Dear Parents / Carers,

I am the school’s Anti-bullying Lead at Pool Academy.

Many of you will know that bullying can be a difficult problem for children to manage in schools across the country. The following statistics were published on Monday 3rd September, by The Diana Award, a national anti-bullying charity:

  • 70% of parents believe schools are not doing enough to combat bullying.

  • 22% of young people have moved schools due to bullying.

  • 46% of young people are worried about going back to school due to bullying.

  • 51% are afraid to put their hands up in class.

  • 39% say their grades are affected.

  • 38% say it impacts on their attendance.

This year we have radically changed the way bullying is dealt with at Pool Academy.

In brief, Pool Academy pledges to create a culture where bullying is not tolerated: by dealing with all reports quickly and efficiently, and involving parents at all times. We have recruited several Anti-bullying Ambassadors from across the Year groups. They will work closely with their Heads of Year, Simon Ferguson (Behaviour Support) and Nick Hamblin (Additional Needs Support) to create this culture.

If you believe your child is being bullied please ensure you:

  1. Help your child to complete a ‘Red button’ report of the situation.

  2. Encourage them to talk openly and honestly with academy staff and the Anti-bullying Ambassadors.

  3. Expect to hear from the school within 24 school hours to advise you about how we have actioned the ‘Red button’ bullying report.

  4. Contact your child’s Head of Year if you have not heard back within 24 school hours.

  5. Contact Rachel Facey - Pool Academy Anti-bullying Lead - if you have any concerns about the above.

All of our young people have a right to learn without fear of bullying, and we are 100% committed to make this happen.

Best wishes,

Rachel Facey - Assistant Principal for Additional Needs

Phil Jones