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  • General

    • School Policy Regarding Bullying

      A Definition of Bullying

      Deliberately hurtful (including aggression);

      • Repeated often over a period of time, while recognising that even a one-off incident can leave a learner traumatised and nervous of future recurrence; and
      • Difficult for victims to defend themselves against.

      The Nature of Bullying

      Bullying can be physical and/or verbal and/or psychological.

      We recognise that bullying occurs occasionally at Friars, as it does in any other school. 

      • We emphasise the importance of the following:

        • that pupils should be encouraged to respect others;
        • that bullying should be discussed in lessons, mentioned in  assemblies etc. so that awareness is maintained and strategies for dealing with it are known;
        • that the school has supervisory staff on duty before and after school and during breaks;
        • that information about incidents of bullying is given to everyone who needs to know;
        • that bullying on the way to or from school, or bullying which began outside school (e.g. via the internet in the evenings) but which continues in school will be dealt with by the school.


        The school encourages pupils to tell if they are the victims of or witness bullying. They should tell their Year Team Leader in the first instance. Both victims and bullies are interviewed by the Year Team Leader who will decide on the appropriate action to take. More serious cases are usually referred to the Headteacher who may decide to exclude the bully from school.

        The school often uses outside agencies, such as the Educational Welfare Service, Educational Psychologist or School Medical Service. A formal referral is often made and the school will respond to guidance from the agency.

        Sixth Formers are allocated to Year 7 classes to assist with literacy work, to act as counsellors and to offer support.