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What is bullying?

Bullying is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.

Types of Bullying

Bullying can take many forms including:

  • physical assault
  • social bullying
  • threatening behaviour 
  • name calling
  • cyberbullying
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What We Do

At Orchid Vale, children know that we are a "telling" school. If a child feels upset or hurt by the behaviour of others, they are encouraged to tell a trusted adult.

We also have "Anti Bullying Ambassadors". This is a team of pupils who have applied for the role and work throughout the school to share the anti-bullying message.

For more information, please see our anti-bullying policy.

Reporting A Concern

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Helen Willcox. 

Any concerns you have in relation to the welfare of a child should be reported to Mrs Helen Willcox (SENDCO and Safeguarding Lead), Mrs Emma Ponting (Pastoral Lead and Deputy Safeguarding Lead), Mrs Helen Rao (Deputy Headteacher and Deputy Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs Ruth Lee (Headteacher) at the earliest opportunity. 

If you have a concern outside of school hours, please contact Swindon MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub). They can be contacted on 01793 466903 (during normal office hours, 8.30am to 4.40pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 4.00pm Friday)The Emergency Duty Service is available on 01793 436699​​.

If you are concerned a child or young person is in immediate danger, call the Police on 999.

The welfare and safeguarding of our children is paramount in all we do at Orchid Vale Primary School.

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