New Stop Bullying Charter for Oxfordshire schools

Signing the anti-bullying charter
No one should ever refrain from reporting bullying to their school – that’s the message of a new initiative led by Oxfordshire County Council.

Oxfordshire schools are being invited to sign up to an ‘anti-bullying’ charter to stop bullying across the county.

The charter was launched at Chipping Norton School by the council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Public Health Hilary Hibbert-Biles.

The full list of pledges can be viewed here

Negating bullying

Cllr Hibbert-Biles said: “All schools have a responsibility to tackle bullying wherever they find it. We also know that bullying remains a big problem for many children and we want to work with schools to reduce the impact it can have on young people’s lives.”

Headteacher at St Mary’s Primary School Yvonne Stallwood-Barnes said: “We were really keen to sign up because I feel that all schools should provide a safe and secure environment for learning to take place.”

Pupils’ views

Chipping Norton School Pupil Will Porter, 12, said: “Knowing that you’re going to a school that doesn’t tolerate bullying, and going to a school that you know will care for you helps you feel cared about and a lot more comfortable.”

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

Sign up and further advice on bullying

Schools can sign up to the charter by contacting

By Work Experience student Aaron Thapar

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