NEED TO TALK? WE'RE HERE TO LISTEN
Bay House School and Sixth Form is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment in which all individuals can grow in confidence and develop their gifts without feeling intimidated, distressed or oppressed by the behaviour of others.
If you are a young person and you wish to talk to someone about something that is worrying you there are lots of people to go to. We will listen to you and treat your concerns seriously. We also have ‘Bay House Buddies’ who you can approach if you, or someone you know, is being bullied or email email@example.com
Talk to Mrs Bonsor, Mr Potter, Dr Hall or any member of staff. Talk to your Year Office or your Tutor. Talk to Matron. Talk to Mrs Payce.
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Parent Download - School Bullying Statement
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Bay House Buddies
The Bay House Buddies are a group of Year 10 pupils who have volunteered to offer friendship and support to Year 7 pupils as they settle into Bay House School. We understand how it feels to cope with a new environment and changes in friendships. Each buddy works with a partner, and we visit Year 7 pupils during tutor time to chat about any worries you may have. We also offer a drop in service in E6 every Monday lunchtime for any pupil in any year group.
The Buddies turn up to the tutor groups at least once every week and are a very positive influence and role model with the group. We spend some of the time talking to the pupils and discussing problems, as well as getting involved with and helping out with other tutor activities. The work of the Bay House Buddies continues throughout the year, but a recent success was the role we played during anti- bullying week.
Current Bay House Buddies
Ellen (pictured right)“ I volunteered because I know what it is like to be worried about something like bullying, but when I was in Year 7 there was no-one to really go to. It’s nice to know that there’s someone there for you, if you ever need us.”
“We put posters up all around the school”, said Hayley “and then every day we went around all the tutor groups selling anti- bullying wrist bands. We actually sold out; everybody was keen to buy them. Lots of pupils and teachers were wearing them, and it made everybody much more aware of issues like cyber-safety, and how to get help or advice”. We also went into assemblies to promote anti-bullying and continue to do similar things throughout the year.
“We need to work together as a whole school community to make sure everyone feels the same way” said Mrs Downham, one of the co coordinators of the buddies.
We Buddies have played an important role in raising the awareness of community and making the pupils feel comfortable with asking; be it help in the playground or just homework trouble. We have been trained to be good listeners, to give advice and most importantly, to encourage the pupils to have the confidence to deal with any bullying they see happening. We also have strict confidentiality terms, unless the pupil concerned wishes us to inform someone or if we deem the pupil to be in any danger; in which case the Buddies are provided with coordinators to assist us.
The Year 7 pupils have also taken to us very well:
“My Bay House Buddy is Ellen. She does fun activities with us. One of them was we all had a card and we passed them around and said one nice comment about the person. She helps our tutor a lot by handing out letters and other things like that. She is like an extra friend and if we have a problem we can go and ask her. She will always listen to us and help us.” Gina – Year 7
If you have any questions about the Bay House Buddies, or if you are interested in volunteering to help next year, contact Mrs Downham. It really is a great opportunity!