Safeguarding Contacts

As a community, we all have a responsibility for our children to remain safe and be safe from harm. At any time, if you need any advice or support due to any welfare or safeguarding concerns you can contact the services below direct for support.  

  • Together for Children 0191 5615560 (or the out of hours team after office hours on 0191 2505552) for those living in Houghton, Hetton and Easington Lane areas. 
  • Durham First Contact on 03000267979 for those living in the Durham area. 
  • Information can be found on their websites. Together for Children (Sunderland area) or (Durham area).  
  • In any emergency always call 999.  

The school DSLs (designated safeguarding leads) will be available during the school day and can be contacted via the school telephone number (0191) 5623322.  

Our safeguarding staff are: 

  • Mrs J McKeown (DSL & Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion) 
  • Mrs T Seldon (Deputy DSL, Safeguarding & Welfare Pastoral Officer) 
  • Mrs S Cooke (Deputy DSL & Senior Leader for Behaviour & Pastoral Care) 

Do not wait if the concern is urgent to contact us in school hours for advice. Call direct to the services with your concern.  

Safeguarding Policies

Child Protection PolicyView
Behaviour PolicyView

Further Information

We are now an Operation Encompass School. Children who are affected by domestic abuse don’t have to suffer in silence.

Operation Encompass directly connects the police with schools to provide local support for children who have experienced domestic abuse in their homes. Through having this support within the school setting, children are better safeguarded against the short-, medium- and long-term effects of domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass enables key adults in schools, police and teams within Sunderland City Council to train and work together to help children feel safe, secure and receive the appropriate support.

For further information about Operation Encompass, please click here

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. Further information is also provided at CEOP’s Thinkuknow for Parents and Carers at

Online Safety

The Internet is essential to our children’s education, future careers and lives. But even the most experienced Internet user doesn’t understand how children use the Internet and how to help them have a safer and more enjoyable surfing experience. We have put together a comprehensive guide below with tips and links to further information to help ensure your child is staying safe online. To view the information please visit our Online Safety page here

“My eldest son left school in 2007 so there was never any question of which school my youngest would attend in 2012. However, what a huge difference I’ve found in the school from then until now. The school is very well led with the Head being a major presence, the staff are very well respected, approachable and helpful at all levels. Examination results continue to improve which is fantastic. Pupil moral is great with reward schemes, extra-curricular activities and school excursions open to all.”

Parent of Year 8 Student

"Parents and carers are broadly supportive of the school and its new leadership. They feel that their children are well cared for and supported"

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“As parents, we are always impressed with the way in which Hetton School staff listen to comments or concerns, and act quickly and effectively, particularly when relating to pupil progress and wellbeing. There’s a good community feeling. Hetton School has good systems in place to support students’ individual attainment. It offers good opportunities outside of the school day for pupils to progress further. We’re well aware that standards and results at Hetton School have risen in recent years and continue to do so.”

Parent of Year 7 and 10 Student

"Pupils are proud of their school and its caring, tolerant ethos".

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“I am very pleased with the pastoral support. Hetton School value the opinion of students and this can only help to build self-confidence into adulthood.”

Parent of Year 10 Student

"The quality of leadership and teaching in the local authority resource provision for pupils who have speech and language difficulties enables pupils to make strong progress".

Ofsted Quote

“I have been very impressed with how well my daughter has settled into Hetton School. She has made some very good friends, gets on well with her form tutor, enjoys her lessons and has made good academic progress. The school keeps me up-to-date with how she is doing and acknowledges when she has done something of particular merit. The Parents Forum gives us a voice to bring up any issues that arise and for the school to ask our opinion also. I would definitely recommend Hetton School to any prospective pupil or parent, and with a new build coming, Hetton will finally have the building this good school deserves.”

Parent of Year 8 Student
Tyne and Wear School Sports Alliance
Triple P
The FA Charter Mark
Sunderland Mental Health Charter Mark
Sunderland Anti Bullying Charter
STEM Ambassadors Logo
Sunderland Active Gold Standard
Foundation of Light
DFE 2016 Character Charter

Staff Information

Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

If you are connected to the internet you will have an IP Address. This may take the form of a figure, such as 333.333.22.1. The address will be automatically collected and logged as part of the connection of your computer to our web server and may be used to determine the total number of visits to each part of the site. This data is not collected and used for other purposes.

This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.