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Orchard Park High School

Safeguarding updates

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact your child's form tutor, head of year or the safeguarding team at Orchard Park High School. 

Safeguarding updates will be posted below and on our Twitter feed @orchardparkhigh. There are also links to many useful resources about online safety here.

County Lines Week - useful information

It was County Lines Week at the beginning of March, and we have been given some posters containing useful information by the Safer Schools Team at the Metropolitan Police to share with families and students. These posters can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

A safe place for students walking home

Due to the recent incidents where children have been robbed of their mobile phones in this area, Stephen Mears Funeral directors have kindly offered a safe place for any student walking home from school should they need it. They would be happy for any student to knock on the door if they feel unsafe on Elmers End Road (they are opposite the crematorium).

Their full address is:
Steven Mears Funeral Directors
171 Elmers End Road
Beckenham  BR3 4SZ


We would like to make you aware of an attempted robbery on a female student who was walking home from school along the Firsby avenue/woodland way alleyway on Monday evening. 

Please ask your children to avoid this alleyway and advise them to walk along the main roads where possible. We advise to keep their mobile phones in their bags and avoid walking alone. 

Please report any incidents immediately to the police via 999. 

Vaping – the facts

We have some useful information about vaping to share with families.

Please see the attached toolkit and the attached carers and parents' leaflet.

Cali Vape pens

As the commissioned substance misuse provider for the borough of Croydon, I would like to  support the young people and the schools that have been effected.

Change Grow Live (CGL) offers a range of interventions that support young people who are using. misusing and at risk of using a substance. They offer individualised support using evidence-based psychosocial interventions, bespoke workshops and professional training with a robust commitment to multi-agency partnerships that enable our young people to thrive.

Please see the attached leaflet and the website here: 
Referrals - Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service - Croydon ( 


We have been alerted by police that over the past week there have been a number of instances of young people collapsing/passing out after the use of a vape called a Cali Pen. A Cali Pen is a disposable vape pen containing CBD (Cannabidiol).  There is little research around the long-term effect of any vape and, obviously, it is illegal to sell vapes to anyone under 18. We encourage you to have conversations with your children around the dangers of vaping and reach out for support if needed.

Crime prevention advice

A useful sheet from the Metropolitan Police about crime prevention and personal safety can be downloaded here.

Registering your child’s mobile phone

As I am sure you are aware, thefts of mobile phones during street robberies are rising in the Croydon area.

With the return to school after the festive season, it is a timely reminder that serial numbers (IMEI numbers in particular) of high value items such as mobile phones/tablets can be registered free on the National Property Register for mobile phones, laptops, bicycles etc. The website to register on is:

In the event that an item is stolen and subsequently recovered by the Police, if the item is registered, this increases the chances of it being identified as stolen and subsequently being returned to the owner.

Non-violent resistance workshop 

NVR is an approach that helps adults in caring roles to resist violence, aggression, coercion and control from within the family. They are running workshops in January for parents and carers. More information is available here.

Safety (to and from school) at night and over the holidays

It is really important you are having conversations with your children about keeping safe on their journey to and from school.

It is inevitable that they will be travelling through busy parts of Croydon and Bromley – here are a couple of tips you can share:

  • Ensure you look carefully before crossing the road and use junctions. 

  • Take your headphones out – although good to unwind and listen to music, ensure the volume isn’t so loud you are unaware of your surroundings.

  • Travel with a friend – work out if you have a friend who lives near you and agree to travel together.

  • Stay downstairs on the bus – although not always possible, try and stay downstairs where you are in clear view of the bus driver and adults who will be able to support if necessary.

  • Don’t take shortcuts – stick to main well-lit roads instead of crossing parks to remain as visible as possible.

  • Have credit on your phone – phones are a tricky one to manage, but if you are using a phone, ensure it has credit so you can contact someone in an emergency.

If your child is concerned about anything outside of school, their main contact should be their parents or the police. We want them to come and tell us if anything has happened so we can continue to support them in school.