'Students say that bullying is very rare. If it does happen, they are confident that it will be dealt with very quickly and competently by staff.'
Falling out with friends is a natural part of growing up, but whilst this does happen, we are proud to say that bullying - the continuation of intentionally unkind or discriminatory behaviour towards another student - is rare at St Albans Girls' School. However, when it does occur we aim to act swiftly with an emphasis on restorative justice, ensuring the bullying ceases and there is support for the victim. For information about how bullying is dealt with please see our Anti-Bullying Policy.
Students are taught from their first day at St Albans Girls' School how important being a member of our community is and that the care and thought we have for others is at the heart of out school ethos and values. In addition anti-bullying is taught explicitly in PSCHE, our form time programme and across the curriculum in all subjects. Anti-bullying is a high profile at all times with posters in all form rooms and active participation in Anti-Bullying weeks and campaigns.
Where students have fallen out, or there are peer difficulties, our pastoral system is readily available to support - Form Tutors, Directors of Learning and our two dedicated Pastoral Support Officers in our Pastoral Hub. At St Albans Girls' School there is always someone to talk to if there is a problem and worry boxes around the school provide an opportunity to contact someone discreetly. Our students have a strong sense of justice and there will always be other students to support anyone experiencing difficulties, in a circle of friends. All Year 7 students are given a student friendly version of our Anti-Bullying Policy, 'Here for You' when they join us - please see an electronic version below.
Peer support is readily available through our student mentoring system and Harmony Club - run by Sixth Form Students - ensures that younger students can voice concerns to another young person if they feel more comfortable doing so. Student Voice ensures we are made aware if there are any recurring issues that we need to address.
If your daughter is experiencing any difficulties with peers at school then please do not hesitate to contact your daughters Director of Learning or Student Support Officer.