At Roundwood Primary everyone has the right to respect. The children in our school remain our priority and we do everything within our power to make sure that they are safe and happy, both in school and within the wider community.
At Roundwood Primary School we strive to provide a happy, safe and caring environment where everyone is valued. Our pupils are actively encouraged to reach their full potential both academically and socially. This will be recognisable through the children’s desire to learn and to equip themselves for life. The aim is for each child to be confident and have self-esteem, enabling them to act with increased independence and make responsible contributions to society.
We recognise that children may experience or witness difficult things in their lives and they may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth or view the world in a positive way. For such children school may be one of the few stable, secure and predictable components in their life. Other children may be vulnerable because they have a disability or they are in care. We seek to provide all our children with the necessary support to keep them safe and build their self-esteem and self-confidence. We want children at our school to feel able to talk freely to any member of staff or regular visitor if they are worried or concerned, with the assurance that they are heard.
Whatever their background and culture, age, disability, gender, racial origin or religious belief we believe that children have the right to participate in a society and environment which is safe and free from violence, fear, abuse, bullying and discrimination. They have the right to be protected from harm, exploitation and abuse, and to be provided with safe environments in which to live and play.
We seek to protect children and young people against the messages of all violent extremism from any background. We develop children’s knowledge of the wider community through our work on community cohesion.
Roundwood will endeavour to provide activities and opportunities through the PHSE, RE and Citizenship curriculum that will equip our children with the skills they need to stay safe. This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills.
At all times we will work to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and colleagues from other agencies such as Health or Social Care.
Definition of bullying
During Anti-Bullying Week (2011) the children agreed on the following definition of bullying which was approved by the School Council:
Bullying can be verbal e.g. teasing or name calling. It can be physical e.g. hitting or pushing. It can be mental e.g. ignoring someone or deliberately excluding someone from a game. It can be electronic e.g. someone sending unkind emails or text messages (cyber bullying). Bullying is done purposefully to upset another person and is persistent.
The DfES defines bullying in the following way:
‘Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. It can take many forms, but the three main types are physical (e.g. hitting, kicking and theft) verbal (e.g. name calling, racist remarks) or indirect (e.g. spreading rumours, excluding someone from social groups).’ DfES Circular 10/95
We take a very serious approach to bullying and it is not tolerated in any form at our school. Click for more information about bullying and its prevention.
Please look at our E-Safety page for information on how to keep your children safe on the internet.
For practical help and guidance on preventing people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism visit Let’s Talk About It.