Crofton School is committed to creating a kind, diligent, and ambitious environment in which to learn and work. Our vision is of a school where “there is no bullying or unkindness; people are allowed to be themselves” and we aim to apply a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to our management of bullying. We know that bullying does sometimes occur at school but we are absolutely determined to eliminate it whenever we know about it. All members of our community have a right to work in a secure and caring environment. They also have a responsibility to contribute, in whatever way they can, to the protection and maintenance of such an environment. We recognise that anyone can be a victim of bullying, irrespective of their age.
Anti-Bullying campaigns at Crofton School
Anti-bullying campaigns are run by the student leadership team, led by the Head Boy and Head Girl. They are supported by a team of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors who have been trained by the Princess Diana Award team. They run events such as Anti-Bullying week, but also hold a twice weekly drop-in for students in Miss Coston’s room at lunchtimes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
All members of the school community, both students and adults, have a responsibility to recognise and report acts of bullying.
Students are encouraged to report bullying to any adult they feel comfortable talking to and parents with concerns should contact either the student’s tutor or Head of Year in the first instance.
All teaching staff, tutors, Heads of Year and the Assistant Headteacher (Behaviour and Attendance), will actively investigate all allegations of bullying and take action in line with the school’s Behaviour Management Policy. This will usually be a phased response, which aims to protect victims, correct unkind behaviour and restore relationships. When bullying is first reported, it is likely that the bully will be warned and the victim encouraged to report any recurrence; if the warning is not effective, sanctions of increasing severity will be imposed. It is normal practice for the parents of all the students concerned to be kept informed and encouraged to play a part in finding a solution to individual problems. Incidents of bullying are recorded and monitored by Heads of Year.
At Crofton School we support young people as they develop their own identities.
In the last 12 months we have successfully facilitated gender identity transition. We have provided staff training and signposted young people to support staff in school or support groups outside of school. We have worked very closely with those families involved.
Mermaids is a good website for providing information on gender identity issues in children and young people.
We are delighted and proud to announce that Crofton School is a Stonewall School Champion.
This means that we are committed to:
1. Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying
2. Making school a place where all pupils - including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people - are accepted without exception
3. Championing diversity and celebrating difference
We firmly believe that all schools should take an active, positive approach to tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language and bullying. Bullying has a severe impact on the well-being, attainment and aspirations of LGBT students.
Crofton School is committed to making a positive difference as a Stonewall School Champion. We would also like to hear from parents about how we can, together, make Crofton School an even better place of learning for LGBT people. Miss Knight, Senior Assistant Headteacher, is our school link ‘champion’ for parents.