Supporting students


Safeguarding and Wellbeing VISION

To support the College in ensuring that all students have the skills and knowledge to be school ready, work ready and life ready. To ensure that students are effectively safeguarded from the potential risk of harm and that the safety and well-being of the children is of the highest priority in all aspects of the school’s work. We believe that every student, regardless of age, has at all times and in all situations, a right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice which results in a student being physically or psychologically damaged. We have a duty to ensure that every student has a voice and that their perspective, opinions and feelings are listened to.

 Safeguarding and Wellbeing processes are integrated across the college to ensure that additional needs are met but also identified in a timely manner and targeted with appropriate interventions with shared goals between teaching staff, students and parents. We aim for students to leave us as happy and successful individuals who understand their needs and have the ability to self-advocate when required. 


Mrs N Ola-Craig

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs C Huddart

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss Fox

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Ms M Gostelow

Governor Safeguarding Link

Safeguarding leads

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Huddart
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Ola-Craig
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Fox

College Safeguarding Staff

In college we have other staff members who have undertaken the designated Safeguarding Lead training.

Associate Principal
Miss Collins
Associate Vice Principal
Ms Winterburn
Assistant Principal Head of KS3 Pastoral
Miss Sheldon
Assistant Principal Head of KS4 Pastoral
Mr Plant
Assistant Principal Deputy Head of KS3 Pastoral
Mr Middleton

College Wellbeing Staff

Assistant Principal – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Ola-Craig
Shannon Fox
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Fox
Jess Askwith Headshot
Student wellbeing – Year 7
Miss Askwith
Claire White
Student wellbeing – Year 8
Miss White
Debra Gibson
Student wellbeing – Year 9
Miss Gibson
Jo Cox Headshot
Student wellbeing – Year 10
Miss Cox
Danielle Wilson
Student wellbeing – Year 11
Mrs Wilson

Governor Safeguarding Link

Chair of Governors
Ms M Gostelow


Horizon Community College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students. Horizon has a committed team of staff who are trained as Designated Safeguarding leads or ‘DSL’. Along with Deputy DSL’s and Student wellbeing staff

Parents and Carers can feel confident that robust procedures are in place to ensure that all staff are suitable to work with students here at Horizon.

It is important to us that parents, carers and students perceive Horizon Community College as a safe space and encourage children to talk freely about any concerns or worries which may affect educational progress.

Students will be taken seriously if they seek help from a member of staff. Students may be referred for additional bespoke support from external agencies and will always endeavour to work in partnership with parents to inform them of additional support required or accessed for their child. However, staff cannot guarantee to consult parents first, or to keep student’s concerns confidential, if a referral must be made to agencies in order to safeguard the student’s welfare.

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 is statutory guidance that schools and colleges in England must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Code of Practice, DFES (2015)

If you have any Wellbeing concerns regarding your child please visit our Wellbeing section of the website by Clicking here.

Frequently asked questions

You can contact your relevant school team by contacting them by phone or by using the contact form below.

In addition, you can contact the safeguarding and wellbeing team by using the student wellbeing email address


Please note, as an educational establishment, we respond to the needs presenting in the classroom. If you feel that your child requires a medical diagnosis, please approach your GP and share your concerns. They will make relevant referrals to include the appropriate professionals. 

Horizon can make referrals to outside agencies such as MIND, CAMHS, COMPASS, SYEDA and Chilipep.

We have a dedicated team of staff that can offer internal interventions and support when needed.

We also may refer out to agencies such as Police and Barnsley Children’s Social care.

 This is not an exclusive list of services available, if you wish to know more then please contact us.

Each student is reviewed individually, and referrals and interventions are based on need.

If you have worries or concerns regarding a child or young person, you can speak to a DSL or Deputy DSL or you can contact Barnsley Social Care on 01226 772423.

If you believe a child or young person to be in immediate danger, please contact the Police on 999.

To report a non-emergency crime or accident call 101 or go online

Useful Contacts

The contacts below can help you stay safe and inform you what to do if you are worried about yourself, or someone else.

If you are feeling bullied contact;

Childline  or 0800 1111 or

NSPCC – or 0808 800 5000

If you have been affected by crime you can be supported by

You don’t have to have reported the crime to the Police to gain this support.

We have a dedicated team of staff that can offer internal interventions and support when needed.

We also may refer out to agencies such as Police and Barnsley Children’s Social care.

 This is not an exclusive list of services available, if you wish to know more then please contact us.

Each student is reviewed individually, and referrals and interventions are based on need.

If you want information on how to look after yourself and how you can feel better, the following can help: Compass Mindspace offer sessions in School

You can get in touch with Barnsley Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) using their Single Point of Access (SPA) by calling 01226 644819 or dropping in to their centre Mon-Fri 9am-5pm at the New Street Health Centre.

If you want facts about drugs, where to access advice if you’re using drugs and want to stop, visit the Talk to Frank website –

There is also a confidential online chat and free helpline where you can speak to a trained drugs counsellor by calling 0300 123 6600

For tips on staying safe online visit or

If you are upset due to issues online, speak to an adult or contact Childline on 0800 1111

You may not know you are being sexually exploited. This can happen to boys and girls. If you have concerns for you, or anyone else

BSARCs (Rape and abuse) 01226320140

Police emergency 999 112, non-emergency 101 or report it online at

School Nursing Service – Call the Single Point of Access (SPA) 01226 774411

Samaritans – 116 123 (Call for free)

Missing people – 116 000  (Call or text for free from mobiles or landlines)

NHS direct – 111

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue – 0114 2727202

National rail enquiries – 0345 7484950

Meadowhall – 0333 3132000

Important Documents


Drug, Alcohol and illicit substances

Safeguarding and Child protection

Social Media And Security Information


Important Information

Dear Parents/Carers

Please note the College is open today and Year 11 will be expected on site for their Mock Examinations. However, for Years 7 to 10, if you cannot get your child to school safely today, then please ensure that they access remote learning via Teams. For safeguarding purposes, please email in to if your child is not going to be in and will be accessing Teams.

Any child who accesses Teams remotely today will receive a present attendance mark of a B code (educated off-site). If your child does not access Teams then they will be classified as absent Please note that attendance codes will be updated throughout the day.

Mrs Huddart


College Calendar

  • Tuesday 12th December – 14th December – School Show
  • Tuesday 16th January – Y8 Parents Evening
  • Tuesday 6th February – Y11 Parents Evening 2
  • Tuesday 27th February – Y9 Parents Evening
  • Tuesday 16th April – Y10 Parents Evening
  • Tuesday 30th April – Y7 Parents Evening