Our Safeguarding team

Plympton Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students. We expect all staff and visitors to share this commitment.  

Plympton Academy ensures that safeguarding legislation and guidance are followed and kept up to date and in line with the latest advice from the Government. Our policies create a culture where staff, students and parents feel able to raise concerns in the knowledge they will be listened to, supported, action taken and where necessary, external agencies will be involved. Our Child Protection policy can be found here.  

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Miss Claire Worth.
You can contact our DSL on 0333 360 2220 or by email on

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) is Ms Louise Macauley.
You can email our DDSL on  

Plympton Academy Safeguarding Team

Reporting a concern

If you have a safeguarding concern please contact:

Designated Safeguarding Lead - Claire Worth (

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Louise Macauley (

Looked After Child Lead - Martin Edmonds (

Other members of the Safeguarding Team include: 

  • Lee Lucas – Head of Safeguarding for TSAT 
  • Julie Harris – South West Regional Safeguarding Lead 
  • Heidi Barber – Plympton Academy SENCO 
  • Ellen Hooper – Pastoral Mentor 
  • Michelle Keane – Pastoral Mentor 
  • Neville Stanton – Pastoral Mentor 
  • Paul Elliott – Pastoral Mentor 
  • Paula Lomas – Pastoral Mentor 
  • Shaun Allin – Pastoral Mentor 

Other Useful Contacts

Plymouth Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub

01752 66800

01752 346984 (out of hours)

Devon Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub

0345 155 1071

0845 6000 388 (out of hours)

Cornwall Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub

0300 123 1116

01208 251300 (out of hours)

Advice for students

All students at Plympton Academy have the right to feel safe both in and out of school.  If you feel unsafe or are concerned about the safety of another student, it is important you know where to go and who to talk to.  At Plympton Academy there are a number of staff who you can talk to:- 

  • Your Tutor  
  • Your Pastoral Mentor  
  • Your Head of Year 
  • Your class Teachers  
  • Teaching Assistants (in class or in The Base) 
  • Any member of staff at Plympton Academy 

Each year group has a Pastoral Mentor that deals with student concerns who is available during the day for you to talk to.  They are located in the Pastoral Office.  

You can also contact ChildLine if you are worried or have a concern.  

Useful Links

Support for parents/carers

The School Nursing Service, provided by Livewell, works with children, their parents and professionals to ensure young people’s health needs are met and supported – at home, at school and in the wider community. Support they are able to offer, can be found here. If you are worried about any aspect of your child’s development, please get in touch. We accept referrals from parents, carers, professionals and the young person concerned. 

You may also like to visit the ThinkUKnow site.  ThinkUKnow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.  Since 2006, ThinkUKnow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. The CEOPEducation team is a part of the National Crime Agency and they run an education programme which aims to reduce the vulnerability of children and young people to online sexual abuse. They provide training, resources and information for children and young people aged 4 - 18, their families and professionals who work with them.    

Family Lives provides targeted early intervention and crisis support to families.  

Plymouth Information Advice and Support for SEND Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS) provides information, advice and support relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for parents, carers, children and young people within the Plymouth Local Authority area. PIAS provides parents, carers of children and young people with SEND and also the children and young people independently with: 

  • support at meetings 

  • support around education and training issues. 

ChatHealth text service for parents and students