Anti-Bullying

Anti-Bullying Procedures

Bullying of any form is not tolerated by the academy. All staff and pupils should respect each individual and aim to make everyone feel comfortable, both on their way to and from the academy and within it. There must not be any fear of, or intimidation from, other people, either physical or psychological. Bullying can occur through several types of anti-social behaviour. It can be:

    • Physical – a person can be physically punched, kicked, spat at, etc.
    • Verbal – verbal abuse can take the form of name calling, it may be directed towards gender, ethnic origin, physical/social disability, or personality.
    • Exclusion – a person can be bullied by being deliberately and systematically excluded from discussion/activities with those they believe to be their friends.
    • Damage to property or theft – a person may have property damaged or stolen, physical threats may be used by the bully to coerce the person to hand over the property to them.
    • Cyber – this applies inside and outside of the academy through the use of Social media, instant messaging, email, text messaging and other internet sites.

Overview of Academy Procedures

Any accusations of bullying will be treated seriously and investigated by the Academy. Immediate responses will include those that are centred on the young person reporting the bullying. It is important that victims are not made to feel powerless so to this end, victims of bullying will, in the first instance, have a dialogue with an adult to discuss ways in which the situation can best be dealt with and this will include discussion on appropriate sanctions. S/he will also be offered safe areas for breaks and lunchtimes, early release from lessons to avoid busy spaces where a sense of vulnerability can escalate and support in The Zone or The Hub. The academy will:

  • Ensure all pupils are aware of the nature of the bullying.
  • Ensure all pupils are aware of the measures that will be taken against bullying.
  • Ensure that all staff and students are aware of the anti-bullying procedures.

Everyone in the Academy has a Responsibility to Stamp Out Bullying

As a pupil

If you suspect someone is being bullied:

  • Take action. Approach the victim, try talking her/him to find out the situation, and refer her/him to the Heads of Year/Senior Head of Year or any appropriate member of staff in school.
  • Tell an adult immediately.
  • Do not be, or pretend to be, friends with a bully just to avoid being bullied.

If you are being bullied:

  • Tell an adult.
  • Tell yourself that you do not deserve to be bullied, and that it is wrong.
  • Be proud of who you are.
  • Try not to show you are upset, it is difficult, but a bully thrives on someone’s fear.
  • Stay with a group of friends, there is safety in numbers.
  • Walk confidently away, go straight to a member of staff.
  • You may feel angry, but rise above it. Don’t get involved in a fight.
  • Be proud of who you are.

As a parent/carer:

  • Look for unusual behaviour. For example, your child may suddenly not wish to attend school, may feel ill regularly, or may not complete work to his/her normal standard.
  • Inform the academy immediately you suspect bullying.
  • Advise your child not to fight back.
  • Reassure your child that there is nothing wrong with her/him.
  • Make sure you and your child are aware of the academy’s Anti-bullying procedures and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare Policy on the academy’s website.
  • Do not get involved personally with other parents/carers either physically or on Social Media.
  • Make sure you talk to your child.

As a member of staff:

  • Record all incidents of bullying to the HOY/SHOY or VP
  • Log Safeguarding concerns resulting from such reports on CPOMS
  • Deal quickly, firmly and fairly with any complaints.
  • Encourage pupils and staff to form positive attitudes towards others.
  • Ensure that bullies are counselled and/or sanctioned appropriately.
  • Ensure that victims of bullying are given help, advice and support by appropriate staff or outside agencies.
  • Ensure that all staff, teaching and educational support staff, are given appropriate information and training where necessary.
  • Ensure that the academy uses any opportunity to discuss aspects of bullying and the appropriate way to behave towards each other, e.g. in the PSHCE programme.

Victims will be supported in the following ways:

  • By being offered the immediate opportunity to talk about the experience to an adult.
  • By the academy informing the victim’s parents/carers.
  • By the academy offering continued support when the victim feels s/he needs it.
  • By the HOY/SHOY or the Vice Principal taking disciplinary steps to prevent more bullying.

Bullies will be sanctioned and re-educated in the following ways:

  • By the HOY/SHOY or the Vice Principal talking about what happened, to discover the reasons they became involved.
  • By the HOY/SHOY or the Vice Principal informing the bullies’ parents/carers.
  • By all staff continuing to work with the bullies to get rid of prejudiced attitudes.
  • By the HOY/SHOY or the Vice Principal taking disciplinary steps to prevent more bullying.

Sanctions:

The academy operates a range of sanctions. These include:

  • An official warning to stop offending.
  • Inform bullies’ parents/carers.
  • Give detentions at break, lunch times, or after school.
  • Fixed Term Inclusion.
  • Exclusion from the academy social areas during break and at lunchtimes.
  • Meeting with the PCSO to discuss the laws around bullying and/or use of social media.
  • Fixed Term Exclusion.
  • Fixed Term Inclusion in another local school’s Isolation room.
  • A managed move to another school may be explored.
  • A recommendation for a permanent exclusion may be suggested/referral to Alternative Education.