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Bullied Daley may move schools

Tom Daley: 'It's getting really annoying now'

An independent Plymouth school is in talks about giving a place to bullied teenage Olympic diver Tom Daley.

The move follows allegations of bullying at his current school, Eggbuckland Community College.

Plymouth College - which prides itself on its swimming programme - confirmed it had talked to Tom's father, but discussions were at an early stage.

Eggbuckland Community College said in a statement that its policy was to deal firmly with bullying.

Tom, 14, from Plymouth, was on the British team at the Beijing games and earlier this week won silver at the World Series in Sheffield.

It's not high-level bullying, just name calling, someone chucking a bit of paper at you
Tom Daley

His father Rob said: "We have had discussions with Plymouth College, but they are at their initial stages.

"Every parent has a responsibility to make sure that their children have the best."

Tom said this week that the bullying was not "high-level" but "everyone in the school" was doing it.

Tom said: "It's not getting to me, as in the words are upsetting me, it's just the fact that I can't have a normal school life like everybody else.

"It's not high-level bullying, just name calling, someone chucking a bit of paper at you, tipping your pencil case out.

"After the Olympics it went mad... everyone that you walk past has a little dig at you."

He said he had not been back to school since before the Easter holidays and had considered changing schools.

Katrina Borowski, principal of Eggbuckland Community College, said: "Tom's extremely high profile has led to a minority of students acting in an immature way towards him.

"All involved in his education are supporting him as best we can and immediate action was taken to address concerns raised."



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