Freebrough Against Bullying

What is the Freebrough Against Bullying Team?

The FAB Team supports all students within the Academy, ensuring that they are safe and happy whilst at school, in line with Every Child Matters. We also promote anti-bullying both within Freebrough Academy and the wider community.

They work in partnership with Miss Vodden in order to:

  • Promote anti-bullying both within the Academy and the wider community
  • Support all students in the Academy
  • Promote new and inventive ideas for anti-bullying around the Academy
  • Supporting staff within the Academy in terms of dealing with any bullying incident
  • Create termly surveys for both staff and students regarding the FAB team and anti-bullying
  • Ensure that all aspects of Every Child Matters is incorporated in the role

The FAB Team Journey

The FAB (Freebrough Against Bullying) Team have continued to go from strength to strength with visits to local primary schools, a feature on the local news and a national awards!

The team were nominated for a Diana Award for their outstanding effort in raising awareness of bullying and their peer mentoring programme. Freebrough Academy is one of the only schools in our region to offer support to students in this way. Libby and Adam were chosen to travel to London on 11 March 2013 to accept the award on behalf of the team. A Year 8 student was also chosen to receive an award for overcoming her own barriers and becoming a peer mentor to others.

The Diana Award was founded in 1999 by the UK Government to act as a lasting legacy to Princess Diana’s belief in the power of young people to change the world. Their vision is to promote a culture that celebrates young people from all sections of society who have made a selfless contribution to their community.

The team was also featured by Look North who came into showcase the ground-breaking work they are doing with anti-bullying consultant Kate Hillyard.

Freebrough were nominated as a showcase school and the team produced an anti-bullying video that was then published and shown at the Diana Awards in London. The team had the chance to meet a few famous faces and Joe Swash presented them with their award which is the third award for the team! We have also been nominated as a BIG school (Bullying Intervention Group) which is further recognition for the work that the team carry out.

Freebrough Against Bullying Team News 

The FAB Team had their first meeting of the Academic year last half term and discussed their aims for the year. Their roles within the team were also decided. Check back for more information soon about the FAB Team’s work this year. 

How to Access Support

Bullying, What can we do?

Although at Freebrough Academy bullying

is not a major issue, we recognise that it happens, we deal with it swiftly and we want to take every step to reduce its occurrence.

Please see below for a guide on bullying and how to deal with it.

What is bullying?
Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour which is repeated over a period of time and where it is difficult for the person who is being bullied to defend themselves.

One fight or disagreement is not necessarily bullying.  Friendship issues are very common, especially among girls.  Often rumours are spread and others become involved to stir up trouble.  Although this needs nipping in the bud to prevent it from escalating, it is not bullying.  Mediation between students who have fallen out is often very successful.


What can I do if my Child is being Bullied?

Stay calm, tell your child it is not their fault and you will deal with it together. Children and young people can often become more distressed if they feel that you are powerless or very upset. Try to keep your emotions under control even if bullying brings back bad memories for you.

In the first instance you should contact your child’s tutor at the Academy to report bullying and they will ensure that the matter is dealt with by the appropriate member of staff. You can also contact the Pastoral Leader for your child’s small school as detailed below:

Aspiration: Mr Bateman

Inspiration: Miss Vodden

Motivation: Mrs Holmes

Innovation: Mrs Douglas

Your child can email the FAB (Freebrough Against Bullying) team in confidence to request their support or alert them to any bullying issues at

Useful websites:

Anti-bullying Alliance



Parentline Plus

Types of Bullying


Insults, name calling, racism, homophobia, sexism or other victimisation.


Kicking, punching, fighting, damaging possessions.

Indirect or Emotional

Rumour spreading, leaving someone out, jeering and laughing.


Incidents that are violent should always be reported. Sometimes it is necessary to involve the police.

How you can help:

Encourage your child not to use, or retaliate with, violence.

Racism, Religion and Culture

Racism is the targeting of an individual because they are of a particular ethnic origin. This includes: making fun of their customs, music, accent or dress or refusing to work with others due to their different origin or religion.

How you can help:

Teach your child to respect others.

Homophobic Bullying

Homophobic bullying covers any hostile or offensive actions against those who are gay or bisexual, including:  social exclusion, harassment, insulting or degrading comments, taunts and ‘jokes’.

Young people who suffer from this type of bullying often find it difficult to ask for help as they are worried they will be judged.


This is when technology is used to hurt others. This can be done through text messages, photos, video clips, email, chat rooms, MSN instant messaging, games consoles and social networking (such as Facebook and Twitter).

If your child is cyberbullied you can take the following steps:

  • Save all evidence,
  • Report it to the service provider,
  • Do not respond to any messages.

How you can help:

Encourage your child to use technology safely and appropriately.

Click here to access the Think You Know website