Bullying

At Castle Hill we believe that all students are entitled to learn in an environment where they feel valued, respected and safe, free from all forms of bullying behaviour. It is made clear to students that bullying is wrong and will not be tolerated.

Whilst we do not tolerate bullying, abuse or harassment of any kind and there are few bullying incidents at Castle Hill, we can never be complacent and we recognise that bullying will           inevitably occur. We have therefore put in place  a robust Anti-Bullying Policy that encourages staff, students and parents to work together to tackle bullying.

The full version of this policy can be viewed here: Anti-Bullying Policy

We have also produced a more concise version of this policy for parents which highlights key ways in which you can support your child and this can be viewed here: Anti-Bullying Policy for Parents

If you have any questions or comments about our Anti-Bullying Policy please contact our Deputy Headteacher, Mr Thomas.

Both of these documents are also available from the school office.

 

The following organisations can also offer support:

Bullying UK 

Website: www.bullying.co.uk

YoungMinds Parents Information Service

Telephone: 0808 802 5544

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Kidscape

Telephone: 08451 205 204

Helpline: 0845 205 204

Website: www.kidscape.org.uk

NSPCC/Childline

Telephone: 0800 1111

Website: www.childline.org.uk

Anti-Bullying Alliance

Website: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

Childnet (for information on cyber-bullying)

Website: www.childnet-int.org

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)

Website: www.thinkuknow.co.uk

 

Anti Bullying Quality Mark

We are in the process of pursuing the Anti-Bullying Quality Mark (ABQM). This is a national award that enables schools to demonstrate to students, parents, OFSTED and others that the safety of students is taken seriously and bullying is not tolerated.

Achieving the award demonstrates that

  • School has a positive, progressive, inclusive ethos
  • Everyone in the school community knows that bullying is not accepted or tolerated
  • Students can come to school without the fear of being bullied

Parents can feel confident that, should bullying happen, they know who to approach and can be reassured that it is dealt with efficiently and effectively.

We are currently in the process of compiling a portfolio of evidence and hope to seek accreditation at Bronze level in January 2018.

Mrs Hunt represents the Governing Body on our ABQM Working Party.   

 

Restorative Ambassadors

Our student Restorative Ambassadors are a peer support scheme which we use to try to help re-establish a relationship between students who have had a minor fallout. Any students picked up by the Behaviour and Inclusion team for a minor dispute can be referred to our Restorative Ambassadors by a member of staff. Meetings are arranged and overseen by members of staff. The Restorative Ambassador selected to partake in a Restorative Meeting will lead a meeting between the students who have fallen out, asking questions and offering suggestions to help them resolve their differences.

The aim is to put in place long term solutions to minor squabbles which would otherwise keep recurring and even escalate into more serious incidents.