What Is Bullying?
Bullying involves any repeated action on the part of one or more persons that victims find extremely hurtful. It should be noted that the above definition would, therefore, exclude one off events and could in some cases, perhaps, involve the so-called ‘bully’ or ‘bullies’ not realising the significance of their action.
Bullying is not...
- A one off fall out with friends
- Comments made by several different individuals once
How else can you report bullying?
- Speak to an adult, Parent / carer
- Speak to a member of staff, form tutor/Class Teacher
- Speak to your DoL
- Speak to Prefects
- Report via the website online ANONYMOUSLY
- Please help yourself and others by reporting bullying
The wellbeing of Goffs students is integral to the school, and this includes our understanding of each child's needs. Bullying can have a detrimental effect on a child's learning. Last year, Goffs assembled a team of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. We have a team of 13 Ambassadors, who range from Years 8 to 13, and they can be found all around the school. As well as around the school, we can be found in 'Sixth Form Common room' at break time, should any student want to discuss any concerns.
Your Bullying advocates for 2022/23 are:
Alyssa Chitole 12Q
Chiugo Umeokaleo 12A
Milly Bowden 12L
Faridah Olayboyega 12U
Cameron Hull 12A
Henry Page 11Y
They deal with issues of concern for all students by offering help, support or advice and then report back to the Advocate leader: Miss Kleyhans or the Directors of Learning
Advocates have been trained in confidentiality.
What does the school offer?
- Directors of Learning are the gatekeepers to help within the school and have access to a range of strategies that can be used
- Students can approach any member of staff to discuss bullying
- An on-site school counsellor is available
- The school organises activities, competitions and assemblies during our annual anti-bullying week to raise awareness
- Bullying workshops take place regularly with selected individuals
During our Anti-bullying meetings we have also discussed implementing the followings strategies:
1. An allocated room as a quiet space for students to go to as a safe haven.
2. Activities in this room including board games, mindfulness colouring.
3. A buddy system for older students to mentor younger students that suffer from mental health and anxiety issues and bullying issues
4. Anti-bullying campaigns in conjunction with running the Princess Diana trust project with year 12.
5. Pop up peers – a table that is set up at lunchtime with information leaflets printed out on all things mental health to raise the profile.
6. Worry boxes in forms – to be emptied by Ambassadors and responded to individually. If it was anonymous to go to that specific form and address whichever issues raised via a ppt or information session / mini workshop.
If you have any ideas on what we can do to raise the profile even further here at Goffs please email: email@example.com
Useful Websites and contacts
Childline – advice and stories from children who have survived bullying
Bullying on line
Parentline Plus – advice and links for parents www.parentlineplus.org.uk
Parents against Bullying
Useful sources of information
Cyberbullying.org - one of the first websites set up in this area, for young people, providing advice around preventing and taking action against cyberbullying. A Canadian based site www.cyberbullying.org
Chatdanger - a website that informs about the potential dangers online (including bullying), and advice on how to stay safe while chatting www.chatdanger.com
Think U Know - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), has produced a set of resources around internet safety for secondary schools www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Know IT All for Parents – a range of resources for primary and secondary schools by Childnet International. Has a sample family agreement www.childnet-int.org/kia/parents
Hertfordshire Anti Bullying Initiative Accreditation Award has been awarded to GOFFS ACADEMY
The award has been given to Goffs in recognition of achieving high quality anti – bullying practice against rigorous standards in the following areas;
- Staff training and development
- Curriculum content and delivery
- Pupil engagement
- Stakeholder consultation
- Quality review cycle
At Goffs Academy we are fully committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our students so they can learn in a relaxed, secure and safe atmosphere. Bullying or harassment of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Goffs. If bullying does occur, all students are able to report it in the knowledge that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a telling school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening to themselves or anyone else is expected to tell the staff or use one of the other channels provided. There is zero tolerance of bullying at Goffs and any cases reported are dealt with quickly and effectively.
“Hertfordshire’s Anti-bullying Accreditation sets a high standard. Schools that achieve this award have recognised the importance of pupil engagement, parent confidence and systems that are effectively monitored and reviewed by senior leaders. I am delighted that Goffs has joined the growing community of schools that have achieved this status.”
Quote from Karin Hutchinson, Hertfordshire Lead Teaching & Learning Adviser
This is an amazing achievement for Goffs Academy and is recognition of the hard work and commitment that staff and students give on a daily basis.
Goffs Academy is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of its students so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying or harassment of any kind is unacceptable. If bullying does occur, all students should be able to report it in the knowledge that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. This is a telling school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening to themselves or anyone else, is expected to tell the staff or use one of the other channels provided. There is zero tolerance of bullying in the school and any cases reported are dealt with effectively.