Safeguarding at Queen Ethelburga’s

Welfare is our first priority at Queen Ethelburga’s where we aim to promote happiness, positive health and community safety of both students and staff.

Every member of the Collegiate is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. 

We also have a dedicated team of trained welfare staff, separate to academic staff, on call 24 hours a day to offer support and guidance to all students within our specialist pastoral area.

Each school runs regular Personal Development classes, House meetings and assemblies to discuss current issues happening in the world and how to stay safe. Personal Development lessons cover topics like preventing extremism, keeping themselves safe, relationships and sex education. 

It is the school’s aim to ensure everyone in the QE community feel seen, heard and comfortable to be themselves. Students can volunteer to be on the School Council, Boarding Council or Food Committee to consult with staff about ideas and concerns for the Collegiate.

All Prefects and Peer Mentors receive annual child protection and safeguarding training, to listen and protect other students in the Collegiate. Similarly, we have a “virtual” bully box on the school app for students to confidentially report any concerns about other students. 

A group of Queen Ethelburga's students having fun together

We aim to promote happiness, positive health and community safety of both students and staff.
Safeguarding Is Everyone’s Responsibility

The Collegiate ethos is based around respect, equity and collective responsibility.

The Collegiate works hard to ensure that every student feels safe and secure, enabling them to focus on their academic life and the many enrichment opportunities available to them. 

We ensure that all students are aware of how to keep themselves safe and which staff members are responsible for child protection.



The Safeguarding Alliance

At Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate, our safeguarding practices are constantly under review to ensure we remain at the forefront of provision. As a school we are a member of the Safeguarding Alliance and share their commitment to drive forward safeguarding excellence.

The Child Protection Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead and Prevent Officer:

  • Erica Papaglimis

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads and Deputy Prevent Officers:

  • Betty Holt
  • Deborah Mills
  • Joe Padmore
  • Kris Horton
  • Rebecca Thackray
  • Serena Rickard
Useful Contacts

Parents and students can contact The Pastoral Care Team through the School Team email accounts:

There are also email accounts set up for the specialist areas of pastoral care which are listed below: