With recent events and news articles online grooming is a significant concern within society. ThinkUKnow have released specific guides for some of the key social media outlets that your child might be accessing.
If you come across a site or app that you are not sure about you can always check it on Netware.
Below are the guides supplied by ThinkUKnow.
Please see below some information the Department for Education have asked us to distribute about Service families. If you are unsure if you qualify, the link in the notice should give you guidance.
Message for Students
You may be aware of an explicit video involving a teenager and a child which has been shared far and wide on social media.
There is a police investigation into this matter which is ongoing and those people seen in the video are being supported by specialist police officers. A man has been arrested in connection with this investigation.
If you receive this video on Snapchat, via DM on Instagram, on Whatsapp or via any other social media, you should delete it immediately and tell a trusted adult – a teacher or your parents for example.
It’s really important that you understand that if you show this video to someone else or forward it on to other people, you could be committing a crime and we want to stop that happening. If you are worried about this, please talk to a trusted adult. You won’t be in trouble if you have made a genuine mistake.
If you know anything about this video or how it came to be shared, please speak to a trusted adult as this information could be important in the police investigation.
If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to anyone in person, you can call the police on 101 to report something or for additional guidance and support, you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111.
Further information for parents / carers /students – if you have queries or further information you may use the Thinkuknow website – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk – which is run by the CEOP command of the National Crime Agency. CEOP works with police forces nationally to pursue and prosecute child sex offenders.
If you are told information which could assist the ongoing police investigation or are relates to immediate safeguarding issues, please call 101 with the details.
If your child or you wants to speak to a member of school staff concerning this matter then please contact the tutor or House Leader in the normal way. Alternatively, the school’s Designated School Leads [those staff who manage matters specifically connected with child protection] are Mrs Mitchell, Mr Berry, Mr Tyreman, Mrs Tew and Miss Page.
Thank you for your support.
Please see below an urgent communication which schools South of the county [M27 corridor] have been asked to circulate at the request of Hampshire Constabulary regarding a serious safeguarding matter which has been brought to their attention.
I ask that you discuss the content of the communication with your child as soon as possible. If they report to you any knowledge of the issue or if your child has any knowledge of who the person was, what his snapchat username, phone number or other linked social media is, or has any other relevant information, please tell the school, or police, straight away. The latter can be done in private by telephoning 101 and using the reference 44170465274.
Communication from Hampshire Constabulary
On 29th November 2017 a schoolgirl was blackmailed into sending an indecent video of her on Snapchat. Once the offender had the video he then distributed this online via Snapchat to many other children. If any student has received this explicit video on Snapchat or by any other means, they must delete it immediately. If they show this video to someone else or forward it on to other people, they will be committing a criminal offence, which the police may investigate and potentially prosecute.
The school has regularly informed students of the need to safeguard themselves online and the steps that they need to take to do this. Students have been told never to send indecent photographs or videos to anyone online and if they are ever approached online to do this, they must always tell their parents or a teacher. We also remind them about the key messages around online safety and cyberbullying. It is not possible to know for certain whom you are communicating with online. Please reinforce these messages in your discussion with your child.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Uniform is available for purchase from reception. Payments can also be made online.
Please remember that uniform is compulsory for all KS3 students.
We have notified by another local secondary school of concerns raised by a number of their students regarding ‘inappropriate’ Snapchat conversations where they have been targeted by an unknown adult who has the ability to hack accounts. Police and parents have been informed. We have no information to indicate this has happened to any of our students.
Please read the attached letter for more information.
Due to the heatwave we have suspended school uniform and ask that boys arrived dressed for hot weather such as shorts and t-shirt and you may wish to apply sun cream. Students not dressed appropriately may be sent home if they refuse to follow instruction, for example heavy clothing and/or students removing shirts who risk sun burn. This will be relevant for the whole week.
To help cool the boys we are offering the opportunity to swim at the local leisure centre from 12pm and ask that they bring trunks and a towel if they wish to participate.
Thank You for your support in this matter.
Dear Parents/ Carers,
The Academy site will be closed on Thursday 25th May and Thursday 8th June.
This is a continued effort from the Academy’s Governing Body to ensure all staff devote 100% of their energy and time on supporting students in their core subject final examinations. It is expected that all students over time will benefit from this strategy. There are large entries in both GCSE English and Maths examinations, with extensive access/special arrangements. This, in turn, will impact on staffing levels.
The Academy site will have a half day closure on Tuesday 13th June.
On this day the site will be closed until 11.30am to allow Year 11 students to complete a final Mathematics exam. Hampshire transport will pick up your son and arrive at school from 11.00am.
I hope by giving you a sufficient notice period this will allow you to make alternative arrangements for your son.
If you do have any concerns around these arrangements then please do not hesitate to contact me.