Safeguarding children is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-Agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children (March 2015) as:

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

Our pupils' welfare is our paramount concern. Rye Academy Trust will ensure that our schools will safeguard and promote welfare of pupils and work together with other agencies to ensure that our educational establishments have adequate arrangements to identify, assess and support those children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead for Rye College is Ali Bayley (Director of Teaching and Learning). Email:

The Deputy Safeguarding Leads are Karen Westbrook (KS3 Manager) and Paul Harrison (KS4 Manager).

Read our Safeguarding Policy