North Star Academy


Throughout the Woodway Federation, the safety of our students both in and outside of school is our number one priority.

We give our full support to all agencies working with the children allowing them a safe and private meeting place if necessary.

All of our teaching staff has been trained under the "team teach" methods of positive handling and it is sometimes necessary for staff to intervene for the safety of the child and people in the surrounding area. All incidents of physical restraint are recorded and the parents/carers informed. 


What is safeguarding?

 The Woodway Federation takes Safeguarding very seriously.


Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everybody’s business. It involves:


  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care


Safeguarding children is also about child protection. This means the variety of activities that take place to protect children who maybe at risk of significant harm due to emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect. Safeguarding children is a multi-agency concern co-ordinated by the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB), the local multi-agency partnership of education, health, police, social care and associated services.


If you are worried about a child and think that he or she may be the victim of, or at risk from neglect, abuse or cruelty - talk to a teacher, the safeguarding leads,  health visitor, doctor or youth worker, who will give you advice about what to do next. Alternatively, you may contact the police or your local children's social care office.


The designated Safeguarding lead at Woodstock School is Lisa Sharman– Assistant Head, and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead in the school is Mrs Julie Pester, Head of Pastoral Care. At Bristol Gateway School, the DSL is Lisa Sharman - Assistant  Head, and the Deputy DSL is Ollie Benzie - Tutor Alternative Learning Provision.


Any and all safeguarding concerns are to be reported to the DSL’s immediately which will be actioned in accordance with the schools policies and procedures. 

The nominated governor for safeguarding and child protection is Ann Wardle. 

Here are some useful links to helpful sites and agencies:


A copy of our Safeguarding policy is available below: