Thornford School have a child Protection Policy in order to protect children from harm. We aim  to provide staff and volunteers, as well as children, young people and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.

Your Child’s Welfare

Our first priority is your child’s welfare and we will usually discuss any concerns we might have about your child with you. There might be occasions, however, when we have to provide information to or consult other agencies such as Children’s Services Social Care before we contact you. Our responsibility to do so is determined by Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole Inter-Agency Child Protection Procedures, 2006. If you want to know more about these procedures, please speak to our DSL: Mrs Neela Brooking.

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Designated Safeguard Lead: Mrs Neela Brooking

Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead: Mrs Karen Frost lewis

Contact email:

Phone:01935 872706

School Security

The school building has been risk assessed for security. Adult access is through the main entrance through a controlled entry system and all other doors are locked at 8.55am to ensure the children’s safety. The children are never left unsupervised and members of staff on duty in the playgrounds are in contact with other staff. All volunteers, work experience students / adults and Governors are cleared by the Disclosure Barring Service when appropriate or required before being allowed in contact with children.

Child Protection (Staff in Charge of Safeguarding – Entitled – Designated Safeguarding Leads – DSL’s)

The school has two members of staff who follow up incidents of Safeguarding with appropriate action. They are Mrs Neela Brooking  (DSL) and Mrs Karen Frost Lewis ( Deputy DSL).They can be contacted via the office email ( and on the telephone number: 01935 872706. Mrs. Ali Brazier  is the Parental Support Advisor at Sherborne Primary School and we can arrange for her to visit and support parents and families, as necessary.

ALL our staff have been trained on safeguarding to the appropriate requirements. Please see the Office / Headteacher for further details. Marianne Mangham  is the Designated Safeguarding Governor supported by Jane Rogers . Child Protection Procedures are available on request from the school office.


Thornford Primary School is committed to protect our children. ALL POSTS will require an enhanced disclosure barring service check prior to appointment / working with our children.

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Worried about a child’s safety?

If you are concerned about a child in Dorset and want to speak to someone, contact the Children’s Advice and Duty Service on 01305 228558 and give as much info as you can.

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For more information or to get in touch:

01935 872706
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