Northfield School and Sports College is firmly committed to the principle that every child does indeed matter.
Our strategy is to achieve a suitable environment in which all of our students can succeed. We promote an environment in school – via assemblies and awareness-raising events in addition to information contained in student planners, leaflets, displays etc. – where targets of bullies and others who know about incidents may take advantage of various confidential reporting systems. No-one need suffer in silence as students can be confident that they will be listened to and appropriate action taken.
Recognition of Quality
We take our commitment to Anti-Bullying extremely seriously and have looked to several outside bodies to confirm that we deliver excellent anti-bullying practice:
- National Approved Provider Standard
- Local Authority Anti-Bullying Accreditation
- Lead School Status from the Local Authority
- Diana Award for Anti-Bullying work
Northfield School has an Anti-Bullying Policy. This states that we consider all forms of bullying to be unacceptable and also the procedures which will be followed within school when an incident of bullying is reported. The policy is reviewed regularly by the Anti-Bullying Steering Group.
The Peer Supporters from all year groups volunteer on a daily basis, supporting our students. They form the most successful part of our anti-bullying programme.
Sometimes just ‘being there’ is enough but this group of highly trained students ensure that whatever a student’s problems may be there is always someone near to support them. Peer Supporters are enthusiastic, incredibly motivated and very approachable. They all wear the blue Smiley badge or blue tie when in Upper School – it’s their trademark. They lift the spirits of anyone who meets them and they bring to life our school motto ‘many minds, one heart’.
The Peer Supporters support individuals, raise awareness through assembly presentations, Anti-Bullying week, Blue Day, Cyber Mentoring, fund-raising for our charities, community volunteering projects and even training as St John’s Ambulance Young First Aiders.