Abbeywood Community School


Abbeywood Community School fully recognises its responsibility under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to work together with other agencies to ensure effective arrangements within our school to identify, assess and support children who are suffering from harm.

Safeguarding our school community is of paramount importance. We ensure that all our staff are aware of, and have the skills to deal with, any child protection or safeguarding concerns. We have robust recruitment procedures and professional development programmes which ensure that all our staff uphold our strong ethos and values. All of our staff receive yearly updates as part of their child protection training.

Details of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found by clicking here. Our school policy encourages all staff to raise any concerns they may have about students; the interests of the young person are paramount and take priority over professional loyalties. 

There may be occasions when our concern about your child means that we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. We may suggest a SAFeh (Single Assessment Framework for Early Help) to help coordinate support across agencies for families who need extra help. Single assessment for early help | A guide for parents and carers

In addition to their tutors, students have pastoral support from the Head of their year group who are available before school, during breaks, lunchtimes and after school.  Students can also access the School Health Nurse & Sexual Health Nurse/Youth Worker via a weekly drop-in service. We also have access to counselling services.

Key School Contacts

The staff below can be contacted via the main school number: 01454 862986


Designated Safeguarding Lead

Sharon Beesley

Assistant Headteacher 


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Nicky Lopeman, 


Assistant Deputy Designated Safeguarding 

Karen Harding,

Behaviour Lead & Pastoral Manager


The Pastoral Team have also completed higher level Child Protection Training and can also be contacted on 01454 862986. They are:

Lisa Bamford, Head of Year 8 – 

Adela Brazil, Head of Year 10 - 

Alastair Scott, Head of Year 11 -

Paul Baxter, Head of Year 7 - 

Sarah Phillips, Head of Year (Post 16) - 

Gemma Shafto, Director of Post 16 - (Maternity leave)

Steve Padgett, Safeguarding Governor - 


Concerned about a child?

01454 866000 Monday to Friday (South Gloucestershire)

0117 9036444 Monday to Friday (Bristol)

01454 615165 Out of hours/Weekends (Bristol & South Glos)

Safeguarding updates 

5 October 2022 - Online Safety from Meet the Tutor Evening

30 September 2022 - Safeguarding update (Newsletter 30 September 2022)

28 September 2022 - Letter from Mrs Beesley

June 2021 - Parent Newsletter, Student Newsletter

March 2021 - Parent Newsletter

February 2021 - Parent Newsletter, Student Newsletter


NHS Self-Harm Guidance for Schools - click on the link here.


South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Board

The school follows the advice issued from the South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Board.

Their website has a range of useful information for parents and carers as well as numbers to contact if you have concerns about the safety and well-being of a child. To visit the web page, please click on the logo below.

For more information click on the link here: The Right Help in the Right Way at the Right Time 

Useful website on safeguarding topics

Child Sexual Exploitation
Female Genital Mutilation
Extremism & Anti-radicalisation
Mental Health