The Academy is committed to safeguarding all and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Parents/carers can feel confident that careful and thorough procedures are in place to ensure that all staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children within the Academy. The Academy encourages parents/carers and children to talk freely about any concerns or worries which may affect any progress. It is important to us that parents/carers and pupils see the Academy as a safe place.

Children will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. Pupils may be referred or signposted for additional bespoke support from external agencies who work closely with the Academy. The Academy will endeavour to work in partnership with parents/carers at all times to inform them of additional support required or accessed for their child.  However, staff cannot guarantee to consult parents/carers first, or to keep children’s concerns confidential, if a referral must be made to agencies in order to safeguard the child’s welfare.

If you have any concerns relating to any pupil in our Academy please contact one of the members of our Safeguarding and Mental Health Team, please see the below link for more details.

  • Designated Safeguarding Leaders


Safeguarding Documents

  • Ossett Academy Safeguarding Policy

  • Ossett Academy Anti-Bullying Policy

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance September 2020


For more information or additional support the following organisations are notable points of reference:

  • Brook –Brook provides free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing services for nearly 250,000 young people UK-wide, each year.
  • Childline – Need to talk? Contact ChildLine anytime – calls are free and confidential
    Phone ChildLine 0800 1111
    Have an online chat with a counsellor
    Visit or post on the message boards
  • Barnados –Barnardo’s is committed to helping children throughout the UK
  • NSPCC –The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a charity campaigning and working in child protection.
  • Thinkuknow –Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people from Think U Know. Learn about online safety and report any concerns you may have.
  • Escayp – Emotional Support for Children and Young People (ESCAYP) is available for children and young people offering a supportive empathic environment in which they feel secure and safe.
  • XenZone –Award-winning online counselling services. Delivering proven mental health services for over a decade.
  • The Young People of Wakefield Expect – Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College supports The Wakefield Young Peoples Charter, a charter created by young people with the help of The Youth Association designed by Seedbed Creative Ltd.
  • Calm Harm – A free app providing activities to help manage the urge to self-harm.


With increased use of the internet and social media in society, it is essential that our students are taught how to identify, understand and reduce the risks online. This is achieved through a combination of the curriculum, assemblies and form learning opportunities.

Should you have a specific concern relating to online safety, please contact Designated Safeguarding Lead Mrs Rowe or a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead; Mrs Gaskell, Ms Hemingway, Mr Spink or Mr Buckley.

Below are a series of information leaflets or web-based resources to support parents:

  • Online Safety Tips for Parents of 11-13 Year Olds

  • Online Safety Tips for Parents of Teenagers 14+

  • Internet Matters’ Parent’s Guide to Tech

  • BBC's 'Own IT'

  • How to Make Your iPhone Secure

  • How to Make Your Android Phone Secure


Thinkuknow Factsheets

  • Worried About Inappropriate Online Content Leaflet

  • Making a Report to CEOP

  • Risks Children Face Online: Online Grooming Leaflet

  • Using Parental Controls Leaflet

  • Worried Your Child Has Shared Too Much Online Leaflet

  • How to Contact or Report to Social Media



The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Provides help and advice on cyberbullying, the Centre maintains a website for children and young people and parents and carers about staying safe online.

Further articles about bullying and support can be found in editions of Ossett Voice

Social Media Age Restrictions


According to, bullying is “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose”. It is clear that although bullying has a significant short term impact, the longer term consequences can also have a significant impact on self-esteem and mental health”.

Anti-bullying video

A selection of Ossett Academy students, together with Horbury Academy students, have planned, scripted, produced and directed their own anti-bullying film, which you can find below.

Students produced the film, alongside our Accord anti-bullying policy, using their own words to make sure it’s as accessible as possible to their peers, as well as parents and carers. Its aim is to help people to recognise and report bullying and to access support.

Further advice and support

If you have any concerns about bullying, please speak to your child’s pastoral year leader as soon as possible, however there are a wide range of resources available for parents.

  • Ossett Academy Anti-bullying Information for Younger Students

  • DfE Advice for Parents – Bullying & Cyberbullying

  • NSPCC: Bullying – Signs, Indicators and Effects

  • Anti-Bullying Parents' Interactive Information Tool

  • Building Confidence After Bullying – Video

  • Anti-Bullying Tools and Information


Sleep and Your Health

  • Teen Sleep Matters - Advice Sheet

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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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