Bullying

The Academy is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our students so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our Academy. If bullying does occur, all students should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a “TELLING” community. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to report it to someone they trust, which can be a member of staff, Year Leader or Senior Leader. Knowing about incidents of bullying but not reporting them is unacceptable in the Academy.

What is bullying?

Bullying is the use of strength or aggression with the intention of hurting another person or making them fearful, over a period of time. Bullying results in pain and/or distress to the person being bullied.

Examples of bullying include:

  • Emotional being intentionally hostile, unfriendly, excluding, tormenting
  • Physical pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
  • Racist racial taunt, graffiti, gestures
  • Sexual unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
  • Homophobic because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality
  • Verbal name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
  • Cyber all areas of internet, such as e-mail and internet chat-room misuse, mobile threats by text messaging and calls, misuse of associated technologies, i.e. camera and video facilities

What should I do if I am being bullied or know someone else is?

Tell someone. This is often the most difficult aspect of bullying. Any member of staff that you are happy to confide in will listen and refer to the appropriate pastoral team.

If you are not confident to do this, parents or carers can contact the academy directly to report this. Once we are aware, we can begin to investigate and resolve the situation.

What will happen?

The academy has a clear process for investigating and recording bullying.

The pastoral team will investigate, which may include all involved writing statements. They will be supportive and listen to your views.

Once collected, a balanced view will be taken and appropriate sanctions will be implemented.

Further support will be available for both the victim and aggressor.