The Abbey School Safeguarding Statement

The Abbey School is a community and all those directly connected (staff, governors, parents, families, pupils and volunteers) have an essential role to play in making it safe and secure, recognising our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.

The Abbey School recognises the importance of providing an ethos and environment within the school that will help children to feel safe, secure and respected; encourages them to talk openly, and enables them to feel confident that they will be listened to. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

Our school core safeguarding principles are:

  • It is a whole school responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as its paramount concern
  • All children (defined as those up to the age of 18) regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection
  • All children have a right to be heard and to have their wishes and feelings taken into account
  • All staff understand safe professional practice and adhere to our code of conduct and other associated policies
  • All staff have a responsibility to recognise vulnerability in children and act on any concern in accordance with this guidance

There are four main elements to our safeguarding policy

  • Prevention ( e.g. positive, supportive, safe school culture, curriculum and pastoral opportunities for children, safer recruitment procedures);
  • Protection (by following the agreed procedures, ensuring all staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns);
  • Support (for all pupils, parents and staff, and where appropriate specific intervention for those who may be at risk of harm);
  • Working with parents and other agencies (to ensure appropriate communications and actions are undertaken).

All members of staff have a responsibility to:

  • provide a safe environment in which children can learn
  • ensure all children are able to develop appropriate strategies to recognise and respond to risk and build resilience
  • identify and recognise children who may be in need of extra help, who are suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm
  • provide help for children, where appropriate and reasonable
  • take appropriate action to prevent safeguarding concerns escalating and work with other services as needed
  • safeguard children’s well-being and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties
  • maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned and to always act in the best interests of the child
  • respond to and refer any concerns about children or other members of the community in accordance with this policy
  • Contribute towards, read and adhering to the school policies

All members of staff in The Abbey School, know what to do if a child tells them he/she is being abused or neglected. Members of staff know to maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality whilst at the same time liaising with relevant professionals such as the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the school and other agencies as appropriate.

Members of staff know they must never promise a child that they will not tell anyone about a concern or allegation as this may ultimately not be in the best interests of the child.

The welfare and safety of children are the responsibility of all staff in school and ANY concern for a pupil’s welfare MUST always be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead;

Lesley Temple and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Lee Jago.

Declaration of Business Interests of The Abbey School Trustees (Governors) and Senior Leadership Team


Mr J Kerin (Chair)


Mrs C Woodend (Headteacher)


Professor C J Bennett


Mrs W Gregory (staff trustee)
Mr R W Clarke (staff trustee)
Mrs C Clarkstone
Mrs S Keeling
Mr P J Howes
Spouse is an employee.
Mrs P Mayoh
Mrs J Landsberg
Mr T J Martin
Mrs M F Rehal
Mrs Rehal and her partner are independent education and psychology consultants. Neither are employed or commissioned by the Academy.
Mr G Wilby
Mrs D Cory

Senior Leadership Team

Mrs C Woodend
Mr K Dickens
Dr R Speller
[1] Chair of Governors for Laleham Gap - a special school within the same local authority [2] Director and Trustee of Kent SEN Trust.
Mr S Finlan
Mr R W Clarke
Mrs J Lucas
Mrs G Parsons
Mrs S Spring
Mr P Stucken
Ms L Temple


The Internet has become an integral part of children's lives, enabling them to undertake research for school projects, talk to their friends and access information from around the world. Increasing provision of the Internet in and out of schools brings with it the need to ensure that learners are safe.

Internet development is constantly evolving into ever more innovative areas with many websites enabling amazing creativity and interaction between peers.


Unfortunately, though there are times when Internet use can have a negative effect on children. Young people and parents should be aware of the potential dangers, taking measures to ensure safe usage by all.


This area of the school website is dedicated to helping users better understand the issues around e-safety and manage the risks more effectively.


We have put a number of safeguards in place to ensure that the material students access via computers, mobile phones, websites etc. are safe and those students are aware of the dangers and what to do if they are concerned.


  • All students and parents/carers sign a consent form before being allowed access to the Internet.
  • Students can still access a very limited number of known safe sites (e.g. BBC) but higher level access is only granted after a signed consent form has been seen.
  • A comprehensive e-Safety policy is in place which gives guidance to staff, students and parents.
  • e-Safety posters are displayed throughout the school, in particular in I.C.T. classrooms.
  • Mobile telephones should not be used in lessons or formal school time.
  • Students study e-Safety as part of their formal lessons.

eSafety Websites

Related Links
  Chat Danger
  Think-U-Know for Parents
  Kent County Council e-Safety
  Kent Police Internet Safety
  Cyberbullying - An Introduction
  CEOP - The Parent Guide to the Net
  Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
  Parents' Guide to Technology
  Get Safe Online Free expert Advice
  Anti-Bullying Alliance
  Safer Internet Day 2016



  Young People, ICT and e-Safety PDF
  Suggested Facebook Privacy Settings
  Online Exploitation Letter

Improving School Communications with ParentMail

We have been upgraded to PMX – ParentMail’s latest platform.

For parents, the latest version of ParentMail means you can easily pick up school messages on your smartphone by downloading the free ParentMail App on Android or iOS.

  • Access ParentMail even when there’s no network connection.
  • No need to search through your busy personal inbox for school messages.
  • Instant access – no need to login to complete forms or read messages.
  • In-app ‘notifications’ help make sure things don’t get missed or forgotten.
  • Help preserve your data allowance.

To use the latest version of ParentMail all you need to do is verify your account. Over the next few days, you will be sent either an email or text message from ParentMail when you receive this please just follow the instructions below.

If you have both a mobile number and an email address registered on your account, you will receive a registration invitation by text and email. You can decide which way you register – but you will only need to register once.

Mobile registration:

Please click on the link from the text message and follow the verification process. You will be asked to enter some details, answer a security question to verify who you are and to set a password for your account.

Email registration:

Please click on the link from the email and follow the verification process. As above, you will be asked to enter some details, answer a security question to verify who you are and to set a password for your account.

The ParentMail website has also changed to

Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Information Commissioner and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.

If you have any issues or queries with the process please contact Mr P Stiles via the school office as soon as possible.

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The School Day

The Abbey school operates a 2 week (48 periods) timetable which alternates between Week A and Week B according to a pre-published schedule.


The school day begins at 8.50 with a 30 minute registration period with form tutors. Within this slot there is time allocated to support students with literacy, numeracy, thinking skills and academic mentoring. There are also regular year group and house assemblies that take place for each student dependent on their year group.


On Thursdays Period, 4 is lengthened by 10 minutes and the school day ends at 2.30 for students. However, Year 11 students will have support and revision sessions in this time at specific points in the school calendar. The remainder of the afternoon on a Thursday until 4.45 is used for staff CPD and INSET.


Activities are available for those students who have to remain in school until 3.20 on Thursdays." 


Tutor Time/Assembly 8.50 - 9.20
Lesson 1 9.20 - 10.20
Lesson 2 10.20 - 11.20
Break 11.20 - 11.40
Lesson 3 11.40 - 12.40
Lunch 12.40 - 13.20
Lesson 4 13.20 - 14.20
Lesson 5 14.20 - 15.20

Investors in Careers

The Abbey School was the first school in Canterbury and Swale to achieve the Investors in Careers mark in 2009 and has retained the status ever since. This is a quality standard mark for the management of Careers Education Information and Guidance in schools and is evidence of the quality guidance we provide to our students. In 2015, we were successful once again in our re-accreditation.


In recent years, career education and guidance at The Abbey has had some key developments, which include:


  • The opening of a dedicated Careers Room, displaying information on careers and college/university prospectuses.
  • Upper school students all receive an interview with our CXK Adviser who provides impartial advice to our students.
  • The ‘Business Mentor’ initiative has developed and is gathering momentum where parents and local employers provide bespoke opportunities and advice to our Y11-Y13 students.
  • Our dedicated Business and Work Experience Co-ordinator supports and organises bespoke opportunities for our students.
  • The universities of Kent and Christ Church support careers curriculum delivery through a published programme of Aim Higher activities.

Useful websites include:


The school has active SIG (School Improvement Group) of cross-curricular professionals who are responsible for spearheading developments at the school.


For further information and for the complete curriculum programme please contact Mrs N Jones at the school: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Severe Weather

For most of the year we enjoy a spacious and open site at The Abbey School, but unfortunately, this presents us with many problems when we encounter snow. The long access road and car park can become impassable and the many pathways that link the various buildings are difficult to restore to a condition that will ensure the safety of the 1150 people that work on the site. The other consideration to make is that, although a few of our staff live locally, many travel from a wide area that includes Thanet, Dover, Maidstone and the Medway Towns, so that heavy snow in these areas reduces our capacity to adequately supervise all of our students, even if the snow in the town is not so bad.


Obviously, it is our aim to keep the school open wherever possible to minimise the disruption to student learning and parent/carers’ own arrangements. However, given the above, there may be occasions when the school will be forced to close.


If the school closes you will be informed by a message on the main page of the school website and local radio stations. If there is any doubt, you will see a message on the website that a decision is pending. Students should not leave home until the message confirms the school is open. If the school is open, but the whole site cannot be cleared, we will ask the more senior year groups to come into school. In certain circumstances, we will open the school later in the morning to allow for the site to be cleared, if the forecast is more optimistic.


On rare occasions when the weather deteriorates rapidly during the school day and we are concerned that students and staff might face difficulties getting home, we may have to evacuate the school earlier than 3.20p.m. However, this measure will be taken in exceptional circumstances only and we will endeavour to contact parents.


If you have changed your contact details recently please ensure that the school have been notified in case we do need to contact you.


We believe these arrangements will help to maintain the health and safety of children and staff, endeavouring where possible to keep the school open to minimise the disruption to student learning. Thank you for your support.


Snowed Off? Snow Problem!

In the event of the school being closed due to the severe weather, students can still access the VLE and work from home. We have lots of resources on the VLE including revision material and you can even access most of the school’s software from home too, using the secure gateway.

Cookie Policy

What are Cookies

Cookies are small files of letters and numbers. These files are stored on the hard drive of the device you are using, be it a PC, mobile phone, or tablet. These letters and numbers are used to allow a website to remember certain bits of information, so that the user experience can be improved next time you visit.

By using our website you agree that we may store and access cookies on your device.

How we use Cookies

When you visit our website it is likely we will create cookies which are stored on your device. For the duration of your 'session' on our website these cookies help us to deliver the correct information and ensure you only have to enter required information once, thereby improving your browsing experience.

We also use web analytics to understand how many people have visited our website, what they have looked at and how they found us etc. This gives us a better understanding of how our website is working. All data accrued cannot be used to identify personal information and merely gives us a general idea of how our website performs.

This overview of the type of cookies we use is based on categories outlined by the international Chamber of Commerce, in the ICC UK Cookie Guide. Some cookies may appear in multiple categories.

Category 1: strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function. By disabling these cookies, some aspects of a website will either not work, or not work properly, such as secure logins, location services, and e-commerce functionality.

Category 2: performance cookies

These cookies gather information to help improve the day to day performance of a website. By analysing data collected we can enhance popular pages, fix bugs and error messages etc. All data is based on totals and averages and is strictly anonymous.

For example we use Google Analytics, which creates several first-party cookies. The data that Google collects is kept strictly private and confidential and won't be shared with anyone else. We don't feel that Google Analytics is a breach of privacy as we are merely aggregating the data survey. The information that is collected is used to understand website trends and performance.

Category 3: functionality cookies

These are cookies which provide a 'memory' for the website, this enables the website to remember any personal choices you make (for example, your username, language or geographic location). A website may provide local weather reports, traffic updates and other similar localised information. These cookies are also used to remember changes you may make to text sizes, fonts and other customisable elements of the website. The information these cookies collect may be made anonymous and can't track activity on other websites.

Category 4: targeting cookies or advertising cookies

We nurture the use of social media websites and believe sharing is a key part of how people access new information. Social media networks are a popular way of doing this. To enable people to share information via popular social media, our website may have functionality allowing this type of activity.

The owners of social media websites may place cookies on users' devices and they will have their own cookie policies. We have no control over these companies' cookies policies.

How to turn off cookies

Browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These links may be helpful in helping you update your browser cookie settings if you wish to update them:

Useful links

To learn more about your rights to online privacy, please visit Data Protection Act 1998 and The Information Commissioner's Office.

The Adobe website provides comprehensive information on how to delete or disable Flash cookies - see for details.

Find out how to disable cookies by clicking on the "Manage Cookies" section of the Interactive Advertising Bureau website on the following link

Full details of the cookies which Google Analytics uses can be found in Cookies & Google Analytics in documentation for Google's Analytics tracking code. You can also read Google's Privacy Policy for Google Analytics.

Vision, Mission, Aims and Values

Our Vision:

Our vision is of a school where all students reach their full academic and vocational potential and develop into considerate young adults who are in a position to pursue their aspirations and interests as responsible members of society.

Our mission statement:

“Be the best you can be”.

Our Aims and Values:

At The Abbey School, respect is the cornerstone of everything we do and this is reflected in our aims:


We expect everyone to take responsibility for their learning.


We embrace the opportunities we are presented with and show respect to all.


We aspire to achieve our full potential in everything we do.


We enrich the experiences of all through our community partnerships.


We empower all to develop a ‘can do’ attitude.


We provide challenging lessons and wide-ranging learning.


We work together to achieve excellence.

Parent Guide

The progress of Pupils is a partnership between parents/carers, the pupil and the school

In order to make the best of this partnership, it is important that parents/carers have all relevant information regarding the school and are aware of the depth of opportunities to learn, enjoy and achieve while with us here at The Abbey School.

The guide also gives important practical information for new and existing parents alike.

Parent Guide 2015 2016

Download the Parent Guide Here.

Cashless catering at The Abbey School


It has taken the investment of time and resource on the part of the school and an investment in the region of £25,000 by Chartwells, our catering partner, to bring this exciting project to fruition. This is an excellent example of feedback from the School Council and the PTFA being acted upon to improve the school environment.


All pupils should now have registered and some have added money to their accounts and are ready to use the system. One of the main benefits of the system is that it avoids the need for cash to be brought into school. Any pupils not yet registered can do so any school day. Please speak to the Dining Hall staff.


Those pupils receiving free school meals will automatically be updated onto the new system.


How can I add cash to the system for my child to use?


Please sign in to Parent Mail using and you will see a "payments" section. Click on this section and follow the simple instructions. This service is available on PC’s, iPads and Smartphones. If you have forgotten your password, please email Mr Stiles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a new one.


These can be processed by the Dining Hall office. Please make cheques payable to "Chartwells".


Your child can use the top-up machine in the canteen. The canteen staff can show anyone having problems how to use the top-up machine. We would prefer that this method is only used for emergencies to avoid money being brought into school and queuing at peak times. If you have any general queries regarding the cashless system please email Mr Heap at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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