Why is St Mary’s Catholic High School against Bullying?
Everyone has the right to an education in a caring supportive environment and to feel safe whilst at school. At St Mary’s we want everyone to respect one another so that all pupils can learn and grow to become the best that they can be. It is particularly important to us that pupils feels safe when they travel on our school buses. We have Sixth Form Bus Prefects and Bus Behaviour Contracts to help us achieve and monitor appropriate standards of behaviour on all our school buses.
We are committed to keeping the number of bullying incidents in school as low as possible by acting quickly and effectively when bullying does occur, and developing the skills and confidence of pupils so that our young people feel safe and happy. Bullying will not be tolerated in our school. Our Anti-Bullying Policy helps us achieve our aims for pupils and the school.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is “Behaviour by an individual or a group, usually repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally and involves an imbalance of power”. (DfE “Preventing and Tackling Bullying“, October 2014).
Bullying is usually deliberate and repetitive.
Bullying can take many different forms such as verbal, indirect and physical.
Bullying is a persistent attempt to hurt, threaten or frighten someone and can be carried out by individuals or groups.
What types of bullying are there?
Bullying related to race, religion or culture
Bullying related to SEND (Special Educational Needs or Disability)
Bullying related to appearance or physical / mental health conditions
Bullying related to sexual orientation (homophobic bullying)
Bullying of young carers, children in care or otherwise related to home circumstances
Sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying
Bullying via technology – “cyberbullying”
What is Cyber bullying?
Cyber bullying is the use of Information Communications Technology (ICT), particularly mobile phones and the internet, deliberately to upset someone else. These are some things to remember that will help prevent and deal with cyber bullying:
Always respect others. Be careful what you say online and what images you send.
Think before you send. Whatever you send can be made public very quickly and could stay online forever.
Treat your password like your toothbrush. Keep it to yourself. Only give your mobile number or personal website address to trusted friends.
Block the bully. Learn how to block or report someone who is behaving badly.
Don’t retaliate or reply.
Save the evidence. Learn how to keep records of offending messages, pictures or online conversations.
What should I do if I am being bullied?
Respect yourself and do not tolerate it when someone is making you feel unhappy by what they are doing.
Tell them to stop – be assertive, but not aggressive.
Do not retaliate (fight back or do the same as them), this will make your behaviour no better than theirs. We do not resolve conflicts in our school with violence.
Tell a friend or your parent / carer.
Tell a sixth former lower link student.
Tell your form tutor or another member of staff you trust.
ANTI BULLYING POLICY