Bullying is anti-social behaviour and affects everyone; it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Only when all issues of bullying are addressed will students be able to fully benefit from the opportunities available at the Academy
Bullying is defined as the conscious desire to hurt, threaten, frighten or make someone feel uncomfortable repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. The three main types of bullying are:
Physical (hitting, kicking, theft). Verbal (name calling, racist remarks). Indirect (spreading rumours, excluding someone from social groups).
Students who are being bullied may show changes in behaviour, such as becoming shy and nervous, feigning illness, taking unusual absences or clinging to adults. There may be evidence of changes in work patterns, lacking concentration or truanting from the Academy. Students must be encouraged to report bullying in the Academy.
The Academy's teaching and ancillary staff must be alert to signs of bullying and act promptly and firmly against it in accordance with Academy policy.
The Principal has a legal duty under the Schools Standards and Frameworks Act 1998 to draw up procedures to prevent bullying among students and to bring these procedures to the attention of staff, parents and students.
The following steps should be taken when dealing with incidents:
If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of staff who has been approached. A clear account of the incident will be recorded and given to the Head of Year. The Head of Year will interview all concerned and will record the incident. Personal Tutors will be kept informed and if it persists the Personal Tutor will advise the appropriate subject teachers. Parents will be kept informed. Punitive measures will be used as appropriate and in consultation with all parties concerned.
Within the curriculum the Academy will raise the awareness of the nature of bullying through inclusion in Tutorial, Registration time, assemblies and subject areas, as appropriate, in an attempt to eradicate such behaviour.
The Academy will review this policy annually and assess its implementation and effectiveness. The policy will be promoted and implemented throughout the Academy.