Bullying damages children’s and young people’s physical and mental health, including their self-confidence and ability to build and sustain relationships. It can also destroy self-esteem, sometimes with devastating consequences and with the effects lasting into adult life. Bullying undermines the ability to concentrate on learning and can impact on children’s and young people’s chances of achieving their full potential at school and later in life. Bullying causes harm to those who bully, those who are bullied and those who observe bullying. At Ratcliffe College we believe that all children and young people have the right to learn and work in an environment where they feel safe and that is free from harassment and bullying.
At Ratcliffe we treat reports of all types of bullying seriously (racial, cyber, homophobic, verbal and physical). We pride ourselves in providing a safe and secure school environment in which bullying is not tolerated. We were proud to achieve the Beyond Bullying Gold Award from Leicestershire County Council last year for all the anti-bullying work and initiatives in place at Ratcliffe College. We hold regular assemblies on anti-bullying along with tutor, subject and PSHCE work and we have a clear anti-bullying policy which can be found here.
We place significant importance on our student’s well being and aim to ensure that your child’s time at Ratcliffe is an extremely positive one.
Our Anti-Bullying Committee consists of students ranging from Years 7 to 13, meeting once a term to discuss initiatives that could be implemented within school. The students that are members proudly wear a badge indicating that they are part of the committee.
We take part in Anti-Bullying week every November, which aims to highlight any issues regarding bullying and offer help to students that may have concerns.
During Anti-bullying week, the committee hosts a whole school assembly raising awareness for the week and its importance. Also, our younger students design T-shirts to promote the cause for our staff to wear for the day!
Ratcliffe college also annually hosts an anti-bullying Parent Café in support of this initiative, allowing parents the opportunity to raise any concerns.
Top tips (taken from 101 tips for parents; preventing and dealing with bullying). Parents of students at Ratcliffe College can request the publication, Preventing and Dealing with Bullying; 101 tips for parents, from our school reception by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students at Ratcliffe can also use email@example.com to report an incident of bullying. Emails sent to this address are directed to the Deputy Head Pastoral.