Thornbeck College

Thornbeck College is an Independent Specialist College providing personalised programmes to autistic and neurodivergent individuals

Working together to inspire, support, celebrate and equip autistic and neurodivergent people to fulfil their potential in life.

We place the highest priority on ensuring the safety of all learners at Thornbeck College. 

Safeguarding is about doing whatever you can to make sure children, young people and adults are looked after properly, kept safe and protected from harm, and senior managers take a strong lead, with responsibility and accountability for safeguarding arrangements identified clearly and at a senior level.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding Policy.

Safeguarding is also embedded throughout the school curriculum, providing learners with the knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe in all aspects of life.

Examples of safeguarding and welfare issues include:

  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Self-Harm
  • Neglect
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts/Mental health
  • Pregnancy
  • Homelessness
  • Substance Misuse
  • Female Genital Mutilation - Factsheet
  • Radicalisation
  • Sexual exploitation

The college ensures it follows and adheres to key safeguarding legalisation for both children and adults. All staff are trained in relevant safeguarding practices and receive regular updates to increase and maintain their knowledge and understanding.

The college works in partnership with parents/carers, advocates, the local safeguarding board and all staff to ensure that there is clarity and understanding of safeguarding policies and procedures including its whistle blowing procedures.

Designated Safeguarding Officer

Fay Strong
[email protected]

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer

Nicola Dunn
Vice Principal

Lee Simpson
Vice Principal
[email protected]


The ever changing world of technology creates opportunities, including challenges for learners, we will ensure that learners are confident in the safe use of technology.

Learners use the internet on a regular basis as part of their learning programmes. Thornbeck College operates a responsive eSafety policy, PCs are connected to a protected network which prevents unsafe accessibility to inappropriate material. Support arrangements are tailored around the individual assessed needs of learners.


E-Safety at Thornbeck College


    Prevent and Fundamental British Values

    Thornbeck College firmly recognises its duty to protect learners from indoctrination into any form of extreme ideology which may lead to the harm of themselves or others. This is particularly important due to the open access to electronic information through the internet and mobile enabled devices.

    The college aim is to safeguard learners, and staff, educating them on the appropriate use of social media and the dangers of downloading, viewing and distributing inappropriate material, which is illegal under the County-Terrorism Act.

    Thornbeck College vets all visitors carefully and takes appropriate action if any individual or groups are perceived to be attempting to influence members of the college community either physically or electronically.

    The college ensures that the ‘Fundamental British Values’ of:

    • Democracy
    • The rule of law
    • Individual Liberty
    • Mutual respect and tolerance of these with different faiths and beliefs

    Fundamental British Values are embedded across all aspects of the curriculum to support learners to continue to develop self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence enabling learners to distinguish right from wrong and respect the civil and criminal law of England.