Anti-bullying award given to Hugh Baird
STUDENTS and staff from Hugh Baird College have been awarded a prestigious anti-bullying award.
The Bully Intervention Group award (BIG Award) was awarded for the “solid support systems and intervention policies” that Hugh Baird College has in place for all its students and staff.
The assessor found that the Bootle college demonstrated “consistent and embedded good practice and tailored bullying intervention solutions” to suit the different needs of each student.
A Hugh Baird College student, who did not want to be named, revealed how she was supported by the college's Student Service.
She said: “When someone called me names because I’m a girl and I like girls, I felt so low and like there was something wrong with me.
“I found the courage to go and talk to the Student Services team and it was the best thing I did. They instantly had my back and helped me learn that it was the bullies’ problem and not mine, they told me that nobody should ever make me feel bad about being me – they really helped a lot.”
Janine Hopewell, Hugh Baird College retention and progression coordinator, said: “Hugh Baird College takes bullying very seriously and we are delighted to have been awarded the BIG Award.
“Many of our students and their parents complement us on the support systems we have in place at the College. We consider our wrap around support to be a unique selling point for the college that goes over and above for the benefit of our students’ experience while here at Hugh Baird.”