STEP Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people: we expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.

If you have any concerns that a child has been harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure, please speak to one of the designated safeguarding leads – or deputy designated safeguarding leads – as soon as possible.


Designated Safeguarding Leads and Child Protection Officers

Hannah Pass – Assistant Headteacher

Lisa Brooks – Assistant Headteacher


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads and Child Protection Officers

Sarah Mitchell – Headteacher

Michael Tirrell – Deputy Headteacher

Anna-Marie Fortune – EYFS Phase Leader

Stephanie Rose – SENDCo


Safeguarding Governor

Christopher Stevens – Chair of Governors


Further details are also available in our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, which is available here.

Further details about the way our curriculum focuses on the notion of Human Values are available here.

Further details about the way we discuss safeguarding issues with our children are available here.


Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.



As part of La Fontaine Academy’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy. As part of our annual Safeguarding trainings, we ensure that members of our team are aware of governmental priorities. Related issues are now discussed at every Strategic Governing Body meeting.

What is the Prevent Strategy?

The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. As described in official documents published by Her Majesty’s Government, the Prevent Strategy:

  • responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
  • provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
  • works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)

If you are concerned that a member of staff, a Governor or potential Governor may have links to extremism or that child might be at risk of extremism, or if you have any other concern about extremism at La Fontraine Academy, please contact the Department for Education’s helpline on or 020 7340 7264. Parents/carers can also find some more information on the Educate Against Hate website by the DfE: click here.