As part of our on-going Anti-Bullying Initiative here at the Venerable Bede School, I would like to keep you updated on what we are doing as a school to tackle bullying and our plans for the future.
At the start of the Year we asked for volunteers from Year 9 to set up a new Bully Buddy scheme that is now in place. The students have been trained in how to deal with confidential issues, how to mediate between peers and how to give advice on bullying. There is now a rota in place where these students are available at a meeting room in school to chat every break time.
Our work during anti bullying week in November led to a huge number of ‘Venerable Bede School against bullying’ wristbands being sold. The anti-bullying group also held a parents talk on anti-bullying which was a huge success. They have plans to host further, similar events in the future. The group won the city “Anti-Bullying Week Most Innovative Award” which was presented by the Deputy Mayor in December.
Outside of our school, we have started to deliver anti-bullying workshops to local primary schools and had a successful pilot at St. Paul’s Primary School in December. There are more plans to visit other schools in the coming months.
The group wants to continue to grow and have recently obtained the national BIG award and have worked with their advisors to write a new anti-bullying policy for the school. We also ran staff anti-bullying training in January to ensure that all staff are aware of the anti-bullying work being done around the school.
The school is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners • Behaviour is good...calm and well-ordered • Students are enthused and want to learn • Exceptional staff commitment • Senior Leadership of the highest calibre • Pioneering work • Significant investment to develop the quality of teaching • Teaching is motivational • Students are making strong gains • High parental satisfaction • Students talk with pride...relationships are positive in lessons and around the school • The atmosphere for learning and for personal and spiritual growth is outstanding • A purposeful and forward-looking institution capable of further outstanding growth
Congratulations to our students, staff, governors and families on two fantastic inspections,
each lasting two days! Ofsted were the first to visit under the New Framework in January this year, closely followed by a SIAS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools). Judged from Good to Outstanding in all categories.:
Most of all, we pride ourselves on being inclusive; a neighbourhood school, open to all. See our new Admissions Policy or simply give us a ring and we’ll show you around.