GLF Schools

Anti-bullying

Springfield Primary School is a happy and caring school where expectations of behaviour are high. We provide a safe and positive learning environment within which we seek to develop a mutually supportive culture where children can understand and express their feelings and respect those of others. We aim to build a community based on partnership with parents, children, staff, governors and the wider community underpinned by The Springfield Way:

Aim high and achieve excellence, together through the Springfield Way:

Staff are dedicated, nurturing and exceptional practitioners.

Pupils are kind, respectful and inspired learners.

Parents are positive, collaborative and committed to children’s learning.

In providing a safe environment for children, the school does not tolerate any form of bullying behaviour, including repeated acts of aggression and/or discrimination. All acts of bullying are taken seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with our anti-bullying policy.

As a school we are proud to take place in the annual Anti-bullying week, with a range of activities, circle times and assemblies to raise awareness, promote a culture of inclusion and acceptance, and highlight the impact of bullying and the role we all take in preventing it. This is supported by our P.S.H.E. curriculum through which children learn the value of diversity, difference and acceptance and our Whole School Thrive programme, which delivers targeted assemblies and themed afternoons to address specific needs and topics.

Our Anti-Bullying Policy

Our school’s anti-bullying policy is reviewed and updated annually to incorporate feedback from pupils, staff, parents and members of the school community. You can access a copy on the following link or alternatively paper copies are available from the school office.

Please click here to view the Anti-bullying Policy

If you would like to be involved in reviewing and shaping our school’s anti-bullying policy please consider joining our Parent Forum, or we would be pleased to receive your thoughts via email (info@springfield.surrey.sch.uk). We also ask parents to participate in surveys to give feedback on elements of the school organisation, including anti-bullying and behaviour.

If you have a concern about bullying

Members of the school community can report incidents of bullying through:

Pupils

  • Use of classroom Emotional Register to indicate to staff member that they are upset and require support.
  • Conversations with the class teacher or other trusted member of staff.
  • Use of the class worry box.

Parents and Carers

In the first instance any concerns should be addressed to a child’s class teacher via:

  • Face to face conversation at drop off / collection times.
  • Letter or email (info@springfield.surrey.sch.uk) addressed to class teacher.
  • Telephone conversation

If the child’s class teacher is unavailable or in the event of a serious allegation parents can also contact a member of the Pastoral Team using the methods outlined above.

Parents are encouraged to report any concerns to the school in the first instance rather than seek to address incidents themselves.

Caroline Gibbins, Head Teacher Key members of staff

David Baker, Deputy Head Teacher and SLT Pastoral Lead
Natalie Parsons, Assistant Head Teacher and SENCo
Sam Sheehan, Attendance Officer, Family Support Worker
Debbie Standing, Inclusion Assistant and Thrive Practitioner
Philippa Studd, SSB Member with responsibility for Safeguarding

Useful links and resources
Is it bullying? - A useful resource when speaking to your child about issues before reporting them to the school.
https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Is-it-Bullying-1.pdf

National bullying helpline - This website has a number of useful resources including instructions on how to block and report instances of bullying on social media platforms:
https://www.nationalbullyinghelpline.co.uk/social-media.html

Anti-Bullying Alliance - This website has a number of resources on a range of topics including spotting the signs of bullying and what to do if your child is accused of being a bully.
http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/tools-information/advice-parents