We take Safeguarding very seriously at our school

Safeguarding is our highest priority. No child should suffer harm of any form, either at home or at school.

Everyone who works or visits our school has the responsibility to make sure that all our children are safe.

If you are worried about the safety of any young person in our school, you must report this to one of the Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs) in school who will act in the best interests of the child. Reception will assist you with finding and liaising with one of the DSOs immediately.

You can also contact our safeguarding team via email:

Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy (.pdf)

Safeguarding team


Sara has worked in education for more than 25 years, starting as a primary teacher, first in Plymouth and then moving to Tiverton, and she has taught every subject to every age group. Sara has also been a Special Education Needs Coordinator and Designated Safeguarding Lead. Safeguarding is Sara's passion.


Sara has been at the Steiner Academy since the beginning. Sara’s current role is supporting students’ well-being at the academy. Sara has been in education for 15 years with various roles including 1:1, mentoring students and supporting children with disabilities in main stream school. Sara has experience and training in children’s mental health first aid and counselling skills.


Theresa has done the Steiner Early Years training course in London. She worked at The Exeter Steiner School for ten years and ran the Children's garden an independent kindergarten in Exeter for two years.



Lyndsey has been in education for over 25 years, fulfilling a number of roles. Initially I trained as a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages - German, French and Italian with a specialism in Special Educational Needs. I have undertaken a number of roles over the years, in addition to being a teacher; Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Assistant Principal responsible for Teaching and Learning, Behaviour and Inclusion, Head of 6th Form, Vice Principal and most recently the role of Principal in a school in Torquay and North Devon. I am passionate about young people being given the opportunities and support to be the very best that they can be and I am very much looking forward to working closely with all at The Steiner Academy, Exeter to help them achieve this.


Jane is Head of STEM, Class 10 Guardian and Assessment Lead. She comes from a background of science and engineering having gained her degree in Materials Engineering at the University of Surrey. Including a year working and researching at CERN. She has worked extensively in the industrial and corporate sectors. Prior to relocating to Devon Jane taught within the State sector in Buckinghamshire, teaching students from Year 7 though to A'Level. In addition to a Maths and Science specialism and her PGCE she has an MBA and studied Fine Art for two years at university. Jane has travelled extensively, lived in France, completed a Half IronMan triathlon, run the New York Marathon (slowly) and has danced on stage at The Kremlin.


Claire has been a SENDCo since 2007 and has experience of working in both primary and secondary schools, working with a range of special needs. She is dyspraxia herself so has a real empathy for what it is like to be a child with additional needs. She is passionate about supporting children with additional needs and is committed to making our provision excellent! On a personal level she loves baking and we are all looking forward to our birthday cakes!

External Professionals

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Phone: 0345 155 1071
Fax: 01392 448951

Early Help Locality Contact Information, Devon County Council, South & West Devon



Phone: 0808 800 5000


Phone: 0800 1111



Operation Encompass

Supporting children through key adults

Our school participated in Operation Encompass

This scheme has been founded by Sgt Carney-Haworth and his wife a teacher and head teacher Elizabeth Carney-Haworth in 2011 which allowed police to share reports of domestic abuse incidents in Plymouth where the children had been present, with key adults at the schools they attended.

In September 2014 the scheme was rolled out across the Merseyside Police force area before being picked up by Cheshire police and Cleveland Police's force area. It is now embedded in more than 15 force.

What is it?

Operation Encompass is an information sharing initiative between the police and schools. If a domestic incident occurred on the previous evening or weekend, the police would contact a key adult Gaby Wood, DSL, or in her absence, Anja Toddington Deputy Safeguarding Lead, by the following school morning. The intention of this scheme is to have an opportunity to mitigate the toxic impact of that experience for the child at school. This scheme is being rolled out nationwide to support a child with some kind of attention, some kind of support and some kind of understanding. This helps key adults at school to potentially contextualise a child's behaviour when they arrive at school and allow the child a safe holding space and a feeling that they are not alone. 'Silent' or 'Overt' support is given dependent on the child's needs.

The single most critical factor in how children exposure to domestic violence is the presence of at least one loving and supportive adult in their life. Children without any support, who are isolated or lack nurturing adults in their lives, are more e negatively affected by their exposure to domestic abuse. (Osofsky J.D,)

Helpful Contacts:

The Devon Children and Families Partnership (DCFP)

The Devon Children and Families Partnership (DCFP) is made up of the key organisations that work with children, young people and their families. The purpose of DCFP is to champion effective partnership working, so that priorities are shared to deliver outcomes that make a real difference to the lives of children and young people.

Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse

Devon's domestic abuse helpline: 0345 155 1074
Rape crisis helpline: 0808 802 9999
Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE): 030 30 30 0112


Specialised services to those affected by domestic violence and abuse.
The victim care unit will help victims navigate and make informed choices about the organisation they wish to receive support from.
Phone: 01392 475 900


Devon Domestic Abuse Support Service:
Helpline: 0345 155 1074
We accept self-referrals and agency referrals. For self-referrals please call our helpline.


Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?
Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors.