The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children.

Trafalgar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and requires all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.

If you are concerned about the safety of any child in our school, you must report this to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Miss G Pearse. If you ever have cause to become concerned about the conduct of a member of staff or a volunteer in our school, you must contact the Executive Headteacher, Mrs C Copeland.

Everybody has a responsibility to keep children under the age of 18 safe and this applies to the home and school environment. Information on how you can support your child to stay safe online can be found here.

Our safeguarding team are here to help: 
Gemma Pearse
Head of School / Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mark Cathie
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Cathy Seal
Pete Dudley
Director of Student Achievement
Dan Stokes
Chris Furnell
Matt Gronow
Grant Morris
Amanda Collis
Head of Student Engagement
Tracy Crouch
Pastoral Support Worker - Safeguarding
Ben Graham
Pastoral Support Worker - Restorative Practice

For further advice and information on local safeguarding procedures, visit HIPS website:

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), also known as the designated officer, is a role set out in the government guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Portsmouth's LADO, Hayley Cowmeadow, is contactable by phone on 023 9288 2500 or email

The LADO should be alerted to all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed, a child
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against children, or related to a child
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates s/he is unsuitable to work with children.

Anyone can refer concerns to the Portsmouth Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) – 02392 688793.