Here at St Mary’s we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people. We strongly believe that all children have the right to feel safe and to be protected from physical, sexual or emotional abuse and neglect.

Schools have an important part to play in protecting children and young people and like every school staff have a duty to record, report and when needed act on any concerns.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is: Mr Paul Ackers, Executive Headteacher.

If you have any concerns about a child, please contact Mr Ackers at school in person, by phone on 0161 427 7498 or by email

Our other DSLs are: Miss Alice Poole, Mrs Cathy Finney and Mrs Caroline Britton.

If you have any concerns regarding child protection procedure, our Safeguarding governor is: Dr Nick O’Brien

In certain situations, the school liaises immediately with Social Services. If this happens, it is likely a Social Worker and not the school would contact the parents and carers. This is part of the Local Authority’s child protection procedure and is not a matter for the discretion of individual Headteachers or members of staff. The same procedures are obligatory for all maintained schools.

Please refer to our Safeguarding Children Policy for further information in the policy section of this website. Or for further advice, please contact Stockport Safeguarding Unit on 0161 474 5657.

All our staff are kept up to date with any Safeguarding with regular training.

Operation Encompass is now live across Stockport Borough, for more information:

Safeguarding Policy 2021-2022

COVID-19 ADDENDUM Safeguarding Policy 2020-2021

Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2021 Update)