Mayor visits Bridge Learning Academy to hear about anti-bullying policy

September 28 2018
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BRIDGE Learning Campus in Hartcliffe welcomed Bristol mayor Marvin Rees to celebrate the launch of a new anti-bullying campaign.

Pictured: Mayor Marvin Rees meets anti-bullying ambassadors at Bridge Learning Campus

 

The campaign reflects the school’s zero-tolerance approach to bullying and its desire to become a beacon of best practice when it comes to promoting respect and kindness within the school community.

The campaign was launched as part of the school’s involvement with the Diana Award, which serves as a legacy to the Princess of Wales and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.

Mayor Rees met the school’s anti-bullying ambassadors, who have been trained to promote the programme across the school.  

They spoke to him about BLC’s anti-bullying pledge, future plans as part of the Diana Award, and why they chose to take part in the programme. Mayor Rees was also given a guided tour of the school.

Rosie, a Year 11 student and anti-bullying ambassador at BLC, said: “I really enjoyed meeting the mayor because it showed the community that we care and that we take bullying at school seriously.

“We got some good advice from the mayor about how we can improve our anti-bullying campaign at school.”

Sandra Lee, head of Key Stage 2 at Bridge Learning Campus, added: “We’ve been working closely with the Diana Award’s anti-bullying programme for a while and now we are ready to launch the scheme across the whole school.

“It is great for the students of Bridge Learning Campus to have such a high-profile person from Bristol to attend and share his thoughts and experiences around bullying, and to help us launch our campaign.

“He is a wonderful role model to have as he values young people and education. Our students will be able to learn a lot from him.”

Mr Rees said: “Many people will know what it feels like to be bullied and have first-hand experience of the stress and anxiety it can cause.

“When we think of bullying we often think of the more extreme cases, but in reality the experience can fall anywhere on a wide spectrum of negative interactions.

“With mental health a growing issue for many young people, it is so important that our schools have effective strategies in place to tackle this issue. I am therefore pleased to be helping Bridge Learning Campus launch their new policy, which takes a zero-tolerance approach to bullying.

“Fundamentally this is about treating others as you’d like to be treated yourself and that means respecting fellow students and teachers.”