Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
  • Miss Lucy Hayward (Deputy Headteacher)
  • Mr John Tutt (Headteacher)
  • Mrs Penny Wardell (Assistant Headteacher & SENCO)
  • Mrs Angie Pierce (Family Liaison Officer & Headteacher's PA)
  • Miss Sarah Greenfield (Assistant Headteacher)

At St James', a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is on site every school day and can be contacted on 01892 523006 if you have any safeguarding concerns.

Alternatively you can contact a DSL, during office hours, by email: Please note that in the event of a school closure, a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is still on site every school day.

Out of office hours and during school holidays, if you have any immediate safeguarding concerns, please contact the Kent Front Door on 03000 41 91 91. 

If you think someone is in immediate danger, the best thing to do is call 999 for the emergency services.


Our Safeguarding Governor is: Nina Skomorowski-Brown


St James' CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website or by following the links below.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.


Our school is part of Operation Encompass.

Operation Encompass is a national police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Violence and Abuse and which is in place in every police force in England and Wales.

Operation Encompass means that the police will share information with our school about all police attended Domestic Abuse incidents which involve any of our children PRIOR to the start of the next school day.

For more information, please see this poster or speak to a member of the DSL team. 


At St James' we see online safety education as an integral part of our school curriculum. We promote online safety in school through regular assemblies and termly lessons, as well as embedding the key messages and themes throughout our pupils' learning. Our pupils learn how to keep themselves safe online; they know ways in which they can seek help if they are ever unsure about something they have seen or experienced online and they are learning how to be responsible online citizens.

We are members of the National Online Safety scheme which supports parents and families and provides them with tools to support children with online safety. The website provides an interactive online workshop for all our parents & carers and the course can be taken at your own convenience. It covers:

· Information about online dangers and the newest platforms

· What online risks to look out for and how to protect your child

Please ask the school office for a copy of the invite letter, if needed. 


If you have any concerns about behaviour or bullying please speak to your child's teacher in the first instance.


For more information about Safeguarding at St James' please see the following policies:

Child Protection Policy 2023

Anti-bullying Policy 2023

Image Use Policy 2023

Mobile and Smart Technology Policy 2023

Social Media Policy 2023

Acceptable Use of Technology Polices 2023

Here are some websites which you may feel useful: