Preventing bullying

Year 7 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

Jared

Why is this role important to you?

This is important to me because I would like to make sure this school is a really nice place to be and that there is no bullying.

I feel proud that Mr Rose recommended me to be an Anti-Bullying Ambassador and I want to show him that he has made the right choice.

Grace

Why is this role important to you?

The role is important to me because I love helping people and being people’s friend.

Year 8 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

Scarlet

Why is this role important to you?

I have been bulled before and I do not want people to go through what I went through.

Being bullied messes with your mental health.

Rian

Why is this role important to you?

This role is important to me because people who get bullied can sometimes self-harm and commit suicide.

I do not want this to happen to people in this school.

Year 9 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

Maddie

Why is this role important to you?

It is important to me because I want to help people and be the best version of myself.

Chloe

Why is this role important to you?

This is important to me because I was bullied in primary school and if I had someone to talk to it would have helped me get through it.

I now want to be the person to be there for others.

Year 10 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

Mir

Why is this role important to you?

Being an Anti-Bullying Ambassador is a great honour for me. By doing this I hope I can make a difference and put a stop to any bullying in our school.

Megan

Why is this role important to you?

Nobody should have to deal with things alone, I want to be there for everyone and everybody who needs somebody.

Year 11 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

Hunter

Why is this role important to you?

When I was younger, I constantly got bullied. This role means that I can help people who struggle when others couldn’t help me.

I just want to make a difference.

Finlay

Why is this role important to you?

Bullying really isn’t ‘ok’.

I want to help stop any bullying in our school.

Talie-Mae

Why is this role important to you?

I know children get bullied and I want to help and give them a place to come and speak to someone.  I hope that by giving children a safe place to speak, bullying will be resolved quicker.

Our Commitment

The Academy is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our students, so they can learn in a calm and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable in the Academy. If bullying does occur, all students should be able to talk in confidence, knowing that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.

What do we mean by bullying?

Bullying involves dominance of one student by another, or a group of others, is premeditated and usually forms a pattern of behaviour. It is behaviour which is intended to hurt, threaten or otherwise intimidate another person and can result in pain and distress to the victim in a physical or mental form. Bullying is therefore: 

  • Deliberately hurtful; 
  • Repeated, often over a period of time; 
  • Difficult for victims to defend themselves against.

It can take many forms but the main types are:

  • Physical - hitting, kicking, and taking another’s belongings; 
  • Verbal - name calling, insulting, making offensive remarks; 
  • Indirect - spreading nasty stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, being made the subject of rumours in any form 
  • Cyber – name calling, insulting others, spreading rumours or images. 
  • Psychological bullying - defined as any kind of intentional and purposeful mental abuse. 

Some forms of bullying are attacks not only on the individual, but also on the group to which the victim may belong. Within school we will pay particular attention to: 

  • Racial harassment and racist bullying; 
  • Sexual and gender-based bullying; 
  • The use of homophobic language including biphobic and transphobic references, including deadnaming; 
  • Bullying of students who have special educational needs or disabilities.
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Preventing bullying

Our curriculum, including PSHE and SMSC assemblies, will be used to: 

  • Raise awareness about bullying and our anti-bullying policy; 
  • Increase understanding for victims and help build an anti-bullying ethos; 
  • Teach students how to manage their relationships constructively with others. 
  • Teach students, through our Online Safety curriculum , how to respond to online bullying 
  • To enable students to have an input into the anti-bullying policy, assemblies and tutor programme

Poster campaigns on notice boards and in classrooms will be used to remind students that bullying is not acceptable and to tell them what to do should they feel bullied.

Our Academy Student Council offers a forum in which concerns about bullying can be discussed on a regular basis. 
Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are available to speak to students at break times.

We provide guidance to all our students to explain what they should do if they are being bullied, or if they see another student being bullied.

Each week the Designated Safeguarding Lead will review bullying and racist incident reports to identify patterns in reported incidents. This can include looking at frequency of students names being reported, times of the day, cyber bullying trends and areas within the school where bullying has taken place.

Through their work with SLT, the pastoral team and wider school staff, any patterns in reported incidents will be addressed. Emerging trends in cyber bullying will be addressed through online safety lessons and online safety assemblies.

Staff training on preventing bullying is included as part of our annual safeguarding training. Staff will made aware of emerging trends through our Safeguarding Updates in our weekly staff briefings.

Concerns, complaints and compliments

We recognise that there may be times when parents/carers feel that we have not dealt well with an incident of bullying - and we would ask that this is brought to the Principal’s notice if the pastoral leaders have not fully completed their investigations and work to your satisfaction. If he/she cannot resolve these concerns informally, parents/carers can raise their concerns more formally through the Academy’s Complaints Procedure. We would also be pleased to receive Compliments – feedback from parents and carers when things have gone well and is most welcome to support our drive to do our best for our students.

Please contact the Academy through our Contact Us page.

More information can be found in our Preventing Bullying Policy.