Pupils and teachers have continued to uphold the good work that was already in place to help make young people feel safe when they are at school.
In order to achieve this status schools must have an Anti Bullying Policy in place and show that they take Bullying seriously. The Accreditation is awarded by County Durham anti Bullying Service, Childline and the NSPCC in recognition of a commitment to addressing and reducing bullying through a whole college intervention.
One of the new initiatives this year has been to establish a group of Transition Mentors who help new pupils who join Greenfield after the normal start to the academic year settle in and feel part of the school Community. The Mentors underwent training provided by Andrew Shaw from the County Durham Anti Bullying Service. Mrs Stubbs believes that this has been a positive move forward as it is often difficult for young people to transfer from one school to another without the support of their Peer Group. Mentors watch out for new pupils for six weeks and make sure they know about the support systems provided by the school.
Other initiatives this year have included a confidential email address to enable pupils to share any concerns about themselves or their friends. This empowers young people to take control of a situation before it gets out of hand.
At Greenfield we take Bullying seriously and encourage young people to speak out. Parents are encouraged to be vigilant when their children are using the Internet as this can lead to a serious form of bullying known as Cyber Bullying.
We are proud to have ownership of this award which acknowledges the hard work of pupils and staff and shows the schools commitment to providing a safe and happy environment for all who are part of Greenfield.