17:30 Monday 10 February 2014

'I moved my daughter due to the bullies'

Written bySARAH BOULD

A SOUTH Derbyshire mum claims she was forced to move her daughter from a school recently praised by Ofsted – because of bullies.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said her 10-year-old daughter had lost weight and all her confidence while she was a pupil at Newhall Community Junior School.

She alleged her daughter was bullied for more than a year, and it escalated in the six months leading up to Christmas.

She said: “She used to be really confident. Then in the first year she had problems with two girls.”

She said her daughter was so scared of going to school that she would stand with the dinner ladies at lunch time, and claimed the bullies also sent messages directly to her on Facebook about her daughter.

When her daughter started losing weight and sleep she was taken to see a doctor, then after Christmas she was enrolled at another school.

Since then she has gained weight and got her confidence back, said the mother.

Ther school’s head teacher Peter Seargeant said: “We have rigorous and effective systems in place to deal with poor behaviour, including any incidents of bullying. These were highlighted, and the positive impact they have commented on, by Ofsted when they inspected us.

“It’s not appropriate for us to comment on individual cases, but I can state that we look at any incidents very carefully and thoroughly, and promptly take appropriate action if it is necessary.

“If an individual parent has any concerns we’re always happy to talk to them and work with them to resolve any issues.”

The school was rated as good in all areas after its latest Ofsted inspection.

In the report, inspectors heaped praise on the ‘clear and determined’ leadership from school leaders.

The mother of three said the bullies should have been punished, or the school should have contacted their parents.

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