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Anti-Bullying Policy

Anti-Bullying policy for Brownedge St Mary’s Catholic High School

and Sports College

 

Mission Statement

 Brownedge St. Mary’s Roman Catholic High School and SportsCollege exists to help all pupils to discover their physical, intellectual, social, moral, cultural and spiritual talents, to recognise them thankfully as God.s gifts and to develop them to their full potential.

The school seeks to prepare pupils, through the experience of being part of a safe, caring Christian community in school, to take their place in later life as committed members of the church and caring members of society.

Statement of Intent

In the light of the school Mission Statement Brownedge St Mary’s High
School recognises that we are committed to provide a caring, friendly and
safe environment for pupils and staff without the fear of being bullied. All
schools, large and small, contain pupils who have the potential for bullying behaviour. 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. Swift, systematic and efficient means of dealing with incidents is necessary as well as staff having knowledge of the procedures which are necessary for effective results.

What Is Bullying?
Bullying is the use of words or actions with the intention of hurting another person. It is not the same as pupils having an argument or falling out of friendship, it is more than this. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.

Bullying can be:

  •  Emotional     being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books,  threatening gestures, taking friends away)
  • 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 & internet chat room misuse

Mobile threats by text messaging & calls
Misuse of associated technology , i.e. camera &video facilities
Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.
Pupils
If you are being bullied you should.

  •  Never suffer in silence
  •  Tell someone straight away
  •  Tell a teacher, member of staff, friend or
  •  Put a note in the Pupil Suggestion Box

If you think a pupil is being bullied you should…

  •  Tell a member of staff or drop a note in the Pupil Suggestion Box saying who is being bullied

Pupils are being encouraged to work together in order to highlight/take a stand against instances of bullying through providing peer support. Pupils are made aware of the consequences associated with bullying

Parents
If you think your child is being bullied in school, do not hesitate to contact school immediately and speak to your child’s Head of Year even if your child tells you not to, we can only help if we know. Watch for signs of bullying which could include:-

Unexplained physical injuries/abuse of personal belongings
Reluctance to attend school
Changes in mood (child becoming withdrawn)

An investigation will then commence. The investigation will involve talking to the alleged victim as well as the pupil(s) involved in the alleged bullying. Witnesses will always be sought so we can gather a full picture of what has been happening. We will keep parents informed on what actions we are taking and what outcomes have been brought about.

Schools have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

What the School does to prevent bullying

  • All governors, teaching and non-teaching staff, pupils and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.
  • All governors and teaching and non-teaching staff should know what the school policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.
  • All pupils and parents should know what the school policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
  • As a school we take bullying seriously. Pupils and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.

Bullying will not be tolerated. Attempts will be made to support pupils in changing bullying behaviours when they occur. The school is prepared to permanently exclude pupils involved in repeated and persistent bullying or in cases of gross and extreme bullying.

Year Heads and Form Tutors will

  • Fully investigate and deal with all occasions of alleged bullying
  • Raise awareness of the anti-social nature of bullying and how to deal with it in school through a planned programme to take place in the Autumn
  • Term each academic year with special assemblies and PSHE work
  • Encourage pupils to inform staff when they see an instance of bullying
  • Remain vigilant for signs of bullying evident in overall pupil performance
  • Continue to develop resources designed to educate pupils and combat
  • bullying
  • Encourage parents to contact the school with any concerns about

bullying, emphasising that complaints will be taken seriously

Procedures

1.         Report bullying incidents to staff

2.         In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be recorded by staff.

Head of Year will log serious incidents in a centrally held book to include the names of the bully(ies)/victim(s) date and action taken.

Racial incidents will be recorded separately via Mrs Goldson.

3.         In serious cases parents should be informed and will be asked to come

in to a meeting to discuss the problem

4.         If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted

5.         The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and

the bullying stopped quickly

6.         An attempt will be made to help the bully change their behaviour

 

Outcomes

Disciplinary steps will be taken to prevent further occurrences. The bully

(bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologise and other consequences may

take place.

1) Parents/Guardians may be informed

2) The bully (bullies) may be supervised/isolated at lunch and break time

if the first warning goes unheeded

3)Involvement of outside agencies where appropriate

4) In serious cases, suspension or even exclusion will be considered

5) If possible, the pupils will be reconciled

6) After the incident / incidents have been investigated and dealt with,

each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take

place.

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