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There's always a huge range of jobs to do on the farm!


Retweetd From HCACP DofE

An epic hike to the top of Skirrid - fantastic achievement team!


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Planting flowers for a wedding in September! We hope the bride and groom have a lovely day and enjoy seeing the flowers in bloom.


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Made it to the top! Aiming high and with determination and courage achieving success. Looking forward to our first full day at Jamie's Farm!


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Arrived at Jamie's Farm and having our welcome meeting. Preparing to be farmers for the week!


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Great to see so many students hard at work today at the table tennis half term camp. 🏓


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Ecstatic to complete our incredible DofE Bronze Practice expedition. Great effort from the three teams! 👊💪


The HCACP newsletter for May 2021 is now available


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All smiles for another successful day on our DofE Bronze Practice Expedition


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Delighted to have the first athletics meet in nearly 2 years today. Nice to see that the sprinters have not lost it. A clean sweep in the 100m today. Well done Kacey, Ava and Gift.


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Great to see our fantastic and courageous year 9 students on their DofE expedition! We are really proud of your commitment! - Ms Owusu & Ms Feilden


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Made it to our campsite at Frylands Wood!


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All this week Croydon University Hospital are running a walk in vaccine clinic Come along for your first dose of -19 vaccine if you are: - Over 30 - A frontline health/social care worker - AND haven’t had your first vaccine dose yet 24- 31st May, 8am-7pm, Shirley House


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We're running a walk-in clinic at the Phoenix Community Centre on Friday 28th May from 4.00pm -7.00pm. If you're over 40, a frontline health & care worker, or in an 'at-risk' groups & haven't been vaccinated, you're welcome to attend. No appointment needed.


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Another hard fought win on the road for the basketball academy against our good friends from The Norwood school.


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Today it was the turn of the Yr8 boys football and girls rugby teams to get back to business. Thank you and for the fixtures.


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The year 7 girls and 8 boys basketball teams were in action tonight. 2 fantastic team performances. Thank you and for the fixtures.


Year 10 Updates from HCACP. Work experience and Mock exam timetable.


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Our campsite in Frylands Wood. Time to get packing away soon!


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Cooking pancakes for breakfast on the trangia stoves! Getting ready for another successful (and hopefully sunny) day on our Bronze practice expedition.

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On this page, you will find the details of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs) and what to do if you ever have a safeguarding concern about your child or any other child here at HCACP.

You will also find a number of links which will provide you with useful information about a range of safeguarding concerns and issues and this is updated on a regular basis.

The Safeguarding Team

Safeguarding 2021

If you have any safeguarding concerns, you can call the Academy on 0208 771 2261 or via the email addresses below. In the first instance, please contact David Marillat (DSL) or Nicole Small (DDSL).

Name Role Contact Details
Katherine Cumberbatch Executive Principal
David Marillat Vice Principal/ Designated Safeguarding Lead/Prevent Lead (DSL)
Michael Williams Head of Academy (DDSL)
Nicole Small Academy Welfare Manager (DDSL)
Janet Cusick Attendance Officer (DDSL)
Andre Gordon Mentor (DDSL)

Our safeguarding statement of intent

The Academy is committed to the vital contribution that all governors, staff and support staff make to safeguarding students. We aim to ensure that child protection concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the specific needs of the individual child. Through providing a caring, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of all our students, we aim to foster an atmosphere of trust, respect and security.

Working to safeguard children

To ensure that all students are safe, we work in conjunction with partnership agencies, staff, parents, visitors and members of the community to support our safeguarding procedures. We take our responsibilities for safeguarding children in our care seriously.  Many students have expressed their appreciation of the amount of support that the school has given them.

We work closely with our Safer Schools Team (Metropolitan Police) and they act as a first point of contact between the Academy and the police.

HCACP recognises the difficulties that young people and their families face in today’s society every day. We are committed to offering equal opportunities and support to all of our students.

The school runs activities and workshops to raise awareness during the school year to support students’ understanding and management of potentially unsafe or concerning situations including bullying, online safety and other specific safeguarding issues that may arise.

Support and mentoring schemes are made available to students to equip them with the required tools to make the right decisions and develop independence whilst keeping themselves safe by knowing how to access help when they need it.

Please see below the specific safeguarding concerns that could arise and some links to guide you.

Child missing from education

At HCACP we have put in place appropriate safeguarding policies, procedures and responses for children who go missing from education, particularly for those with persistent absences.

All children, regardless of their circumstances, are entitled to a full time education which is suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs they may have. Local authorities have a duty to establish, as far as it is possible to do so, the identity of children of compulsory school age who are missing education in their area.

It is essential that all staff are made aware of the signs to look out for and the individual triggers to be aware of when considering the risks of potential safeguarding concerns such as travelling to conflict zones, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and criminal exploitation.

All schools must inform their Local Authority of any student who fails to attend school regularly, or has been absent without the school’s permission for a continuous period of 10 school days or more, at such intervals as are agreed between the school and the local authority. Download the Children missing education: statutory guidance for local authorities.

Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs. It is illegal in the UK and a form of child abuse with long-lasting harmful consequences. Professionals in all agencies, and individuals and groups in relevant communities, need to be alert to the possibility of a girl being at risk of FGM, or already having suffered FGM.Click here to download the FGM Booklet for Professionals and Families.

Child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people receive something (for example food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, gifts, money or in some cases simply affection) as a result of engaging in sexual activities. Sexual exploitation can take many forms ranging from the seemingly ‘consensual’ relationship where sex is exchanged for affection or gifts, to serious organised crime by gangs and groups. What marks out exploitation is an imbalance of power in the relationship. The perpetrator always holds some kind of power over the victim which increases as the exploitative relationship develops. Sexual exploitation involves varying degrees of coercion, intimidation or enticement, including unwanted pressure from peers to have sex, sexual bullying including cyber bullying and grooming. However, it is also important to recognise that some young people who are being sexually exploited do not exhibit any external signs of this abuse. Visit the NSPCC website for more information about preventing abuse.

Keeping children safe in education - government guidance

The government publishes statutory guidance for schools on keeping children safe in education settings. See the guidance for school and college staff.

Specific safeguarding issues

Expert and professional organisations are best placed to provide up-to-date guidance and practical support on specific safeguarding issues. Please visit Also available is the government guidance on the issues listed below via

Online Safety

The Think You Know website is created by the police for parents of children at secondary school. It contains useful information about:

  • what children are doing online
  • how to talk to children about what they are doing online
  • what risks your child might face
  • what tools are there to help them stay safe.

Think You Know have also produced a Parent’s Guide to E-Safety and also the following booklets to provide parents/carers with helpful information on how to explore and monitor their children’s apps.

In January 2018 the Department for Education issued new guidance on searching, screening and confiscation of electronic devices in school. Download the guidance here: Searching, screening and confiscation at school.

Other useful information and advice – Free up-to-date security advice – Website of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre - Resources for professionals working in the area of safeguarding with children and young people, but could also  be of interest to parents
Kidscape - Helping young people, parents and professionals with the skills to tackle bullying and safeguarding issues across the UK
Childline – Childline is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19
NSPCC – The leading children’s charity in the UK
Talk to Frank – Advice for young people

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