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.
We have FREE access for parents/carers to an online anti-bullying tool, which aims to give you information in an interactive way. This is a fantastic resource and includes lots of useful information. You can access it and find more information at www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/parenttool
As part of its support for Odd Socks Day 2019, SafeToNet is providing parents/carers access to its award-winning app FREE FOR 60 DAYS (ie. until 12th January 2020). The app detects cyberbullying and harmful content on children’s smartphones and notifies parents of potential risks. To access this go to www.safetonet.com/oddsocksday and use the promo code ‘ABA2019’.
The following organisations can also offer support:
YoungMinds Parents Information Service
Telephone: 0808 802 5544
Telephone: 08451 205 204
Helpline: 0845 205 204
Telephone: 0800 1111
Childnet (for information on cyber-bullying)
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
Anti Bullying Quality Mark
In March 2018 we were awarded 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.
Mrs Hunt represents the Governing Body on our ABQM Working Party.
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.