As a school we actively promote the values that underpin British society: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for differing faiths and beliefs. We take care to ensure that we provide a balanced presentation of opposing viewpoints to our pupils with the opportunity to discuss and explore ideas openly.

Extremist views, whether they originate from within our community - including students, staff, visiting adults, governors - or external sources such as the broader school community, external agencies, or individuals will be challenged appropriately. Any form of prejudice, discrimination, or extremist ideology, including derogatory language, exhibited by pupils, staff, visitors, or parents will be dealt with using appropriate safeguarding measures.

Prevent is the early identification of individuals who may be susceptible to the process of radicalization, with the aim of offering support and guidance.

What Is Radicalization?

Radicalization is the process through which an individual begins to adopt extremist ideologies that can lead to acts of terrorism. This transformation is not limited to a particular age group, although it often involves individuals who are 13 years old or older. Several factors can contribute to radicalization:

  • Identity Crisis: Individuals may grapple with a sense of self or identity.
  • Unmet Aspirations: Unfulfilled goals or personal crises can be driving factors.
  • Desire for Adventure: Some seek excitement or thrill in radical ideologies.
  • Perceived Threat: A perception that their culture or religion is under threat may be a catalyst.
  • Social Isolation: Feelings of loneliness or depression may play a role.
  • Criminal Behaviour: Engaging in criminal activities might be a precursor.
  • Grooming: External influences may promise excitement, glory, or freedom.

Recognising Signs of Radicalization:

Identifying signs of radicalization is essential for early intervention.

  • Online Sensitivity: Becoming overly sensitive to online content.
  • Social Isolation: Expressing an "us vs. them" mentality.
  • Increased Argumentativeness: Quickly condemning those with differing opinions
  • Content Download: Downloading extremist materials.
  • Isolation: Withdrawal from social circles, particularly if they were once social.
  • Altered Patterns: Abnormal routines or travel habits.
  • Changed Appearance: Notable alterations in physical appearance


What to do if you have a concern

If a member of staff has a concern about a particular pupil, they follow the school’s safeguarding procedures.

Richmond Prevent Lead – Naheem Bashir 07855 971199


Where the person you are concerned about is under 18 years of age, referrals should be made via the Single Point of Access on 0208 547 5008 or


Police: Dial 101 or 999 in an emergency