The Council and the Governing Board are committed to the highest possible standards of openness, honesty, integrity and accountability. As part of this commitment the Governing Board is keen that activity, which falls below these standards, is reported to the school (or Council) in order that it can be dealt with promptly.
The Governing Board acknowledges that the public and staff are often the first to realise that there may be something seriously wrong within the school and wish to encourage those with concerns about any aspect of the school’s work to come forward and voice those concerns. Usually these concerns are easily resolved. However, when they are about unlawful conduct, financial malpractice or dangers to the public, other staff or the environment, it can be difficult to know what to do.
You may be worried about raising such issues or may want to keep the concerns to yourself, perhaps feeling it’s none of your business or that it’s only a suspicion. You may also fear you may not be taken seriously or be victimised in some way. If you work within the school you may also feel that raising the matter would be disloyal to colleagues. You may decide to say something but find that you are not sure how to raise the issue or are not sure what to do next.
The purpose of this policy is to:
This policy should enable you to raise your concerns about suspected malpractice at an early stage and in the right way. The Governing Board would rather that you raised the matter when it is just a concern rather than wait for proof.
If something is troubling you, which you think the Governing Board should know about, or look into, please use the processes described in this policy to report your concern. Please don’t ignore the concern.
You can read our full Whistle Blowing Policy by downloading the PDF below:
Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR3 4EE
Tel: 0191 561 5777
Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA
Tel: 0191 561 4777