more.

How to get in touch with us

 

During term time, the school office will be open from 8.15am to 3.30pm each week day. The latest guidance encourages schools to minimise the number of people that come across the threshold at school to reduce the risks of transmission within the school and community. Therefore, if you do have any queries, please contact the main school office via phone or email and we will always aim to return your call within 24 hours. If a meeting is required we can meet virtually if necessary.

Main School Phone: 01785 258383             Main School Email: office@smhs.staffs.sch.uk

Safeguarding: Should you have a safeguarding concern/query you can direct this preferably by email to:

Mr Manfredi: p.manfredi@smhs.staffs.sch.uk

Mrs Bradbury: a.bradbury@smhs.staffs.sch.uk

Mr Lycett: r.lycett@smhs.staffs.sch.uk

 

External Safeguarding Support: There are a range of services external to school that can also help if you are concerned.

Staffordshire First Response – 0800 1313 126

First Response is a county-wide telephone and web enquiry service for all children who:

  • Live in Staffordshire.

  • Are aged from pre-birth to 18 years old.

  • Do not currently have an allocated worker.

Have you got a serious concern about the safety of a child or young person up to the age of 18?

Do you think a child or young person is being harmed or is at risk of being harmed?

Are you worried that a child is living in circumstances where they are treated badly and not cared for properly?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions and you don’t believe that the child or young person is being supported by an allocated worker, please contact the First Response Service immediately.

If you believe the child to be at risk of immediate harm, this must be reported to the police on 999 or 101.

The NSPCC website (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/) provides lots of information and advice about keeping children safe. The NSPCC helpline number is 0808 800 5000

Child Line can be contacted on 0800 1111. If your child is worried or needs support, they can receive advice and support from Childline or download the ‘For Me’ app

 

Online Safety: 

The National Cyber Security Centre has issued guidance that can help us all protect ourselves online including the reported increase in vaccine scams. The following advice form the NCSC might be useful:

 

NCSC Consumer Guidance for Smart Devices in the Home

Cyber Champions Tips

NCSC Second Hand Devices infographic

Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to complete work and stay connected to family and friends during this period, we recognise many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.

These resources provide guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. They will, amongst other things, support you to talk to your child about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices:

Thinkyouknow by National Crime Agency-CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) provides resources for parents and carers and children of all ages to help keep children safe online

Childnet has developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety, as well as guidance on keeping under-fives safe online 

Parent info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents and carers related to the digital world from leading experts and organisations

NSPCC has guidance for parents and carers to help keep children safe online

UK Safer Internet Centre provides tips and advice for parents and carers to keep children safe online

Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support

Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world

London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online

Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games

Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation

If you are concerned about harmful or upsetting content online you can get support by:

 

  • getting government advice and trusted resources from Educate Against Hate on safeguarding from radicalisation, building resilience to extremism, and promoting shared values

If you are concerned about bullying or abuse online you can:

The NCA's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.  They protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.

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Click the link to find out more or make a report: https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
Careers Information & Guidance:
 
Our careers advisor from Entrust, Yvonne Knight, is available to offer careers support to any young person in Y10, Y11 or 6th Form who would like to talk to her via telephone or text on 07921 277401 or by e-mail on yvonne.knight@entrust-ed.co.uk. She can provide information, advice and guidance across a range of career areas such as education and training options, careers advice and job searching. Some of you may be contacted directly by Yvonne who is there to help you!