In 2013 we were awarded the BIG (Bullying Intervention Group) Anti-Bullying Award. We became the first school in our area to receive this special award for its management of bullying and at the time of the award the faster secondary school in the country to achieve it.
Presented by the nationally established Bullying Intervention Group , the ‘BIG’ award is given to those schools/academies that:
- Demonstrate they are working to an externally agreed standard
- Have consistent and embedded good practice
- Fully include all children and young people
- Tailor their bullying intervention work to suit the needs of their students
- Ensure that every child is enabled to fulfil their true educational potential or enjoy their community activities, without fear of being bullied
- Be rewarded for their achievements
Initiatives undertaken by the Academy included the training of 15 students as anti-bullying ambassadors, the production of anti-bullying posters for display around the school and the introduction of an anonymous ‘post box’ style reporting system. A number of students were also been entered for a Diana award in recognition of their support for the scheme.
Commented Stockport Academy Vice Principal Janine McCann, who has worked extensively with BIG’s anti-bullying ambassadors:
“We have a zero tolerance approach to bullying at the academy which is embedded in all that we do. We also continue to run a comprehensive programme of activities around this theme, including peer mentoring and a student voice exercise, with students producing a statement about anti-bullying which has fed directly into the academy’s new anti-bullying policy.”
Praising Stockport Academy’s approach towards anti-bullying, Val McFarlane, Director of the Bullying Intervention Group said:
"We are delighted to present the Big Award to Stockport Academy, which has a robust, up to date anti-bullying policy, reflected in its excellent good practice in challenging bullying. Bullying can be a serious issue for children and young people and at Stockport, all of the systems are in place to manage this and ensure that students can learn safely and reach their full educational potential."