Safeguarding and Child Protection

All children have the right to grow up safe from harm. 

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

The Designated Safeguarding Lead responsible for Child Protection who you should speak to in confidence if you are worried about the safety of a child is Mr Lennon. 


Worried about a child out of school hours?

If you have a serious concern for the immediate safety or wellbeing of a student out of school hours (including evenings, weekends and school holidays) please contact Bucks Social Care on 01296 383962 (daytime) or 08009 997677 (out of hours).  If you think your concern relates to a crime, Thames Valley Police can be contacted on 101 or 999.

We remind our students that they can speak to a trusted family member, healthcare professional or appropriate helpline for advice or support when school is closed.


The safeguarding team at Burnham Grammar School is: 

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Mr Lennon 

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Dr Gillespie 

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead 

Mr Bray 

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Ms Mahadevappa

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Burrows 

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Banks

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Ferreira

Safeguarding Governor

Mr A Frith 

They wear PURPLE lanyards to be easily identified.


Safeguarding Team during BGS closure

Dear students

Please read ALL of this message.

We are clearly living through some challenging times at the moment which are very different to those we are used to.

We understand that many of you have identified at least one trusted adult at BGS and a potentially long closure of the school might bring about a time when you would like to talk to somebody about something personal, whatever that may be. Your comments and feedback in the Well-being Award surveys made that very clear to us. The work on further improving our work on well-being will continue when we open again.

Below are some contact numbers in case you need to contact a member of the Safeguarding Team (or purple lanyard people, as some of you called us in the survey!).

The phones will be answered by the person to whom they are assigned only. They will be answered during normal school hours.

We will also be available via email.

Mr Lennon - 07917265038

Mr Bray - 07775413365

Mr Burrows - 07730418333

Mrs Banks - 07831265928

Dr Gillespie – 07919396212

If you do not get an answer please either text us and we will call you back or email us (leaving your number).

There is also information available on the Safeguarding page of the BGS website and in the attached document.

Look after yourselves and stay safe!

Mr Lennon


You can read the Burnham Grammar School Child Protection Policy here

NWG CSE Spot the Signs Poster (004)


National Online Safety Notice


Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command

If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know.

Get safe online logo

For information about how to stay safe while using the Internet, please read advice from 


County Lines 

What is county lines exploitation?
County lines is a major, cross-cutting issue involving drugs, violence, gangs, safeguarding, criminal and sexual exploitation, modern slavery, and missing persons; and the response to tackle it involves the police, the National Crime Agency, a wide range of Government departments, local government agencies and VCS (voluntary and community sector) organisations.

(please download document at the end of this page for more information and guidance on County Lines)


'Sexting' is an increasingly common activity among children and young people, where they share inappropriate or explicit images online or through mobile phones. It can also refer to written messages.

As a parent, it is important to understand the risks so that you can talk to your child about how to stay safe and what to do if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable.


Follow the link below for advice and support on how you can reduce the risks associated with Sexting. – Sexting – NSPCC


Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It's also known as female circumcision or cutting.

Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM. However, FGM is child abuse. It's dangerous and a criminal offence.

There are no medical reasons to carry out FGM. It doesn't enhance fertility and it doesn't make childbirth safer. It is used to control female sexuality and can cause severe and long-lasting damage to physical and emotional health.

For more information on FGM, click the link below.  If you’re concerned that a child has been the victim of, or is at risk of FGM, don’t delay – Contact the Police on 999


British Transport Police non-emergency anonymous text number: 61016 


Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people:



Information relating to cybercrime can be found at .  This can be a useful starter for a conversation with children about the risks of cybercrime.  Options also provide information for parents about this topic, including about the Computer Misuse Act, coding & free training & all the options of careers or further academic pathways.


“The Definitive Guide to Online Gaming Privacy & Safety (Are You at Risk?)”


Please note that Burnham Grammar School can not be held responsible for the content of external websites.