Gotherington Primary School

The Lawns, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9QT

Our School  »  Keeping Children Safe in Gotherington

Keeping Children Safe - Our Core Purpose
We believe that one of the key roles of our school is to provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of every individual child in our care, so that they grow up secure, confident and independent.

It is clear, therefore, that the health, safety and well-being of all the children in our care are of paramount importance. Our pupils have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. 

We recognise that all staff members have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm.

The first point of contact for anyone who has a concern about the safety and well-being of a pupil is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

The DSL at the school is the Headteacher, Mr. Ben Jordan.
Latest DSL Forum: 11th September 2018
Latest GSCB DSL Revision and Update Training: 7th December 2017
Latest GSCB Child Protection and Inter Agency Training: 9th January 2018

The Deputy DSL is the Interim Deputy Headteacher, Mr. Duncan Huthison.
Latest GSCB Child Protection Training: 7th December 2017
Latest DSL Forum: 11th September 2018
Safer Recruitment Training: 16th October 2017

In their absence the additional member of staff with relevant DSL training
at the school is Mrs. Averil Woolston.  
Latest GSCB Deputy DSL Training: 6th December 2016
Latest DSL Update Training: 11th September 2018

At Gotherington Primary School, Mr. Peter Price-Thomas, is the Governor Safeguarding Lead.  

All concerns regarding child protection issues in the school should be referred to Mr. Jordan in the first instance and he will inform Mrs. Woolston. This responsibility extends to every member of our community and it is of vital importance that all concerns are reported in confidence without delay to the Safeguarding Team.

Latest GSCB Update Training: 11th September 2018

Allegations Management 
In order to manage allegations against child care professionals, every Local Authority appoints a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO). 

In Gloucestershire the LADO is Nigel Hatten, who is supported by Tracy Brooks, the Allegations Management Co-Ordinator.  Nigel can be contacted on 01452 426994 or and Tracy can be contacted on 01452 426320 or

Further information and advice can be obtained from the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board or from our own school website.