E safety at PHS

E safety is an integral part of the work we complete in school and is covered in our computing curriculum and PSHE curriculum.

If you have any concerns about keeping your child safe online please feel free to contact us for some over the phone advice, face to face meeting or general information.

Computing coordinator Maria Mawdesley


Computing coordinator Philip Coates


Any concerns regarding e-safety which are brought to our attention are logged for our internal records,  and to allow us to effectively plan the curriculum, training or any interventions required whether on an individual or whole school level.




Parents e-safety Training 

In February we ran our first “Parents E-safety Introduction” training sessions. Please find a link to the training here

Your feedback is much appreciated following this training session. Please fill in the feedback form below to help with future planning. It will only take 2 minutes.

Parents Feedback Form



Further Links

Please see the links below for more information/advice






Group Chats

Lots of our students enjoy using group chats outside of school through social media, gaming and messaging apps, but what do we need to know about them? What should we be looking out for? What are the risks? and are these chat forums open to strangers gaining access?

Guidance from National Online Safety can support parents to keep our children and young adults safe and help them to make the right choices. Find all the info here!


Xbox Family Settings App

It’s important to have an open dialogue and supportive relationship with your child whilst they navigate the world of tech. This includes gaming which can be a very daunting area of IT for parents to understand and keep on top of.

Xbox offer a great family sharing app which provides an overview to parents of their child’s gaming experience, provides controls and relevant restrictions which can aid peace of mind, and a safe space for all.

There is lovely video all about it here

Tik Tok

Social media platform TikTok has announced it will be introducing a new feature to encourage users to take a screen break from the app if they’ve been on it for an extended period of time.

Newsround have covered this story which can be read here

To learn more about Tik Tok, and ways in which you can keep your child safe whilst enjoying the app

See the full information sheet here

Poster provided by National Online Safety





Apple IOS 16: Family Sharing

Apple announced this week many updates across their devices. IOS 16 is due for release this September which features Family Sharing:

Manage child accounts with ease

Easily create accounts for children with the right parental controls from the start. Set your preferences for age-appropriate media, Screen Time, location sharing and more. Screen Time requests from your kids now appear in Messages, so it’s easy to approve or decline a request.


For more information, visit: https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/ios-16-preview/

If you would like any support in setting these features up, please don’t hesitate to contact one of your child’s team, Philip Coates or Maria Mawdesley


Parent E-safety session

In February we invited parents to our first Parents e-safety introduction session. If you missed it, don’t worry! You can access it here. As mentioned in the training, if you have any feedback about he session or would like some input into future Safeguarding events, please fill in the attached Google Form which can be found here!

Thanks for watching!


Family notices update: 25th June 2021

Percy Hedley Virtual Race Night 2 

 Join us at 7.30pm on Friday 9th July for an exciting evening of light-hearted fun with our second Virtual Race Night, supported by BCB Rentals Ltd 

The evening consists of eight horse races, all hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle DJ Stefan Peddy. Your racing ticket, only £10, includes one selection in each of the eight races shown throughout the evening. Percy Hedley Points will be awarded to participants with the winning horse in each race, with the grand prize going to the participant with the most points overall. 

There will be gags and anecdotes a plenty with 90 minutes of fantastic entertainment but who will be top of the leaderboard in the final furlong?! 

Click the link below to buy race tickets: 



Tim Lamb Centre 

I visited the above this week, as invites were extended to professionals to drop in. I was absolutely amazed at the work they have done over lockdown. There is an accessible swing in situ, with plans for an accessible roundabout to be added soon. Their sensory room and indoor spaces have all been upgraded and made COVID safe. They have just re-opened and at present can only be visited by pre-booking. Family membership is £15 per annum with a charge of £3 per child per visit.   

Visit their website at https://pathways4all.co.uk/ 


PTA News 

The PTA committee is incredibly disappointed that we have had to defer our long-awaited opportunity to reunite families. We wish to thank Claire Snowdon, the foundations Health and Safety Manager for attending a meeting with us yesterday at short notice. We will be watching, with bated breath the COVID exit plan over the summer.  

Thank you to our incredible families and staff for your generous donations which we will retain in anticipation of the new date. We hope that it will be the beginning of a return to normal, where we can meet again and hope that our leavers will return to enjoy the day. 

In the meantime, we have chocolate which we need to use. Our Post 16 students are making  krispy cakes which will be available for sale on Monday at a cost of £1 for 4. These will be made safely and quarantined over the weekend. Please send in £1 on Monday with your child. At this stage, I have no idea how many will be available, so it will be on a first come, first served basis. This will enable to PTA to recoup some of the costs already incurred for the summer fayre. I was visited this morning by 2 very enthusiastic students and the PTA will greatly appreciate your support of their efforts. 

We have a gift voucher we intended using for the raffle of an overnight stay for 2 at the Manor House Hotel. As this expires at the end of September, we intend setting up a draw. Details will be shared once finalised.  

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