The father of a daughter involved in a bullying case at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman has called for a rethink of the school's anti-bullying policy.

The man, who does not wish to be named to protect the identity of his daughter, claims his child has been the target of bullies at the Ammanford secondary school for the past two-and-a-half years.

He explains: “My daughter has been harassed, assaulted and verbally abused at the school for far too long now. The action the school takes towards the bully is by putting them into segregation and suspending them, but it isn’t working because they come back to school and it happens all over again.

“I’ve attended meetings with the headteacher and governors, and education officers but nothing has changed. If anything, it is worse.

“My child has had enough and self-harmed because of what is going on at the school. I cannot understand why the school is not taking these pupils out of the education system. Why should my child have to suffer because the school cannot step in and remove them?

“Children have the right to be safe in school and not be bullied.

“I want the Welsh Government to step in and look at the school’s policy. The school has a duty of care and, in my opinion, this is not being carried out at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman.

“Why should my child have to put up with this every day? The policy needs looking at and something needs to change.

“You see so many horror stories and I feel like I’ve let my daughter down over this. She isn’t the same child she used to be. These are important school years for her, and her childhood is being taken away. All she wants to do is go to school, learn and enjoy herself.”

A statement from the school said: “Ysgol Dyffryn Aman takes a very strict and measured approach to the serious matter of bullying.

“There is a positive behaviour and anti-bullying policy in place, reviewed annually by the governing body, which follows the guidelines of the local education authority.

“The school and governors work closely with the local authority and other external agencies to effectively support pupils’ wellbeing and development.”