Safeguarding at Rochester Grammar School

Safeguarding is more than child protection. Safeguarding begins with promotion and preventative action which enables children and young people to grow up safely and securely in circumstances where their development and wellbeing is not adversely affected. It includes support to families and early intervention to meet the needs of children and continues through to child protection. At Rochester Grammar School we take our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all the children and young people entrusted to our care seriously.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who has overall responsibility for child protection practice at the school is Mrs Eades.  She is assisted by a team of Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL’s), who work together to address any reported concerns relating to our students.  The Designated Person for Looked After Children is Mr Lloyd.

Students can report concerns using the following links:

Below is an overview of the Rochester Grammar School Safeguarding Team:

Below is an overview of the Rochester Grammar School Safeguarding Team:

Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Mrs J Eades 

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

  • Mrs C Brinklow – Principal
  • Mr D Lloyd – Vice Principal (Trust)
  • Mrs J Wadey – Vice Principal
  • Ms K Hemming – Assistant Principal - KS5
  • Ms A Lee – Associate Leader – Behaviour and Attitudes
  • Mrs L Wells – Head of Year 7 and SENCO
  • Mrs W Davis – Head of Year 8
  • Ms C Phillips – Head of Year 9
  • Ms M Heathcote – Head of Year 10
  • Mrs K Hutton – Head of Year 11
  • Mrs H Garvey – Head of Years 12 and 13
  • Mrs K Rogers – Assistant Head of Year – KS5
  • Ms Winder – Attendance Manager
  • Ms Williams-Brown – Student Wellbeing Manager

Designated Person for Looked After Children

  • Mr D Lloyd – Vice Principal (Trust)

If you have any queries or concerns about safeguarding, please contact Mrs J Eades or one of the safeguarding team on 0333 360 2120 or via email on

For any out of hours concerns relating to a young person, please contact Medway Children’s Services directly on 01634 334466 (out of hours on 03000 419 191), or use the link found here to their online referral form:

Concerns relating to Mental Health

For young adults, between 13 - 25

Young Minds: whether you want to know more about how you're feeling, get information about a mental health condition or know what support is available to you, Young minds can help.

The Mix: The Mix are available to help you take on any challenge you may face. Whether you're 13, 25 or anything in between. UK's support service for young people The Mix has a dedicated advice section on coping with lockdown.

Shout 85258: Anxious? Worried? Stressed? Feeling low? Text Shout to 85258 for free 24/7 support in the UK.

Calm: Movement against suicide. Free, confidential helpline 0800 58 58 58 & webchat, 5pm to midday daily.

Samaritans: Free helpline is available round the clock on 116 123.

Student Space: One-to-one support for whatever challenge you’re facing, designed for students. Whether it’s your mental health, your studies, money, housing or relationships, we’re here to support you.


Support and Concerns around Online safety


CEOP helps keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. 
Childline provides information and support on online safety and bullying.

UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services

If you've experienced or witnessed harm online we can help. Report Harmful Content can help you to report harmful content online by providing up to date information on community standards and direct links to the correct reporting facilities across multiple platforms.

Click the Report Harmful Content button below: 


Let’s Talk About It provides advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) around staying safe online
Internet Matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a variety of practical advice to support children getting the most out of their online use
Parent Info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the Nationals Crime Agenct providing guidance and support for parents/carers from professionals
Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents/carers to start discussions about their online use, supporting to set out boundaries around online behaviours and technology use, and to find seek additional support and advice
National Online Safety's provides really useful guides for staff, students and parents/carers on keeping children safe online, as well as guidance on some of the popular social media apps/websites that young people might use