Well-being & Safeguarding

Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Miss C Buckenham – Vice Principal: Personal Development, Behaviour & Safety

Additional Designated Safeguarding Leads:
Mrs A Divver – Pupil Experience Leader Y7 & SEND; Mrs R Cooper – Head of Faculty: Inclusion (SENDCo); Miss J Etheridge – Head of Faculty: Mathematics & Numeracy (ADSL); Mr A Griffin – Head of Faculty: Science & Computing; Mr M McCulley – Principal

Mental Health First Aiders:
Miss C Buckenham – Vice Principal; Mrs A Divver – Pupil Experience Leader: Y7 & SEND

First Aiders:
Mrs A Divver – Pupil Experience Leader: Y7 & SEND; Miss B Fleck – Associate Teacher: Pupil Intervention & CfC

At Houlton School our aim is to be ‘excellent in the tending of our Houlton family relationships’ and to ensure that all our pupils achieve their best, are happy, safe and successful in their educational journey. As a family, we endeavour to ensure that all our pupils and our staff feel valued, equipped, cared for and encouraged to be the best they can be.

Personal Development

The safety and wellbeing of our pupils is our paramount priority and pupils will have timetabled PHRSE sessions and a robust tutor programme designed to ensure they have the best possible access to information, guidance and support for their wellbeing and wider development. Our integrated LORIC programme will focus on building the skills and attributes needed to be successful global citizens and pupils will be supported at all stages in developing a clear pathway for their future careers. Parent/carers will be informed by the school when the statutory requirement for sex education is being delivered and support offered to families where needed.

At Houlton we aim to provide transformational learning experiences in both the classroom and through the co-curricular offer. Pupils will have access to a wide range of enrichment opportunities including clubs, competitive events, trips and visits; all designed to build skills and complement their learning. Our pupils will be encouraged to immerse themselves in the ethos of the school and as such will have the opportunity to take on a number of leadership opportunities and to work towards the PiXLEdge leadership accreditation. Pupils will be actively encouraged to have a voice; regularly having opportunities to be involved in pupil fora.


Houlton School is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, our full Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found here.

The Designated Safeguarding lead for Houlton School is Chloe Buckenham, Vice Principal for Personal Development, Behaviour and Safety who can be contacted by using the form on our Contact Us page, or calling school.


It is essential that all members of our Houlton family take care of their wellbeing and mental health. Pupils will have the full support of our staff and will be supported both academically and pastorally to ensure their individual needs are met. Parent/carers can access support and guidance at any time from the school.

Additionally there are a number of outside agencies who specialise in mental health and well-being that can be contacted for free and confidential support.


These lines are available if you need to talk to someone or if you feel at risk in any way.

Papyrus: Thinking about suicide, please call 0800 068 4141 or TEXT 07786 209697

Bullying UK: 0808 800 2222

Child Line: Talk to a child line counsellor, no problem too big or small! 0800 1111

Samaritans: Someone to listen 24/7 free of charge. 116 123 or TEXT 07725 909090

Compass: Support and advice for young people using substances. 0800 121 4043

Coventry CAB: Info/advice on issues facing young people. 02476 252066

NSPCC: If you feel you or someone you know is a victim of abuse. 0808 800 5000

Stonewall: Support for anyone around issues of sexuality. 0800 0505 2020

Winston’s Wish: Helpline to support young people with the death of a loved one. 08088 020 021


These free apps mean you can access support wherever you are.

Stressheads: Support to lower our stress levels.

Stay Alive: Support to those who may experience suicidal thoughts/feelings.

Self Help Anxiety Management (Samapp): Support and techniques to help manage anxiety and panic.

Moodometer: Created by the NHS. Allows you to track your moods and what has influenced it. Also provides ways to lift your mood.

Calm Harm: Activities to assist in the management of self-harm.

Grief support for young people: Information about grief, bereavement and the feelings we may experience when we lose a loved one.

Insight Timer: A large collection of free guided exercises to help relieve stress, improve relaxation and wellbeing.

Calm: A large collection of exercises designed to calm us down.

Winston’s Wish: Helpline to support young people with the death of a loved one. 08088 020 021


Leaders place spiritual, moral, social and cultural education at the heart of the curriculum so that pupils flourish and are well prepared for life beyond school
Ofsted, 2021