We are committed to creating an environment where everyone is accepted, and feels safe and secure. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Staff and trustees take all reports of bullying seriously and investigate and take appropriate action. This includes using robust sanctions where appropriate.
We have worked closely with our students and parents to actively promote a climate of co-operation and positive behaviour to reduce the number of incidents and the likelihood of bullying occurring. All students are required to sign an anti bullying contract at the start of each year outlining how they will help to combat bullying. We also promote anti bullying values through a combination of tutor-time, PSHE, collective assemblies, lesson content and restorative justice practices.
We have been working to develop Pool Academy as a Trauma Informed School. This has led to the introduction of a revised anti bullying policy which includes a strong “See it. Report It, Stop it.’ message which is promoted across the whole school. We encourage a culture of openness and encourage students to report any bullying behaviour they witness, hear about or experience using the red button on their iPads. All reports are then investigated by members of our pastoral team.
We want all our students to learn and work in a relaxed and secure environment without fear of being bullied. This means students, parents / carers, academy staff and governors working together to secure the safe educational environment we all need.
We are really proud of our Red Button policy and the work that our anti-bullying team are doing to create a positive learning environment for all of our students.
Our young people and their parents report that bullying, and other forms of conflict, are dealt with really well at the academy. We have created this space to share with you week by week, what we are doing here, with the voices of our students, their parents and carers and the staff that are supporting them.