Bishop Vaughan have a strict anti-bullying policy and we do not tolerate bullying in our school. We have recently recruited a Student Services group, consisting of Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form pupils. Each pupil gone through a rigorous application process and were carefully selected. They have received training on various issues and are able to be the first point of contact within school and the face of our anti-bullying campaign. We launched the TEN (This Ends Now) group in November 2015 at our first National Anti-Bullying event which saw many external agencies come together in a bid to publicise and prevent bullying. The role was then re-named as Student Services which enables the pupils gain a wider range of experience throughout the school support service. They are also involved the organisation of future events at school and assemblies. Student Service operates a break and lunch time drop-in service which has proved popular amongst pupils seeking a safe space to report or discuss any issues and to spend time with other pupils who access this service. The drop-in runs every break time and lunchtime from 2pm in Room 3.
Below are just some of the pictures that capture our anti-bullying event in November 2017 which was a great success, with pupils from Year 7 right the way through to Year 11 attending, as well as some of our Sixth Form. We are looking forward to organising this event again during National Anti-Bullying Week: 12th-16th November 2018. Student Services are also involved in the organisation of our Internet Safety awareness week which is being held on the week commencing the 5th February 2018 which is aimed at educating the pupils to stay safe online, as well as, raising awareness of the issues surrounding cyber bullying.
Our Anti-Bullying Policy can be viewed below: