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The Duke of York's Royal Military School

A co-educational boarding school for students aged 11-18

Health and Wellbeing

Mr Steff Dowle, Assistant Principal Behaviour, Welfare and Safety (Designated safeguarding Lead) would like to introduce the safeguarding and welfare support team and support available. 

Steff has been at the school for 12 years and previously the deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and is also the School RSM.

The safeguarding team consists of: Mr Alex Foreman, The Principal, Mr Steven Saunderson, Miss Fiona Dunn, Mrs Avril Saunderson, Mr Dave Wozencroft, Mr Ed Pallant, Mr Jolyon Marsh and Mrs Emma Dixon and supported by Miss Holly Mullins our safeguarding admin support. Working closely alongside this extensive and experienced team are the wellbeing support staff Mrs Jen Norman and Mrs Colette Thorns.

Together the team provide support to students and staff in all aspects of safeguarding and welfare. In addition, the School has developed a detailed relationship with many external support groups in order to further enhance the provision we are able to deliver to our students. Our strong bond and close links with children’s services and Kent County Council ensure a proficient and up-to-date level of knowledge for all our staff and not just our safeguarding and wellbeing team.

Through a structured programme of PSHEE and external presentations and workshops we provide our students with education and access to information to keep themselves safe online, in school, out of school and at home. We would like to extend this knowledge and support to parents through the below links that we feel will help with subjects such as online safety and mental health concerns.

 Mr Steff Dowle can be reached at

Mr Steff Dowle
Assistant Principal Behaviour, Welfare and Safety (Designated safeguarding Lead)

For Students


Safety net kids 

Think you know



Eating disorders 

Mind eating disorders 

Childline bullying

Reducing Exam Stress: Ideas for teachers and parents

For Parents

What not to do if a child is self-harming

Understanding self-harm and finding safer alternatives 

If a young person is self-harming does it mean they are suicidal? 

Depression - warning signs and when to worry 

How to start a conversation about mental health when you're worried about a friend 

4 ideas for supporting a child with anxiety 

Box Breathing Technique - simple strategy to calm anxiety

Promoting positive body image - ideas for teachers and parents 

Eating Disorders: I think my child has an eating disorder – what should I say? 

Let's mean it when we ask "How are You?"   

B-eat Website – Eating Disorders 

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust website – Mental health and wellbeing