St Cuthbert's Catholic Academy


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Working Well With Children And Families In Lancashire

St Cuthbert’s staff and governors are passionate about safeguarding children and ensuring that all pupils within our community reach their full potential. This is why we engage as a Blackpool school with “Working Well with Children and Families in Lancashire.”

This partnership has the following philosophy.

Across Lancashire, we all believe that every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and that children are best supported to grow and achieve within their own families. The work of people who are alongside families when they experience challenge should be geared toward building strong foundations and developing assets and resilience so that children thrive. Equally, there will be times when, despite everyone’s best efforts to support families, children need our protection to stop them from being harmed. When this is the case, local authority children’s services will work with partners to provide this protection.

Working Well with Children and Families in Lancashire sets out the principles by which practitioners in Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool and Lancashire will work with children and families.

Should you or someone you know benefit from this level of support or you would like to find out more please click here to download more information or contact one of our designated safeguarding leads.

Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL)

Mrs Smith

Sarah Smith

I am the Executive head teacher across two Blessed Edward Bamber Multi Academy Trust schools.

I began leading Christ the King Catholic Academy in 2010 as Headteacher and eagerly joined St Cuthbert's in 2019 when I secured the Executive Headteacher position.

Leading both schools is an enjoyable and challenging task. No two days are the same and this really keeps the job alive! I love working with our school communities to help the children in our care secure great educational outcomes and guide them to be the best version of themselves.

Each and every day our staff and governor team work hard to remove the ever increasing barriers that families and children face in our school community. This is one of the main reasons that I love my role as safeguarding lead. The impact that our experienced pastoral team has on supporting those in need is a fruitful and special one.

Since being very little I always wanted to be a teacher. I enjoyed nothing more than playing pretend schools with my sister. We loved writing out registers and ticking off the children who were present. I remember it vividly. That said, I never really thought I would end up as a headteacher and safeguarding lead of two schools - strange how life pans out!

After completing my teaching degree, (Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education with QTS), at the University of Cumbria, I secured my first post as a Year 1 class teacher at Sacred Heart Primary, in Thornton.

After a series of different teaching roles there I moved to a team leader position in key stage two at St Wulstan's (now St Wulstan's and St Edmund's) in Fleetwood and then on to be a Deputy at St Bernadette's Primary in Bispham.

FInally in May 2010 I was appointed to Christ The King Catholic Primary School as Head teacher. God clearly has a plan for me remaining in Catholic education.

Outside of school I am an active Mummy to Eva (a loving and energetic young girl who left Christ The King Catholic Academy in July 2023). Together we enjoy spending time with family and close friends making happy memories. We love days out together at the beach or exploring new places. I strongly believe that schools play a vital role in preparing for a child's success in life and I am incredibly proud of the school teams across St Cuthbert's and Christ the King. It is both a privilege and a joy to be part of them.

Heather Martin

I moved from my hometown of Liverpool to spend 4 years at the University of Cumbria studying for a BA Honours in History with Qualified Teacher Status.

Following my degree, I decided to stay in Lancaster and I was lucky enough to secure a teaching role at Devonshire Primary, where I spent 6 years teaching years 2, 3 and 6. I had no plans to leave Devonshire but I was offered a 2 year secondment to the Local Authority as a Maths Consultant, supporting schools across Blackpool to teach maths. It was in this role, I met Mrs Smith and my BEBCMAT journey began.

I came to Christ the King 10 years ago as SENDCO and since then have had many different roles, Assistant Head, Trust lead for maths and current Executive Assistant Principal across both Primary schools. An important part of my role is safeguarding and ensuring our children are safe and ensuring we can work collectively to break down barriers some families and children may face during their time with us.

In my spare time, I love travelling as much as possible and spending time with my family and friends.

Lyndsey Truelove

Lyndsay Truelove

I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead at Christ the King and St Cuthberts. I am passionate about supporting children and families and improving outcomes for young people. My previous role was Family Support Manager at Christ the King for 10 years. Prior to this I worked in a Secondary School, Substance Misuse Services, HM Prisons and Residential Childcare.

Outside of work, I am Mummy to 2. We love spending time outdoors, going on adventures and travelling.

Deputy Safeguarding Leads (DSL)

Daniel Flannigan Salmon

Hannah Knighton

Mr Mitchell

Tony Mitchell

I arrived at Christ the King 15 years ago. Starting at Year Five I have worked in several KS2 classrooms before supporting St Cuthbert's in various roles. I took my first class at St Cuthbert's in 2017 and have worked across the two schools ever since. I have recently been promoted to Assistant Headteacher, but continue to teach within the school. I have several other roles, including, Educational Visits lead, ICT lead and deputy DSL.

I started teaching relatively late and was a chef for twenty years. I also ran a driving school and volunteered as a swimming coach for Blackpool Aquatics. I joined teaching after seeing my children grow through the primary phase. I had already completed a degree in Computing and took PGCE in Primary Teaching at the University of Cumbria. I have since continued studying and have completed leadership courses and finally a Masters in Strategic Leadership.

In my personal life, I enjoy anything that involves keeping fit and run and swim almost everyday. My children are all in their twenties now, so I enjoy my weekends away visiting various places - but the Lake District is always my go-to place to visit.

Mrs Franks

Alex Franks

My name is Alex I am I am family support worker here at St Cuthberts. As well as spending time with my husband and children, I am currently in my final year of my BA hons degree in family support which has given me the ability to develop a strong understanding of how best to support children, young people and families. I believe that building trust and empathy with the families I work with is crucial for providing effective support, and I look forward to working closely with you all to achieve this goal!

Mr Collins

Matt Collins

I arrived at Christ the King 11 years ago. I, initially, worked as a Year 3 teacher but have spent the majority of my time here in Year 6. I currently have several roles, including assistant headteacher, Key Stage 2 leader, English subject leader and deputy DSL. Safeguarding is a very important part of my role; it is so important that we address issues that children and their families need support with in order for pupils to flourish in our school.

Prior to beginning my career in teaching, I completed a History degree at Lancaster University and a PGCE in Primary Teaching at the University of Cumbria. I had initially worked in procurement and accountancy but felt that teaching was a far more suitable career.

Outside school I love spending time with my three young children, who are all of primary school or nursery age. I also enjoy running, football, board games, and taking part in quizzes.

School Home Support

Lisa Cropper