At Downham Market Academy safeguarding our students is central to everything that we do, and we fully recognise our responsibility under section 157 of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

We aim to establish and maintain an ethos where pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe.  We regularly evaluate our approaches to safeguarding and staff receive training every half term on both local and national issues. Our full policy is available in our Policy Bank.

The Academy has a team of staff who are all trained to the same level of Designated Safeguarding Leads, each of whom has responsibility for a cohort of students as outlined in the table below.  The named Designated Safeguarding Lead for Downham Market Academy is Sue Campbell  – Director of Student Welfare who has oversight of all safeguarding at the Academy.  We work closely with local partners at Children’s Services and in the police under the “Operation Encompass” system.  We are also extremely lucky to be supported by PC Funnell for some days each week as part of the “Safer Schools” initiative.

At Downham Market Academy we take every report of Peer-on-Peer Abuse seriously and considering the publication of DfE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 we have implemented a process whereby we can ensure that all incidents are acted upon alongside a zero-tolerance approach. All staff are trained to identify, react, and report any incidences of peer-on peer abuse to the DSLs in school. All incidents are dealt with as both safeguarding and behaviour concerns. 

If you would like to report any concerns you have with the welfare or safety of one of our students, please do get in touch with one of the safeguarding team directly or using the email

Safeguarding Team

Sue Campbell

Director of Student Welfare

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mark Eastwood


Responsibility for Safer Recruitment and Single Central Record

Natalie Paine

Natalie Paine

Deputy Headteacher

Deputy Lead DSL
Responsibility for Looked After Children (LAC)

Kirsty Ward

Student Welfare Officer

Michael Jack

Student Welfare Officer

Gareth Matthews

Head of House - Terra

PSHE Co-ordinator

Lewis Swatman

Lewis Swatman

Assistant Headteacher

Ellen Anthony

Assistant Director of Athena College

Kirsty Lipscomb-Cook

Safeguarding Administrator

PC Dave Funnell

Safer School Partnership

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