At Herschel Grammar school, the safety and wellbeing of all pupils is of the utmost importance.

No child should suffer harm, either at home or at school. Everyone who works at Herschel Grammar School has a responsibility to make sure that all our young people are safe.

What do we mean by safeguarding?

Safeguarding is defined as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health and development
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

If you have concerns about a child’s safety or wellbeing you should contact a member of the safeguarding team using the safeguarding email address:

The safeguarding team for 2022-23 is: 

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mrs Katrina Rodriguez 
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Catherine Sharpe
Mrs Taniya Malik
Ms Jo Rockall
Mr Graham Parsons


To contact a member of the Safeguarding team in an emergency, please call the school Reception on 01753 520950.

Worried about a child out of school hours?

If you have a serious concern for the immediate safety or well-being of a student out of school hours (including evenings, weekends and school holidays) please contact the Emergency Out of Hours number for Berkshire: 01344 351999

If the child does not live in Berkshire, please contact the Children’s Social Care for the area the child lives in.

If you think your concern relates to a crime, Thames Valley Police can be contacted on 101 or 999.

A copy of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found at the bottom of this webpage.

The safeguarding principles adhered to by the school are compliant with the statutory guidance provided in the document Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022

Hollie Guard Personal Safety APP

What is Hollie Guard? Hollie Guard is a next generation smartphone app that provides enhanced levels of protection. Hollie Guard has you covered, whether you’re working alone, travelling to an unknown area or simply commuting around town.

Supporting pupils’ mental health and development is an important element of safeguarding. Please click here to go to our dedicated mental health and wellbeing page which is updated regularly with useful resources.

Online Monitoring in School

As part of our committment to safeguarding in school, we use some software called 'Impero' which monitors in real time both internet use and use of our ICT devices in school - the software immediately flags up anything that may be of concern so that we can check it out. Click on the logo to find out more. For further information pertaining to online safety, please refer to the Online Safety page.



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