Bournside is fundamentally opposed to all forms of bullying. We are proud to have been the first secondary school in Gloucestershire to be awarded the Bronze Anti-Bullying Quality Mark by ABQM-UK (Anti-Bullying Quality Mark-UK) in 2018. This national scheme shows how good schools are at preventing bullying by challenging them to set up effective and sustainable anti-bullying policies and strategies and make them part of everyday life.
What is Bullying?
Bournside students have chosen to adopt the Anti-Bullying Alliance definition of bullying which is: ‘the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace.’ A useful mnemonic for identifying bullying is ‘STOP‘– Several Times On Purpose.
We use several strategies to investigate and respond to the rare incidents of bullying, one of which is our student-led Anti-Bullying Ambassadors (ABA) programme which every student has the opportunity to join.
Student ambassadors in Years 9, 10, 11 and Sixth Form are trained to support students who are unfortunate enough to encounter any rare incidents of bullying at Bournside. Our ABAs listen, offer advice, and can even offer a voice for students who may not be confident enough to report a problem. They will always encourage students to tell an adult.
ABAs visit tutor groups in Years 7, 8, and 9 throughout each term and are visible during student social time via their Anti-Bullying badge. The ABA Student Frog page offers students advice, and the opportunity to send a referral of concern. Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are encouraged to report any incidences of bullying either to a member of staff or through the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Most students find it easier to speak to their tutor first. Parents/carers can report incidences of bullying directly to their child’s tutor.
Each year we participate in National Anti-Bullying Week and run a range of activities to raise awareness and encourage students to think about being kind to each other:
- Stand-up selfie
- Odd Socks Day
- Ambassadors club
- Parachute club
- ‘Lend a hand for bullying’
- Fancy dress parade
- Anti-bullying pledge wall
- A short story/poem competition with the theme ‘stand up to bullying’.