Students in Year 7 celebrated their first day at Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy with a balloon release.

Each Year 7 student was asked to write down their fears about secondary school on a tag which was tied to a balloon.

The whole of Year 7 then released the balloons, which are bio-degradable, on the school field.

Before the balloon release, deputy head Mr Shenton talked to students about bullying and how it is not tolerated, how it can be reported and how it is dealt with.

Students can email their concerns anonymously to staff or write them down and post them in a box which is in school reception. Along with fully trained members of staff, older students also act as anti-bullying ambassadors.

Tracey Woodings, House Achievement Manager and anti-bullying ambassador, said there was plenty of support available for all students at the academy.

She said: “This was a lovely way for our new Year 7 students to end their first day and hopefully they went home feeling confident that there are a number of different ways that they can report any concerns to us.”

Head teacher Kevin Gritton said: “We are delighted to welcome the new Year 7 students to our wonderful school community and the balloon release is a great celebration of their first day. We know that the move from primary to secondary can be a little daunting so this is just a way of reassuring them that we do not tolerate bullying and there is plenty of support in place for them.”

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