Safeguarding and Student Welfare

Safeguarding Policy 

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Student Welfare Information

Student Welfare and Pastoral Care  

We have a designated Safeguarding lead, Dean Parsons. Kay Wilkes is the designated deputy lead for Safeguarding, and a Student Welfare Officer, Kay Wilkes welfare officer is also supported by Claire Hampson for academic needs. They are always available to discuss confidentially (where appropriate) any matters that may be troubling you, whether related to your training, or other personal issues outside the academy.  

However, it is hoped that, if you have a problem or are feeling worried, upset, or stressed that you can feel comfortable to approach any member of staff. This information will be passed onto our safeguarding leads where appropriate. 

In addition, we also offer a Physiotherapy and will signpost students counselling services where appropriate. Referrals for this are made via the safeguarding team. 

Out of college hours: 

If students need any support out of normal college working hours, students can also contact the following: or call free on 116 123

In an emergency always call 999 

Please see safeguarding team for any welfare-based advice and guidance you feel you may need.  

Additional learning support/study support 

If students have a specific learning difficulty or disability which may present barriers to learning, students will have an opportunity to discuss this with us before the start of the course.  In and out of class support can be arranged by Wilkes Academy as appropriate. Drop in study support is available to all students during their course via

We have our own sports injury specialists who visit the academy every week. To book a physio appointment please visit the Administrator’s Office.   

We view the health of all our students as paramount and as such have provision in place to address any injuries you may incur.  

All safeguarding & Welfare policies are available on request.

Care Leavers, Young Carers & Looked After Children

The Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts is committed to supporting young people from a care background who go on to study with us, and we can support you throughout your student journey. Further details can accessed via the welfare team

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