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.
There are a number of ways in which you can report bullying in school, either as the victim or as someone who has witnessed it:
- Let a member of staff know;
- Let your Bullying Ambassador know (if in Years 7-9);
- Let 6th Form Peer Support know (found either in the Video Conference room, opposite library, or in C7 during lunchtime)
- Use the 'Bully Box' near the Resource Room and next to the Pastoral Support Office;
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org