Forestdale is committed to providing a caring, friendly, respectful and safe learning environment for all of our pupils. We promote an inclusive ethos that focuses on respecting one another and celebrating difference and diversity.
Bullying and prejudice-based language of any kind, involving pupils, adults towards pupils, staff or parents are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at our school.
We understand the devastating and lasting effect being bullied can have on some children and we will deal with all incidents equally seriously, quickly and effectively, whether it has taken place in or outside of school.
Preventing and tackling bullying is part of our work to support pupils’ social and emotional development and to be recognised as a healthy school. Helpful documents and the school anti-bullying policy can be found in this section.
In the autumn term, we appointed two Forestdale Anti- Bullying Ambassadors per year group. Children were invited to apply for the posts explaining why they wanted to become an ambassador, how they would support other students in school and the skills and qualities they possess, making them an ideal Anti Bullying ambassador. The successful candidates were selected based on merit.
The anti-bullying ambassadors are easily identifiable by their blue sashes.
Our wonderful Anti Bullying Ambassadors (FABAs) received training, in accordance with our anti-bullying policy, and have been working in the classrooms and playground to ensure that our children feel safe and happy at Forestdale.
Their first task was to plan and deliver an informative assembly to introduce who they are, what they do and also to launch Anti Bullying Week. This was hugely successful.
One key message at Forestdale is bullying is if someone does something unkind to you: Several Times On Purpose (STOP) and if anyone is being bullied: Start Telling Other People (STOP).
The FABAs also planned a range of fun activities for each class to participate in as part of Anti Bullying Week; from writing anti-bullying poems to taking part in role play.
They have also introduced worry boxes into every classroom, for children to write down and post any of their worries or concerns. They also decided that the school should learn to sing Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” which is now sang collectively in assemblies.
Advice for Parents
If your child is being bullied:
- Take time to listen to your child and stay calm and acknowledge how they are feeling
- Calmly talk with your child
- Explain to them that bullying is unacceptable and that no one should have to put up with it. Promise to do all you can to stop it
- Write down what your child has said. If it involves cyberbullying, keep any evidence of emails and texts
- Encourage your child to talk to their teacher or someone at the school.
- Never intervene with other children or children’s parents, but let the school know
- Contact your child's class teacher as soon as possible to let them know your concerns. The school will take any incident of bullying extremely seriously and will deal with it quickly to find out why it has happened and to prevent it happening again
- Staff may not know about the bullying and will need to know what has happened and will discuss with parents and carers what action will be taken
- If you are not satisfied with the response you get and any action taken, you should contact the class teacher or Headteacher with your concerns.
- If you remain dissatisfied, you should follow the school's complaints procedure, as detailed in the school prospectus service: http://www.camden.gov.uk/schoolcomplaintsleaflet
Call or go on the website of one of the organisations dedicated to supporting parents and carers. They will give you independent advice and support. For example, Parentline Plus on 0800 800 2222 or the Parents Anti-Bullying Helpline on 0845 120 5204.