Strood Academy has a robust antibullying policy. If a child is being bullied, in the first instance they should speak to their Form Tutor who is their first point of contact.
If parents would like to bring an issue to the Academy’s attention there is a drop in clinic, no appointment necessary, daily from 08:20 to 08:40 during term time. Additionally, the dedicated email address firstname.lastname@example.org may be used by students or parents.
Of course we would hope that a conflict does not get to the point where a student feels that they are being bullied. We have trained up some selected students to be Peer Mediators in order to resolve problems before they escalate.
Peer mediation is a process in which students in conflict are guided by two trained mediators through a series of steps to find their own way of resolving a problem(s). Pupils take ownership of their resolution of the problem or dispute. Through mediation young people are empowered to understand their own behaviour and the behaviour of others around them.
Mediation gives students an opportunity to voice their feelings about incidents which to some might seem trivial, but to them are hurtful in a safe environment. Peer mediation enables pupils to see others as human being rather than enemies or bullies.
Students wishing to take part in peer mediation should contact their college Pastoral Manager in the first instance.