Hi ergo, so sorry to hear about your DD's experiences at her new school. I think I agree with Guest55 and perhaps a quiet word with the tutor may help so that maybe he/she could at least give a "global" warning to the whole class regarding cruel name callin and that it will not be tolerated. That might be all that is needed.
It is awful and I have to admit my DS is getting more and more tired as the term goes on and so they just don't have the strength to handle it emotionally.
Sadly he has been called "nerd" and "boffin" by some of his old primary school friends whilst out playing..I have told him to let it bounce off, or say "so what if I am" to them...I also told him to look up boffin in the dictionary and he was pleased with the definition! I am sure, however, that I would bring it to the attention of his tutor if it was happening in his school.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
Burneth, I admitted to liking maths to a yr9 class today. One smart mouthed boy called me a boffin. I smiled and said sweetly 'that's Ancient
boffin, to you'. Class just laughed and got on with their work.
I like your answer ... "so what if I am". The one I tell my boys to use if ever in such a circumstance is ...'And???' or 'So????' which also succeeds in shutting them up