Bullying

Bullying

Every school experiences some level of bullying and Driffield School & Sixth Form recognises the need to address this issue and deal with it effectively.

We have worked closely with an external partner; National Children’s Homes (NCH) and students via our Student Voice Council to develop and implement a successful whole-school approach to bullying.

We have over 30 trained Anti-Bullying Mentors amongst our students and a team of staff on duty each lunch time running a drop- in where students can go to report incidents or just talk to somebody. The Chat Zone is located in the East Building EB5a and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 12.45 - 1.15 pm and 12.15 – 12.45 on Wednesdays. We have also established special “zones” around school which the Mentors regularly patrol to check students are not being bullied and identify students who may be feeling vulnerable.

The Anti-Bullying Team meets every half term to discuss progress and implement new plans to ensure that incidents of bullying at Driffield School are kept to a minimum.

We will continue to develop our ethos to be an anti-bullying school which strives to offer a safe, happy and productive learning environment for all students. Please read our Anti-Bullying Policy & Procedures for more information.

Our message to students is ‘Don’t be afraid to speak out, together we can tackle it’. We remind students that keeping quiet gives bullies power and we can take that power away by just talking. If a student does speak to someone we guarantee that;

  • They will be listened to
  • They will be taken seriously and will not have their concerns dismissed
  • They will be treated with confidence
  • Action will be taken in line with the School Anti-Bullying Policy
  • The situation will be monitored.

Useful websites:

www.parentlineplus.org.uk
www.nspcc.org.uk
www.bullying.co.uk

Bullying Awareness Campaign

Driffield School & Sixth Form has a “zero tolerance” policy towards bullying. Our Bullying Awareness Campaign aims to:

  • Promote a system in which all students, parents and staff can have confidence
  • Encourage students and parents to report bullying to the school
  • Take all reports of bullying seriously and have trained staff available to deal with incidents
  • Listen, investigate, consult and take action to make the bullying stop
  • Support any student who is being bullied
  • Respond to feedback from students, parents and staff
  • Have a whole school approach to bullying the whole of the time

How bullying is dealt with in school

Any student who is being bullied, or who is aware of bullying taking place, is encouraged to report incidents to their House Tutor or any member of school staff (all staff are aware of our Anti-Bullying Strategy).

Students can also go to the Chat Zone, where they will receive help and advice from one of our specially trained student Anti-bullying Mentors, or they can approach one of the Anti-Bullying Mentors who are patrolling the school site at lunchtime.

Any parent who has a concern about bullying is asked to discuss it with their child’s House Tutor as soon as possible.

The school treats all reports of bullying very seriously; incidents will be thoroughly investigated, all parties will be consulted and an action plan, designed to make the bullying stop, will be agreed and implemented.

The Chat Room

The Chat Room is a lunch time anti-bullying drop-in service which is run by our trained Anti-Bullying Mentors and experienced members of staff. It offers a safe place for any students who are being bullied, or somewhere students can go to report bullying. Students are encouraged to drop-in to the Chat Zone if they want to:

  • Get advice, support and help
  • Find someone who’ll listen to their concerns
  • Report a bullying incident
  • See a friendly face

The Chat Room is located in EB5a in the East Building and is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 12.45pm - 1.15 pm and Wednesday 12.15pm  - 12.35pm.

The Role of the Anti-Bullying Mentors

We have over 30 fully trained student Anti-Bullying Mentors from Year 7 through to Year 13. Our Mentors are very important people. Their main roles are to:

  • Promote good citizenship and inclusion across the whole school
  • Provide support for fellow students on the school site
  • Be available in the Chat Room to support vulnerable students
  • Signpost students to the other support services which are available at school
  • Be involved in monitoring the scheme and suggest ways to improve it

Our Mentors are supported by the House Team. They meet together every half term to reinforce their training and share experiences. During the summer term we take the Mentors out on a trip to thank them for all their hard work throughout the year.  Any student can at any time volunteer to become an Anti-bullying Mentor.  Anyone interested should see their House Tutor.

 

Who To Contact About Bullying

If you are concerned about bullying at Driffield School & Sixth Form please make contact, in the first instance, with your child's House Tutor or Head of House. Their contact details are as follows:

Bronte

Head of House - Mrs James ext 276, House Tutor - Mr Johnson ext 204

Fawcett

Head of House - Mr Nicholls ext 277, House Tutor - Mrs Hazell ext 406

Johnson

Head of House - Mrs Parsley ext 227, House Tutor - Miss Frazer ext 278

Holtby

Head of House - Mr McDonald ext 236, House Tutor - Miss Steele ext 279

Mortimer

Head of House - Mrs Davey ext 239, House Tutor - Mrs Clucas ext 288

The Role of House Tutors

House Tutors are experienced, trained members of the support staff team who are available to respond quickly and appropriately to allegations of bullying.  As part of their role they will:

  • Be the first point of contact in school for parents who are concerned about bullying
  • Provide advice, support and assistance to any student who complains about bullying
  • Accept referrals from members of school staff
  • Liaise with parents to ensure all parties are aware of incidents that have occurred
  • Refer vulnerable students to counselling services available through the Student Services Team
  • Support, manage and mentor the Anti-bullying Mentors
  • Work with “bullies” to reduce the number of incidents


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