Safeguarding & Wellbeing
Guru Nanak Sikh Academy fully recognises its responsibilities for safeguarding and child protection. Safeguarding incidents could happen anywhere and staff should be alert to possible concerns being raised in school. All staff may raise concerns if they believe there is a risk of immediate or serious harm to the child. Student safety is always our top priority.
If you or your child has any concerns please speak to one of our safeguarding team: (All members of the safeguarding team are Level 3-Local Safeguarding Children Board Group 4/5 Trained
Mr Perryman (Designated safeguarding Lead) Secondary Phase
Mrs Dhaliwal (Designated safeguarding Lead) Primary Phase
Miss Chatur (Designated safeguarding Lead) Nanaksar Primary
Mr Weiss (Safeguarding officer)
Mr D’Onofrio (Safeguarding officer)
Mrs Grewal (Safeguarding officer)
Counsellor and Drama therapist services
At GNSA we offer an in-house counselling and drama therapist service to students to try and address the emotional needs that children and young people can have in response to experiences such as family breakdown and reconfiguration, bereavement, loss, family and peer relationship difficulties, anxiety and bullying.
Counselling can be an effective source of support for pupils, enabling them to function better both in and outside of school, enhancing their resilience and giving them resources to manage any future difficulties. Our Counsellor is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
The Drama therapist is an accredited member of the British Association of Drama Therapists (BADth) and has extensive drama and movement background, specialising in the use of creative play, stories, and movement as tool for exploration of feelings. Sessions are client led and give equal time to allow a natural progression of exploring the past and how this affects the present thinking and actions.
‘I see you’ Sixth form group
A small group of sixth form students have been trained by Mental health First Aid England (MHFA) to offer a service to our students that allows them to be honest and open about their feelings. The training has equipped the students to know how to deal with some minor issues but know how and when to refer more serious concerns. The course entitled ‘Youth MHFA Lite’ is designed to raise awareness on young people’s mental health issues and help support them more effectively. This was a wonderful opportunity for our students who gained such valuable insight on issues surrounding mental health which are sometimes not deemed to be as important as physical illnesses. Students are able to drop in to visit the ‘I see you’ group at lunchtimes in a designated area or write a note of worry about themselves or a friend in a box which is monitored regularly.