The following letter is a statement from Sacred Heart School in response to the Observer’s story centred on bullying allegations:
We were shocked and saddened by the story and editorial in last week’s Observer alleging a culture of bullying at Sacred Heart.
As a governing body, we do not recognise the image of the school and we are convinced that the overwhelming majority of parents will feel exactly the same way.
Sacred Heart is a community where children are valued, protected and cared for and in which they learn to care for and respect each other.
There was much in the article that we found difficult to comprehend, and we were upset that, as it was half-term, we did not have a chance to respond to the allegations at the time.
The school does not tolerate bullying in any form. We have robust processes and procedures in place to deal with bullying, a culture that is further reinforced by our strong Catholic ethos and faith.
We take any allegation of bullying seriously and investigate all incidents ensuring parents are involved, and we will continue to do so. The governors and I are satisfied that in this case all the correct procedures were followed.
The school’s Anti-bullying Policy and Behaviour Policy have both been reviewed this academic year and are available on our website.
We pride ourselves on having a school that provides a caring and supportive environment for all our pupils, one that is reflected in the school’s Vision Statement and through the very high standards of pupil behaviour that we see demonstrated on a daily basis.
MRS S CHAPLIN
Chairman of Governors
MR J HELLETT
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School