Anti-bullying Policy

Introduction

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils, so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.  Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school.  If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. 

We are a telling school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.

What is Bullying?

There is no legal definition of bullying. However, it is usually defined as behaviour that is:

Bullying can be:

Emotional
being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures).
Physical
pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence.
Racist
racial taunts, 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 email and internet chat room misuse. Mobile threats by text messaging and calls. Misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera and video facilities. Social Networking Sites.

Objectives of this Policy

Procedures

Outcomes

Prevention