At Atherton High School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our young people. We believe that all students, regardless of age, gender, disability, racial or cultural heritage, religious belief or sexual orientation, have the right to be protected from all types of harm and abuse.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and all adults have a full and active part in protecting our students from harm. Our safeguarding processes and procedures, promote a culture of safeguarding within our school.

All staff and volunteers undertake a full enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All staff receive annual Child Protection and Safeguarding update training, and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns within the school.

When any concern about the welfare of a student is raised, staff will always act in the best interests of our students, to enable them to have the best outcomes. Please refer to our Safeguarding policies for further information.

Our safeguarding Team

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mrs L Fazackerley

Assistant Headteacher

01942 885500
Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead Mr R Mckie

Lead Practioner

01942 885500
Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead Miss L Eaves 01942 885500
Link Governor Mrs F Quinlivan
Wigan Central Duty Team 01942 828300
Local Area Designated Officer 01942 486042


We also work closely with the Local Authority and other appropriate external agencies, to ensure the welfare of all our students. Please see the contact details below:

Social Care Referral and Assessment Team 01942 828300
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Single Point of Access 01942 482411
Safeguarding Hub 01942 486262
NSPCC 0808 800 5000 /
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command) 0800 1111 /
Childline 0800 1111

“From seeing the head teacher playing football with the children on the yard, to staff sitting with pupils at lunchtime, everyone works together and there’s a strong feeling of belonging to part of something bigger than just a school”

Mrs Doyle