The safety and security of our students and staff are of paramount importance to us.
This remains one of the safest Colleges in London and the South East. This has been recognised by Ofsted in their last two visits where they rated Safeguarding as a key strength of the College.
Having a safe environment is so important for a student so that they can devote their efforts to being successful on their courses. There are full-time safety officers whose sole task is to keep the site safe and to look out for any possible threats to our students and staff.
Staff training takes place to ensure key staff are fully aware of the latest developments in safeguarding and that they are able to deal with any situations which may arise. The College has two Safeguarding Officers.
Any student who feels unsafe or who feels there is a threat to their well-being, should speak to a member of staff straightaway. To read more about our safeguarding guidelines please read our Safeguarding policy
Meet the Safeguarding Team
This group of specially-trained staff works with students who have medical issues, disabilities, learning difficulties and who are just in need of someone to chat to during a difficult time. They have specialist rooms in which unwell students can recover and those with disabilities can use equipment specific to their needs.
Student Welfare Officer
Student Welfare Officer
Staff in The Zone work with students who have specific requirements in the following ways:
• Support smooth transitions from school to College, including work around EHCPs
•Specialist interviews with a senior member of staff and members of The Zone
•Assistance with movement within the College
•Support with social skills development
•The purchase and maintenance of specialist equipment for equal access to study
•Assistance with personal needs if required
•Accompanying students on trips
•Special arrangements for examinations
•Liaison between academic, pastoral staff, parents and external agencies
•Enrichment activities to support the student in preparing for adulthood
•Working closely with the London Borough of Havering to develop SEND/Learning support
The College has installed the most advanced monitoring system on all computers used by students so that any inappropriate use can be spotted. Anything which raises concerns about a student’s well-being appears within minutes in a report sent to the Safeguarding Officers. Potential bullying, a student suffering with anxiety & depression, inappropriate language; these are all things which we have been able to pick up and act upon. We do not spy on students and only receive reports on items of concern. Keeping our students safe whilst using a computer is vital.
We have a confidential counselling service for students who are in need of support with their mental health and when appropriate we refer students to external agencies, often within the NHS. Students are able, within the College, to participate in sessions and join groups aimed at providing support for dealing with the more stressful aspects of life. Examples of these are: mindfulness sessions, music therapy and a personal development group.
This is not tolerated in the College. Cases of bullying are rare but when they do occur we deal with them immediately.
Our friendly and very professional safety staff help keep the site safe for all. They ensure intruders do not get on site and ensure that we maintain a calm & respectful atmosphere in College.
The College has a significant number of staff who are fully trained in First Aid and who are able to deal with most situations which might arise in a College. Students in need can access support from Reception or the Care Suite.
We work very closely with the local Police to ensure that we play our part in keeping our local community safe. Gangs are an issue in some areas, luckily less so here. We work closely with the Police to ensure we remain aware of any gang-related issues in the local area. We now have in excess of 2,300 students and we wish those who live and work near our site to feel secure and respected.