A school is using virtual reality so that its good work in the prevention of bullying continues.

Broomfield School, in Wilmer Way, Palmers Green, works to prevent bullying all year round.

For Anti-Bullying Week from Monday November 13 to Friday November 17 it ran workshops for Year 7 pupils.

One workshop used computer simulation so pupils could see a bullying situation develop, before talking virtually to the bullies and victims.

Pupils were able to ask about the reasons for the bullies’ behaviour, their feelings and how bullying could be stopped.

Peter Travis, Broomfield School head teacher, said: “We take bullying very seriously at Broomfield School and work very hard to prevent it in the first place and to stop it immediately, should it occur.

“We believe in encouraging the whole school community to help prevent and tackle bullying and our pupils are incredibly keen to play a key role in ensuring that all of the young people at this school are treated with respect, kindness and consideration, regardless of their background, culture, gender, race or sexual orientation.”

Year 10 and 11 Peer Mentors ran sessions too.

They are people who vulnerable pupils can speak with about bullying, and who then liaise with teachers.

This year peer mentors are focussing on racial bullying, cyberbullying, how to prevent bullying behaviour and forming positive relationships.

The role of peer mentors was set up at Broomfield School four years ago.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for education, children’s services and protection, said: “We do not tolerate bullying in our schools and all of Enfield’s schools work really hard to deal quickly and effectively with bullying but also work tirelessly to create conditions where learning and mutual respect between pupils and staff exists.

“This work is reflected in the fact that Ofsted have rated 93 percent of the schools in Enfield as good or outstanding – a statistic we are incredibly proud of.

"The work being done by Broomfield School is a superb example of how children and adults can work together to create creative and effective solutions to bullying, promote tolerance and encourage the creation of strong communities."