Anti-bullying charter wins support from school pupils

Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for education and public health Hilary Hibbert-Biles, second right, presents the anti-bullying charter to Chipping Norton School headteacher Simon Duffy, centre, and St Mary’s Primary School headteacher Yvonne Stallwood-Barnes, left, alongside pupils from both schools

The first schools have signed up to an ‘anti-bullying’ charter in an attempt to strengthen the response to bullying across the county.

The charter contains 10 pledges on tackling bullying to ensure the voices of children and families are always heard and acted upon.

It was launched at Chipping Norton School and the secondary school, along with neighbouring primary schools St Mary’s and Holy Trinity, are the first to sign up to the charter.

Others are now being encouraged to join them and help send a strong message that bullying will not be tolerated in Oxfordshire.

Councillor Hilary Hibbert-Biles, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for education and public health, helped launch the pledge and said the majority of schools support their pupils well.

She said: “By formally signing up to a county-wide set of values, schools can focus on ensuring those values are embedded in every aspect of school life.

“It also sends out a very clear message to their pupils and families that bullying will not be allowed to go unchallenged.”

Seven-year-old Darcy Portman, of St Mary’s Primary School, said: “Bullying should stop because we don’t want everyone getting hurt. We don’t want our schools to be full of bullying because bullying is an unkind thing to do.”

Schools can sign up to the charter by emailing

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