Westborough – A Safe Place to be
Westborough ALWAYS puts the safety of its pupils first. We have very clear policies on dealing with bullying and some of our areas of focus are summarised below. We regularly survey our pupils and the feedback confirms that most pupils feel safe at Westborough. We work proactively to stop bullying and have clear policies on dealing with child protection, e-safety, bullying, racial discrimination and equal opportunities. Anti-Bullying contact details are available here.
Mrs G. Sweasey
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Child Protection Officer
Miss K. Smith
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Family Liaison Officer
Anti- Bullying At Westborough High School
We pride ourselves on the community cohesion within the school. We believe that all pupils have the right to learn and to enjoy their time at school. The effects of bullying can often hinder this, so we work tirelessly to ensure that bullying is minimal in our school. We have a detailed Anti-Bullying Policy which is in place in order to teach staff and parents about the effects of bullying. During their time at Westborough, pupils are made fully aware that bullying behaviour is not acceptable. They cover the topic in their PSHE lessons, assemblies and during anti-bullying week. There are numerous ways pupils can report bullying such as the anti-bullying box, the ‘report it’ button on our VLE, via email or through pupil ambassadors. Pupils are always encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings with staff members. Our school’s anti bullying coordinator is Mrs C Marsden if you want to find out more, or have any thoughts or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact her or for more information via firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
You can also find out more information here:
www.bullying.co.uk – a great resource for parents and pupils which explains in detail the many forms bullying can take. There are also advisers on hand to offer help and support about bullying.
www.kidscape.org.uk – a great resource again for parents and pupils. Kidscape are particularly brilliant at explaining to parents current bullying trends which involve smart phone technology and the internet.
The internet has brought many wonderful benefits to the education system which we as a school take full advantage of. Our pupils have the opportunity take part in independent research projects, use the internet to assist with homework, take part in IT clubs and much more.
We are acutely aware of the need to keep our pupils safe whilst in school and educate them on how to keep E-safe generally. We do this by a delivering a programme of assemblies, PSHE activities, integrating internet safety across the curriculum and by raising awareness during E-Safety week.
Whilst pupils are in school we have a smooth wall filter in place which ensures pupils cannot access any inappropriate material. During lessons a programme called AB tutor ensures teachers can have full access to the screens of pupils and Securus software monitors pupils’ computer use at all times.
As a school we recognise that that creating a partnership with parents on this issue is key to ensuring our pupils are equipped to deal with the internet safely and still reap the benefits of this brilliant resource. Below are links and a brief guide to information we believe will be useful. Please do not hesitate to contact school for more information or guidance. If you have concerns about anything to do with the safe use of technology you should contact Mr U Ali at the school.
- onlinefamily.norton.com– Norton Family Safety software that can be down loaded for free. This allows you to monitor what your child views on the internet and control the amount of time they spend online.
- www.kidsmart.org.uk– A great website on internet safety for both parents and pupils. This website has an excellent explanation of smart phone technology and the potential dangers and also explains social networking sites.
- www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk– A wealth of resources for parents to discuss with their children regarding internet safety. The local council monitor trends in the borough and respond accordingly giving up to date information on current popular social media and smart phone applications.
- Westborough High’s very own Parent Course covering a variety of topics which parents should know about.
- The Counselling Directory is an external body that provides a confidential service encouraging those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events. All of the counsellors listed have qualifications and insurance cover, or proof of membership with a professional body.