Safeguarding is central to the work of CORE Education Trust and underpins the CORE values of Collaboration, Opportunity, Respect and Excellence. We will commit to beyond statutory safeguarding standards in our Schools. We expect all our staff to share this commitment. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed below. All our other Trust Policies can be viewed on our Policies page.

CORE Education Trust recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all its students by protecting them from emotional, sexual or physical harm and from neglect or bullying. We acknowledge that child abuse can be a very emotive and difficult subject. It is important to understand the feelings involved but not to allow them to interfere with judgement about the action to be taken.

We believe that the student’s welfare is always of paramount concern, and that all students have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious belief or sexual identity. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately in accordance with our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

All staff are trained regularly on Child Protection Procedures, including Prevent and Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.

All applicants for employment at CORE Education Trust and our schools will be fully vetted in accordance with DfE Guidelines Safeguarding Children: Safer Recruitment and Selection in Education Settings.

Trust Safeguarding Lead

  • Cathy O’Driscoll

    Director of Development and Safeguarding

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    Cathy's role encompasses safeguarding and outward facing accountabilities. This involves the key responsibility of overseeing all the Trust partnerships and projects. She has led on ground breaking national projects such as

    Cathy has an established track record as an educational leader in a range of inner city secondary schools in challenging circumstances in London and Birmingham. During her career she has mentored and coached aspirant Headteachers and senior leaders.

    Prior to working in education, Cathy had a successful career within stage management in the theatre, working across theatres in the UK.


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