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16/01/20

The Year 8 Boys Football team picked up a much deserved first win of the season, with a 3-1 win over Glenthorne this afternoon. ⚽️ 🏆 https://t.co/jOktvmWFYO

16/01/20

Fun in origami club today! https://t.co/lFuWpctCkH

15/01/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Great effort and attitude from Sutton Striders yesterday. Braving for their first training session of the term https://t.co/MSyUJVzkj0

15/01/20

Thank you to everyone who came to the Year 8 Curriculum Evening tonight. We really appreciate your support. The presentation is available to download from our website here: https://t.co/qTFZ76TXMU

10/01/20

Today we had 24 science teachers from Korea visit our school. Thank you very much to the prefects who showed them round - they all did a great job. https://t.co/pCyAc1plu9

08/01/20

Last term a scientist from the ICR awarded prizes to Yr 7 for their amazing 3D models of cells. Prizes: 1st Edward (7U8), 2nd Viviene (7U8), 3rd Ismail (7S5). Six runners up: Jake (7H2), Ella (7A3), Leo (7U8), Evie-May (7U7), Rohal (7U8), Ethan (7H2). Well done all! https://t.co/S9jjwt4lyf

07/01/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Year 8 working fantastically hard in their first Music lesson of 2020 today https://t.co/SzRj8RXN6F

06/01/20

Retweetd From Jigsaw Arts Sutton

SINGING , DANCING, DRAMA AND CONFIDENCE! It’s under two weeks now until our new term begins at ! To book your two week trial visit https://t.co/JPUDtbzY5e or call 02086883409 https://t.co/wUsTzu0qtu

05/01/20

Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing all of our students on Tuesday morning. We have an Inset Day tomorrow. Don’t forget that our most recent school newsletter is packed full of news from last term and information about upcoming events. https://t.co/oJpSJYDKn8

28/12/19

We hope you enjoyed our recent school newsletter. If you haven't read it yet, please do - it's packed full of news, photos, and information about the term ahead. https://t.co/Dyge9o887R https://t.co/ky8MVFy2ym

25/12/19

Merry Christmas to all our students, staff, neighbours and families. 🎄🎅🏻 https://t.co/s29FNWC8c5

21/12/19

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Congratulations to the first six Year 7 students who won Commendations from our Principal in our End of Term Celebration Assembly. They have consistently demonstrated all of the characteristics we encourage our students to have. Fantastic work guys! https://t.co/pLlDsLfhpj

20/12/19

Here are some extracts from our latest newsletter which was published today. Please take some time to look through it with your child over the holidays. We hope you enjoy it! https://t.co/Dyge9o887R https://t.co/LoVVFG19nZ

20/12/19

Well done to Annabelle P who won the advent competition. What lovely entries! They are all wonderful. https://t.co/fqFYd0pnIy

20/12/19

We are delighted to share our second school newsletter: https://t.co/Dyge9o887R It's packed full of wonderful photos and exciting news. We hope you enjoy it.

19/12/19

Lunch at HASU! https://t.co/A8GhMWOLG5

19/12/19

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Year 7 students enjoying their family Christmas Lunch. https://t.co/qIPkBQUXkA

19/12/19

Christmas Lunch! https://t.co/GUeURGpNtF

19/12/19

Love the festive jumpers today! https://t.co/wnuOnm2Uwq

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Sexting

There is no single definition of ‘sexting’. Many professionals consider sexting to be ‘sending or posting sexually suggestive images, including nude or semi-nude photographs, via mobiles or over the Internet.’ 

It is an offence to possess, distribute, show and make indecent images of someone under 18.  Indecency is not defined but for most purposes, if imagery contains a naked young person, a topless girl, and/or displays genitals or sex acts, including masturbation, then it will be considered indecent. Indecent images may also include overtly sexual images of young people in their underwear.

The law was devised to protect children from adults and not to criminalise children.  However, children who take or share sexual images of themselves or others are breaking the law.  Creating and sharing imagery can be very risky but can be the result of natural curiosity and exploration.  Young people often need educating, support and safeguarding rather than criminalisation.

Schools may respond to incidents without referring to the police.  If the police are involved, they can record the outcome of the investigation as “Outcome 21”.  This means that even though a young person has broken the law and the police could provide evidence that they have done so, the police can record that they chose not to take further action as it was not in the public interest.

Dealing with incidents

• The image must not be copied or stored on another device; it should not be viewed without good reason
• The incident should be referred to the Designated Safeguarding Lead as soon as possible to decide:
- Whether there is an immediate risk to a young person or young people.
- If a referral should be made to the police and/or children’s social care. 

An immediate referral to police and/or children’s social care should be made if at this initial stage:
1. The incident involves an adult or there is a significant age difference
2. The imagery involves sexual acts and any pupil in the imagery is under 13

3. There is reason to believe that a young person has been coerced, blackmailed or groomed, or if there are concerns about their capacity to consent
4. What you know about the imagery suggests the content depicts sexual acts which are unusual for the young person’s developmental stage, or are violent
5. There is reason to believe a young person is at immediate risk of harm owing to the sharing of the imagery, for example, the young person is presenting as suicidal or self-harming

Any incidents with aggravating factors, for example, a young person sharing someone else’s imagery without consent and with malicious intent, should generally be referred to police and/or children’s social care. The school will also take into account whether the child has been involved previously in any such incident.

Deletion of imagery

Students will be informed that possession of youth produced sexual imagery is illegal and that they must delete images.  They will be informed that if they refuse or it is later discovered they did not delete the images they are committing a criminal offence and the police may become involved.

Informing Parents/Carers

Parents/carers will be informed at an early stage unless informing them will put the student at risk.  A decision not to inform parents will usually be taken with social care and or the police.  Parents/carers will be offered advice, although this advice will vary according to the way in which their child has been involved.

All parents or carers whose child has been involved in any incidents will be:
• Kept updated about any actions that have been taken or any support that their child is accessing.
• Advised on the law around youth produced sexual imagery with regard to saving, sharing, or looking at naked or sexual images of children.
• Informed about sources of support for their child, in case they are feeling anxious or depressed about what has happened. This could include speaking to a ChildLine counsellor or a GP.
• Provided with information on where they are able to access support themselves if they are concerned or distressed.
• Directed to NCA-CEOP if they are concerned about child sexual exploitation or grooming.

Parents or carers whose child has lost control of a sexual image will be:
• Directed to encourage the young person to delete images from social media accounts, if they have uploaded them themselves.
• Directed to ChildLine’s partnership with the Internet Watch Foundation to see if it is possible to get the image removed if it has been shared more widely. This must be done as soon as possible in order to minimise the number of people that have seen the picture.

Parents/carers will also be informed about how to report sexual images on individual sites to get them taken down. If the image has been shared via a mobile, they will be informed that they can contact the mobile phone operator in order to get their child’s mobile number changed.

• Directed to services for Harmful Sexual Behaviour, such as the National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service24 (020 7428 1500 or NCATS@nspcc.org.uk, an NSPCC service), if appropriate, or if similar incidents have previously occurred.

Parents or carers whose child has been sent a sexual image will be:
• Provided with suggested ways that their child could speak to the sender in order to stop future correspondences. Alternatively, if the young person prefers, informed about how to block the sender.
• Directed to NCA-CEOP if the images were shared by an adult, if their child is being contacted by adults and they are concerned about sexual exploitation or grooming

Reporting to the police

When it is considered that the police need to be involved, issues will be referred to the School’s Police. The School notes that when a report is made to the police they are not able to offer general advice on incidents. If the children involved are named or specifics are provided they are duty-bound to record and investigate all criminal activity reported.

Further information:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/609874/6_2939_SP_NCA_Sexting_In_Schools_FINAL_Update_Jan17.pdf

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/647389/Overview_of_Sexting_Guidance.pdf