Priestlands School

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North Street, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 8FZ


Parent Resources

During the current pandemic phase we are continuing to monitor government guidance carefully and keep you informed of any developments.
We have a dedicated email address  covid@priestlands.hants.sch.uk  specifically for reporting contacts and positive cases.  We particularly encourage you to use this if you have a case to report outside of school hours as it will be monitored regularly.  It is essential that all parents are monitoring children carefully for Covid symptoms and if they show any one of the symptoms below, you must keep them at home and get a test.  They must not leave the house until you get the result of that test.

  • A high temperature
  • A persistent cough
  • A loss of taste or smell

For the latest Headteacher’s letters please click here.

For our latest Covid Risk Assessment, please click here.

Keeping children safe from extremism and radicalisation

At Priestlands we understand our duty under Section 26 of the Counter Terrorism Act to have ‘due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.’

Our focus is on enabling students to build resilience through:

  • Creating a safe space [for example in tutor time, PSHCE, Ethics and Life Skills] to discuss and understand sensitive and controversial topics.

  • Equipping students to think critically, make reasoned arguments and challenge things that concern them.

  • Encouraging students to develop skills to understand and manage difficult situations, and self-confidence to resist negative influences.

  • Enabling students to develop the ability to recognise and manage risks, and make safe choices.

  • Encouraging students to develop a sense of community, responsibility and belonging through engagement in school democracy and leadership opportunities, and contributing to Year Group, House and school activities including music, art, drama and sport.


It is understandable and expected that parents will want to know what they can do to keep their children safe from exploitation by those who wish to radicalise them.

There are a number of websites which provide such advice to parents. The most prominent include:

NSPCC: Protecting Children from Radicalisation

Educate Against Hate

Let’s Talk About It: Advice to parents about online Radicalisation

These excellent websites include advice for parents and carers on topics such as how to talk about extremism with children. 

If parents are concerned that a child is being influenced by extremist views please speak to someone in school.

Meanwhile the general advice for parents and carers includes:

  • Talk to children about what they do and who they befriend online, whilst respecting their boundaries.

  • Think about installing parental controls on devices.

  • Raise the issue of inappropriate content online. Have they seen any and would they know what to do if they have?

  • Don’t be afraid to talk about extremism and what it means. Be honest about your own views and allow them time to ask you questions.

  • Don’t avoid talking about extremism just because the topic is worrying, embarrassing or difficult. It is possible children will look for answers elsewhere, such as online, if they do not receive them from you.

New Forest Basics Bank – Providing emergency food for those in need – by referral & will deliver to houses. 75% of people have deliveries

FareShare’s Mobile Larder – 3 locations weekly – New Forest Basics Bank – no referral needed & small contribution asked for

The Food Rescue Kitchen – New Forest Basics Bank – no referral needed & free

Grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills - Citizens Advice – CAB can support families with energy bills up to £140 / month. There is a new office opening in New Milton at the end of the month

Head of Year Email Addresses:

Mr Caplen   Head of Year 7 staff.Caplen@priestlands.hants.sch.uk

Mrs Ritchie   Head of Year 8 cara.ritchie@priestlands.hants.sch.uk 

Mrs Haynes   Co-Head of Year 9 staff.Haynes@priestlands.hants.sch.uk

Mrs Julius   Co-Head of Year 9 staff.julius@priestlands.hants.sch.uk 

Mrs Hollowbread   Head of Year 10 staff.Hollowbread@priestlands.hants.sch.uk

Mrs Wagstaff   Co-Head of Year 11 Jenny.Wagstaff@priestlands.hants.sch.uk

Mr Boultwood   Co-Head of Year 11 staff.boultwood@priestlands.hants.sch.uk

If you do not receive a response please use the general school email address  info@priestlands.hants.sch.uk

Safeguarding Concerns

During term-time, if anything happens that you as a parent feel uncomfortable about, please phone the school on 01590 677033 and ask to speak to someone on a Child Protection matter. Alternatively please email  childprotection@priestlands.hants.sch.uk.   However, please note this email address is not monitored during school holiday periods.

At Priestlands, Hayley Yates, Assistant Headteacher, is the Designated Safeguarding Lead [DSL] and Robert Kelly, Deputy Headteacher, is the Deputy DSL.

If ever you have a concern about a member of staff working with children (in either a paid or voluntary capacity) you can report it to the Local Area Designated Officer (LADO) on 01962 876364

The Hampshire Children’s Services number for members of the public to use if they are concerned about the welfare/safety of a child is: 0300 555 1384

In an emergency, if you believe someone is in danger or at immediate risk of harm, phone the Police on 999 [101 in non-emergencies].