Bullying

If You Are Concerned That Your Child Is Being Bullied

  • Watch for signs of distress in your children. For instance, they could be unwilling to attend school, feel unwell regularly, have missing equipment or be “losing” money.
  • Discuss cyber-bullying with your child:  explore the tools available together and know how to report nasty messages.  Save the evidence.  DO NOT REPLY, the bully is looking for a reaction.
  • You can discuss legal issues relating to cyber-bullying.
  • Take an active interest in your child’s social life – discuss friendships, how Lunchtime is spent, and the journey to and from school.
  • Inform the school immediately if you feel your child may be a victim of bullying behaviour. Your complaint will be taken seriously and a plan of campaign worked out together. Keep a record of who you told.
  • Keep a written record if incidents persist. It will be painful but it will provide supportive evidence regarding WHO, WHAT, WHERE and WHEN. Keep us informed.
  • Don’t encourage your child to hit back. It often makes matters worse.
  • Make sure your own son or daughter knows there is nothing wrong with him or her. It is not his or her fault. Know that the school welcomes and appreciates your involvement whether you suspect or know your child is being bullied or is bullying.
  • The school has materials available for you to have or borrow, such as ‘Kidscape’ leaflets, and give you contact numbers of helplines, etc.  Call the school on (01530) 831561.
  • Useful websites offering support and guidance:
  • If you feel your child may be bullying please get in touch. We can help.

What We Do To Prevent Bullying

  • Reward good behaviour with:
    • Praise
    • Merits
    • Reward points
  • Letters to parents
  • Have staff on duty before and after school, at Break and at Lunchtime.
  • Employ Lunchtime Supervisors.
  • Provide supervised Lunchtime activities or clubs.
  • Conduct regular surveys.
  • Recognise achievement of all kinds.

When Bullying Occurs

  • Listen to all who are involved.
  • Inform the parent.
  • Involve appropriate people.
    • the Form Tutor
    • the Pastoral Managers
  • Provide safe and supervised areas.
  • Provide counselling to all concerned.
  • Draw up a contract of agreed behaviour.
  • Make people aware of the consequences of their actions and remind them of the Code of Conduct.
  • Remove privileges or place pupils in detention.
  • Move pupils within a year group.
  • Exclude pupils if required.

Very rarely will all of these strategies be used for one particular incident.
Newbridge is a community and bullying undermines all the work that we do. Remember we believe that everyone has the right to come to school without fear. We do not accept bullying in any form.