Safeguarding at Chigwell

Mental health and wellbeing are very important to us. Our extensive programme includes pupil training via assemblies, dedicated tutor time and visiting expert speakers.

Robust Procedures

Robust safeguarding procedures are implemented by a qualified team, with excellent support from the School Medical Centre, the Chaplin and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads in all parts of the School.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is built around developing emotional intelligence and resilience. Skills for good mental health are covered, as well as supporting pupils to stay calm and focused , particularly important during their exam years.

In Times of Personal Crisis

Every member of teaching staff at Chigwell has attended Mental Health First Aid Training, delivered by MHFA England, and are also trained to Level Two in safeguarding.

Staff also complete training in other aspects of safeguarding, and regular updates through e-learning, updates and external speakers. All of the Safeguarding Team, Head of boarding and the Headmaster are trained to Level 3 in Safeguarding.

A Highly Trained Team

While the tutor or a trusted teacher is usually the first point of contact for concerns pupils or parents may have, Heads of Year and Houses can be contacted along with the Safeguarding Team:

  • Mrs Claire Tilbrook, Head of Junior School Art, Design & Technology - Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mr David Gower, Deputy Head, Senior School - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mr Andy Stubbs, Head of the Junior School - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Mrs Evelyn Gibbs, Head of Pre Prep - Deputy Safeguarding Lead of EYFS
  • Miss Anna King - Senior Nurse.

By attending counselling and receiving early help this often prevents a minor problem turning into a major one, and avoids causing any on-going distress and long term problems.

Mrs Claire Tilbrook, Designated Safeguarding Lead

School Counsellor

We are very fortunate to have a school counsellor available for up to three days a week, for both pupils and staff.

Younger pupils may be referred by their parent or teacher to the counsellor by contacting Mrs Claire Tilbrook, older pupils may email to ask for an appointment.

All appointments are confidential, and take place in our school Medical Centre.

This enables privacy for the pupil, and occasionally if needed, time out care from the Medical Centre, if a pupil is upset after an appointment.

A weekly timetable is drawn up and these sessions are free of charge.

Read more on the Medical Centre.

Quiet Garden

Our ‘Quiet Garden’ is a beautiful space with a pond and a stream running through it. This is where our pupils can come to be quiet or talk to friends. The garden is situated outside of Art room in the centre of the School.

View our Quiet Garden video.

Events & Information

Notifications of safeguarding events and information are to be found on the all three Safeguarding Notice boards, these include our LGBT+ Club open to all the Senior School and friends, and future talks from visiting speakers and information.

Mrs Claire Tilbrook, Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Claire Tilbrook

Contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead