Any form of bullying behaviour, whether it be name-calling, physical assault, cyber-bullying or excluding pupils from a group will be taken seriously. All students should report bullying, whether they are a victim or a witness.
All students who bully will be punished, however the school will also address the needs of the bully as necessary. All victims are supported and receive counselling.
We have specially trained Peer Supporters in school who are available to talk to and to offer support. These students meet once every two weeks to share information and concerns and review our system. Peer Supporters also observe behaviour around the school and report any bullying as well as try to help deal with it. They run a lunchtime club to provide a quiet, safe place for students who want this. Peer Supporters can be identified by their badges.
To view the Anti-bullying Charter please click on the link below:
Are you a young person who's suffering at the hands of bullies? Or maybe you're witnessing others being bullied? Either way there are ways around it. Here are some anti-bullying tips for you from the Anti-bullying Alliance:
- It doesn't matter what colour hair you have; what trainers you are wearing; how you speak; how you walk; how you talk - it is not your fault if you get bullied. We are all different in some way and that's what makes us amazing.
- Whether you are a boy or a girl, old or young, big or small - bullying makes you feel rubbish and it's okay to be upset about it. The important thing is that you tell someone about it.
- If you feel you can, talk to a teacher you trust or your parents, brother or sister. If you don't want to do that you can always call Childline on 0800 11 11 or visit www.childline.org.uk
- Keep a record of what happened, when it happened, and who was involved. If the bullying is online, keep the evidence - save or copy any photos, videos, texts, emails or posts.
- It can be tempting if you are being bullied to retaliate - for example to send a horrible message back to someone; to try and embarrass and hurt the other person, or to fight back. This is not a good idea - you might end up being seen as the trouble maker or get yourself even more hurt.
- Think about other ways you can respond to bullying. For example, practise saying: "I don't like it when you say/do that - please stop." Think about other people who can help you if you are being bullied - this could be other classmates or a teacher.
- Only hang out with people who make you feel good about yourself. If someone constantly puts you down they are not a real friend and not worth your time.
- Be kind to yourself, and do things that make you feel good, relax and make new friends. You might play an instrument; write lyrics; draw cartoons; dance; act or join a sports club. This is your life so make sure it's the best life possible - don't let anyone bring you down.
- Remember to be kind to other people! Just because someone is different to you and your friends - that doesn't mean you are better than them or have a right to make them feel bad. If you mess up, say sorry. You don't have to be friends with everyone - but you should always show respect, make it clear that you don't like it when people bully others, and stick up for people who are having a hard time.