High school accredited for work to stop bullies

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A HIGH school in the county has been awarded anti -bullying accreditation.

Bedlingtonshire Community High School has obtained the recognition from Northumberland County Council after a group of staff and students worked together to produce a file of evidence so in order to raise awareness of bullying issues in schools.

The information was gathered from all school departments and included the provision of e-safety and the training of students.

During November 2012’s anti-bullying week, an assembly was presented to the whole school, and wristbands were sold to raise awareness while plasma screens within the school displayed relevant information.

Headteacher Stephen Griffiths said: “We are confident that systems are in place to deal effectively with all bullying incidents and intend to continue working throughout the year to further improve our practice.”

A clear anti-bullying policy is in place and available for staff, and is shared with parents through parent focus groups.

Students are made aware of the policy through their peer mentors’ training programme.

Niall Clark, behaviour support teacher from Locality Inclusion Support Team (LIST), added: “This award is in recognition of the on-going commitment of Bedlingtonshire Community High School to promote an ethos that not only promotes a celebration of difference but empowers young people to identify and challenge bullying where they see it.

“Thus helping to build an environment where all students can feel safer and more secure, helping them to focus on fulfilling their potential.”