Lambourn School wins anti bullying award
The fantastic work done by staff and children to eradicate bullying at Lambourn CofE Primary School has been recognised with the presentation of West Berkshire Council's Safe in Our Hands anti-bullying accreditation. Linda Curtis, Senior Education Welfare Officer and Cllr Graham Jones, Leader of West Berkshire Council presented the award to Lambourn's Principal, Rachael Duke at a special celebration assembly. Governors and representatives from Oxford Diocese and Excalibur Academies Trust also joined the celebration. Linda Curtis explained to the children and their visitors how difficult the award was to achieve and the huge amount of work that had been done to ensure that the school met the required standard. As the accreditation assessor, Linda had visited Lambourn School on a number of occasions to examine the evidence the school had collected in order to prove that they met the exacting criteria and observe the behaviour of children towards each other around the school. Linda told the assembled children, "I was particularly impressed by the school's peer mentoring system where children in years 5 and 6 support younger children to ensure that they always feel safe". Principal Rachael Duke said, "Becoming a peer mentor is an intensive process, children have to submit a written application, provide a reference from a teacher and then have an interview. Once appointed they give up their lunchtimes to ensure they are available if needed." Presenting the award Councillor Jones praised the school for its excellent anti bulling policy and the way children and adults alike demonstrated such a strong commitment to preventing bullying.
Lambourn Principal Rachael Duke receives the Safe in our Hands anti bullying award from Cllr Graham Jones