An anti-bullying programme at Stockport Academy in Cheadle Heath has been recognised nationally for the fifth year, after winning another Bullying Intervention Group (BIG) Award.
The school is the only secondary school in Stockport to have been recognised by the BIG Awards, and impressed judges with its peer mentor programme. The programme sees older students take an active role in welcoming new pupils, providing individual support if they fee they may be struggling with any aspect of adapting to life at the academy.
Janine McCann, Stockport Academy Principal, said;
“We are delighted to receive this award again in recognition of our zero tolerance approach to bullying in school. Our students’ wellbeing and happiness is at the heart of everything we do at Stockport Academy and it is so important to us that they feel safe and secure in their learning environment.”
Val McFarlane, Director of the Bullying Intervention Group, said:
“Stockport Academy are extremely proactive in their anti-bullying work. They have a wide range of strategies in place, including an impressive peer support scheme, with fully trained peer mentors who formally apply for the role. Despite Covid restrictions, this academy has continued to maintain their excellent bullying intervention work with innovative and successful ideas to raise awareness.
“We are always impressed with the anti-bullying portfolio submitted by this school, who also work closely with their primary schools, to ensure a smooth transition from primary to secondary for younger pupils. This is particularly important as it is a crucial time for pupils’ mental wellbeing.”