St Saviour’s & St Olave’s believes that its community has the right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without the fear of being bullied. Our School also has a clear policy on the promotion of good citizenship and the development of students' social and emotional skills. It is made clear that bullying is a form of anti-social behaviour. It is WRONG and will not be tolerated.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
It is deliberate victimisation, which is on-going. Bullying can occur through several types of anti-social behaviour. It can be:
A child can be physically punched, kicked, hit, spat at, etc.
Verbal abuse can take the form of name calling. It may be directed towards gender, ethnic origin, physical/social disability, personality, sexuality etc.
A child can be bullied by being deliberately excluded or tormented by those they believe to be their friends.
d) DAMAGE TO PROPERTY OR THEFT
Students may have their property damaged or stolen. Threatening behaviour may be used by the bully in order that the student hand over property to them.
Using email, social networking sites, mobile phones and other technologies to intimidate and upset others.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED?
Remember that your silence is the bully’s greatest weapon!
a) Tell yourself that you do not deserve to be bullied, and that it is WRONG!
b) Be proud of who you are. It is good to be individual.
c) Try not to show that you are upset. It is hard but a bully thrives on someone’s fear.
d) It is best to tell an adult you trust straight away. You will get immediate support.
Teachers will take you seriously and will deal with bullies in a way which will end the bullying and will not make things worse for you.
IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE IS BEING BULLIED:
a) TAKE ACTION! Watching and doing nothing looks as if you are on the side of the bully. It makes the victim feel more unhappy and on their own.
b) If you feel you cannot get involved, tell an adult IMMEDIATELY. Teachers have ways of dealing with the bully without getting you into trouble.
c) Do not be, or pretend to be, friends with a bully.
AS A PARENT/CARER, please:
a) Always take an active role in your child’s education. Enquire how their day has gone, who they have spent their time with, how lunch time was spent etc.
b) If you feel your child may be a victim of bullying behaviour, inform the School immediately. Your complaint will be taken seriously and appropriate action will follow.
c) It is important that you advise your child not to fight back. It can make matters worse!
d) Make sure your child is fully aware of the School policy concerning bullying, and that they should not be afraid
AS A SCHOOL, WE:
a) Treat bullying as a serious offence and take every possible action to eradicate it from our School.
b) Use any opportunity to discuss aspects of bullying, and the appropriate way to behave towards each other, including the PSHE programme, assemblies, the School Council, peer coaching, Form Prefects, teaching about online safety.
c) Deal quickly, firmly and fairly with any complaints, involving parents where necessary.
d) Record all incidents of bullying
e) Review the School Policy and its degree of success.
f) Encourage students to treat everyone with respect.
g) Ensure that students are aware of the range of support available to them, including teachers (particularly Form Tutors), senior staff, Pastoral Leaders, Learning Mentors, School Chaplain, Dramatherapist, Directors of Learning, Sixth Form Prefects.
ACTION TO BE TAKEN WHEN BULLYING IS SUSPECTED:
If bullying is suspected we talk to the suspected victim, the suspected bully and any witnesses. If any degree of bullying is identified, help, support and counselling will be given as is appropriate to both the victims and the bullies.
1. They will be warned officially to stop offending.
2. Informing the bullies’ parents/guardians.
3. If they do not stop bullying they will be excluded for a short fixed period.
4. If they then carry on they will be recommended for a major fixed period (up to 45 days).
5. If they will not end such behaviour, they will be recommended for permanent exclusion.