National Anti-Bullying Week takes place every November but here at St. Mary’s our stance against bullying is active all year round
What do we do?
First of all we work hard to make sure that St. Mary’s Catholic High School is a happy place to be. Every student from Year 7 to 13 has a Form Tutor who gets to know them well and who, over the years, builds a special relationship with their form.
We also have well qualified and experienced Year Leads who work closely with all students, staff and outside agencies to listen and support students when necessary.
We promote the responsible use of social media through policies, assemblies and form time activities.
We have a House system which focuses on other people by doing works of charity, rewards, community work with the common goal of ‘Making a House a Home’.
We are a Catholic School
Our Gospel values underpin everything that we do. We encourage all students to follow Jesus in treating others as we would want to be treated ourselves. This message is constantly reinforced through Form Time, during Class Time, Assemblies and through Collective Worship. We look to our House Patrons for leadership too.
Training and Raising Awareness
Staff and students receive training every year on bullying issues, strategies on how to tackle them and how to help someone who is being bullied. We use posters to display students’ thoughts, the website, newsletters and assemblies to all promote the anti-bullying message. This is reinforced every November when, for two weeks, we support the National Anti-Bullying Campaign. During these weeks there is an increased focus on the anti-bullying message through assemblies, lessons, student focus groups and questionnaires.
How to Share Your Concerns
We take bullying seriously. Unfortunately, we can never say we are free from bullying behaviour but we can say that we work hard to prevent it and once we know there is bullying going on, we deal with it.
There are several ways you can report bullying:
- Tell someone who cares about you – this could be a parent or carer, auntie, sister or brother or any member of school. They can listen to you and point you in the direction of help.
- If the bullying is happening at school tell a member of staff – anyone at St. Mary’s will help you or find the right person to talk to. All staff can do this but staff in the Pastoral Hub are specially trained.
- Report your concern to tootoot through the school website tootoot.stmaryschs.org.uk – this is an online and anonymous way of reporting a concern.
- St. Mary’s Anti Bullying Hotline:
Call: 01942 766915
There are many organisations who can help you in the fight against bullying. Here are just a few:
- Childline: 0800 1111
- NSPCC: 0800 800 5000
- Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90
- CEOPs: www.ceop.police.uk
- CEOP: 0870 000 3344
- Anti-Bullying Campaign: 0207 378 1446
- Children’s Legal Centre: 01206 873 820
- Kidscape : 0207 730 3300
- Parentline Plus: 0808 800 2222
There are numerous useful sites for which updated links can be found on the DFE website at www.dontsufferinsilence.com