St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy fully recognises that keeping our students safe and promoting their wellbeing is of utmost importance. Everyone who comes into contact with children has a role to play in safeguarding. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to become equipped with the skills they need to keep themselves safe and lead healthy lives. Our PHSE programme, assemblies and tutorial programme enables students to develop the attitudes needed to lead responsible lives. We encourage our students to talk to an adult if they are worried or in difficulty, and all staff are trained in safeguarding.

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs M Lanaghan –, (0191) 565 8904

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs F Collins – (0191) 565 8904

Director of Pupil Support – Mrs K Richardson-Dunn

Safeguarding Governor – Mrs Maureen Galbraith

Designated Teacher for Cared for and previously cared for children – Mrs M Lanaghan

BCCET Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2022-2023

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass Letter to Parent/Carer

Northumbria Police MDMA Info Leaflet For Children and Young People Oct 2020

County Lines Information for Parents and Carers

Safeguarding Video

Useful resources for Parents, Carers and Students:

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Our Wellbeing Team


Anna Freud

Coping with self harm – Charlie Waller

Mental health problems in young people – Charlie Waller

Charlie Waller

Looking back and planning ahead toolkit

Improving self esteem

Coping with exam pressure – a guide for students – GOV.UK (

What can schools do about examination and test anxiety – The Ofqual blog

How to talk to your students about exam anxiety – The Ofqual blog

Understanding test anxiety – The Ofqual blog

Access to Webinars for young people on managing well-being and anxiety


E-Safety Guidelines Policy

Bring Your Own Device Policy

National Online Safety

UK Safer Internet Centre



Online Safety Tips for Parents of 11-13 year olds – Internet Matters

Online safety Guide 14+ years – Internet Matters

Digital Resilience Toolkit 11-13 years – Internet Matters

Digital Resilience Toolkit 14+ years – Internet Matters

Internet Matters



Anti-Bullying Policy


Anti-Bullying Network


Tackling Extremism

Educate Against Hate – Prevent Radicalisation & Extremism

Supporting your child’s mental health during the period of school closure

Parent Booklet Covid

Happiness Calendar

Top ten tips for coping with change for parents

Secondary wellbeing challenge pack 2020

“Signpost North East and North Cumbria!” is a collection of Wellbeing and Mental Health Resources and Services in our area

County Lines Parent and Carer Information

county lines parent and carer leaflet

Supporting Organisations

The Bread and Butter Thing

Support Groups for Parents/Carers May 2022

Parent/carer group sessions and webinars taking place this half term (May 2022) with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

We would like to invite you to attend a 4-week online “Connecting Parents and Carers” group, starting in the week of 9th May 2022, in collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre Schools Support Service. The groups will run for 3 consecutive weeks, with a break during half term and the last group session taking place in the week of 6th June 2022.

Please note that, following feedback, they are offering for the first time a Dad/male carer group. The structure of the group is the same as the one for all parents/carers, but will aim to also think about the specific challenges faced by Dads and male carers of adolescents.

This is a link to a short video outlining further information about the groups:

  1. Monday 9, 16, 23 May and after half-term 6 June 12-1pm
  2. Tuesday 10, 17, 24 May and after half-term 7 June 1-2pm
  3. Tuesday 10, 17, 24 May and after half-term 7 June 7-8pm
  4. Wednesday 11, 18, 25 May and after half-term 8 June 12-1pm
  5. Wednesday 11, 18, 25 May and after half-term 8 June 7-8pm (group for Dads and male carers)
  6. Thursday 12, 19, 26 May and after half-term 9 June 5-6pm

There are 5 webinars running with the following topics:

    • Building resilience, staying connected and nurturing your relationship with your teen
    • Adolescent self–harm: how to make sense of it and when to seek support
    • Weathering the storms of strong teen emotions: do’s, don’ts and when to consider talking to someone
    • Anxiety in adolescence: how can parents help?
    • Managing teen behaviour that challenges: tips and tricks

Should you require any further information do not hesitate to contact Mrs Lanaghan (Deputy Head).

School Support Service Parent and Carer groups – April-May 2022

School Support Service Webinars for Parents and Carers – May 2022

Schools Support Service

Our school is offering support sessions for parents and carers.

These are being delivered by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF), a leading mental health and wellbeing charity.

This is an individual 45-minute appointment via phone or video call with specialist staff from AFNCCF. 

The offer is one appointment with one optional follow up appointment.

You are welcome to use this session to bring worries and concerns about your young person and/or the parenting relationship.

The Centre will provide appointments as quickly as possible, and at a time convenient for you.

To book a consultation call please use the following link:

If you have any queries, please contact us at:


Parent and Carer Support sessions in conjunction with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Relevant Policies