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Esher C of E High School takes its students welfare incredibly seriously and has various strategies to deal with any bullying matters which may arise, and to support all of our school community effectively.
In April 2014 Esher High School were awarded Surrey’s Silver Anti-Bullying Charter mark Award, in recognition of our outstanding anti-bullying work.
A team of dedicated students and staff have worked tirelessly, and continue to do so in order to ensure our students remain safe and secure on the way to, from and at school, whilst also providing them with essential support and a variety of systems through which they can report any concerns.
The on-going support for both ‘bully’ and ‘victim’ includes:
· a dedicated Anti-bullying Coordinator, Pastoral Support Coordinators, Heads of Year, Deputy Heads of Year and Form Tutors.
· a team of Senior Students to include Prefects, Peer Mentors, Peer Mediators and Cybermentors, all of whom have been professionally trained to support our students both in school and online via the ‘Beat Bullying’ website.
· all staff have been trained in a Restorative Approach to behaviour management…a proven strategy in changing future behaviours, as developed initially within the police force.
· all parents are provided with a Parent Support Guide which outlines these strategies, provides contact details for the specified staff and a variety of websites and contact details of external agencies amongst other support information.
· A well planned PSHCE, Curriculum and Tutor Time programme aimed at building positive relationships
· A Thought for the Day programme to help develop qualities such as reasoning and reflection in our students
· A Student leadership team, split in to sub-committees with their own action plans, enabling all students to have their voice and be heard
These wide and varied support services, in addition to our policy, practices, curriculum and on-going staff and student training, have been audited and robustly assessed by a specialist team of assessors from Surrey County Council, during which time they met with the Headteacher, Governors, the Anti-bullying Coordinator, students and parents. The assessors reported:
• “A particular strength was the clear systems for monitoring the efficacy of the processes for supporting young people who have been bullied”
• “parents were unanimous that positive changes had been made in the approach to anti-bullying and that the current system to report and gain support was working and was valued by the group”
• “We were impressed by the students we met who showed great maturity in talking about the school and how it has moved forward”
• “We were extremely impressed by the clear links across the curriculum that have been identified and implemented”
• “Your student leadership team were able to demonstrate not only a clear understanding of your anti-bullying agenda, but were also excellent ambassadors for the school.”
Should you have any concern regarding bullying you can report it directly to the Head of Year at HoY7@esherhigh.surrey.sch.uk (Head of Year 7 for example), or directly to the Anti-bullying Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your child/children can report any concerns to any of the staff directly, Senior Students, the Anti-bullying Coordinator who is located in the new Pastoral Block, via email at Studentconcern@esherhigh.surrey.sch.uk or through the Worry Box.
This award is only a step on our on-going journey in striving to eradicate all forms of bullying at school, as we now aim for the Gold Award within the next two years.