As each school year begins, especially if your child has just joined us as a new student regardless of the year group, one of the many concerns you may have is will your child experience bullying and what should you do if it does occur.
As a school, we are very lucky to have significantly low levels of incidents of what is considered to be “bullying”. This is very much as a result of the dedication of our pastoral team, the vigilance of our form tutors and class teachers and the continued efforts we dedicate to encouraging and supporting positive relationships, respect and tolerance among all. Our students are very clearly aware that we do not tolerate any form of intimidation and that those who feel like exerting their influence over others in a way that we deem to be unnecessary or negative in any way will be addressed immediately.
Equally, and in-keeping with our Catholic ethos, we also dedicate much needed time and effort in supporting those who have acted in a manner deemed contradictory to our school expectations in helping them to realise the error of their ways and how best to change their previous behaviours.
So, what would we advise you to do as a parent or carer if you do have any concerns?
- As soon as you have any concerns we recommend that you make notes of what has happened, who was involved, when it occurred and who witnessed in readiness for communicating with us,
- Contact us as soon as possible to make an appointment to meet with your child’s Form Tutor. They will know your child best and will be best placed in the first instance to help,
- We appreciate that you will want the best for your child but we would ask that you are patient with us as we address the concerns or issues you have raised. The more sensitive the matter, the more time it may take to address it in a manner which will have the most productive outcome and results for all concerned,
- Keep us informed at every step – the more detail we have in a timely manner the more prepared we will be in addressing the matter,
- Look for changes in your child’s behaviour – are they increasingly less talkative, do they appear to be more secretive? Have they suddenly stopped socialising with their friends?
- If this is so – continue to keep a log and remember to keep school informed. Even if your child does not want to keep chatting with them, if they know that lines of communication are open they will talk when they feel able to,
It may sound like easy advice but we are here to listen and to help. We welcome any information you as parents and carers are able to provide as safeguarding and caring for your child is our main priority.