Anti-Bullying Information: Our Zero Tolerance Policy

What all students need to know

Wykham Park Academy is a comprehensive school. That means it is for everybody. In this school we believe that everyone has a right to equal chances. Each individual is valued and respected for who she/he is.

See our Policies page for our Anti-Bullying Policy.

  • We are a school where bullying is seen as unacceptable by all members of the academy
  • We will deal with it seriously and sensitively if we are told about it
  • We will take appropriate action
  • We will not tolerate bullying

Definition: What is Bullying?

Bullying is defined as behaviour that is:

  • repeated
  • intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
  • often aimed at certain groups, for example because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation

It takes many forms and can include:

  • physical assault
  • teasing
  • making threats
  • name calling
  • cyberbullying – bullying via mobile phone or online (for example email, social networks and instant messenger)

Think

  • Is it funny or is it unkind?
  • Does the person on the receiving end think it’s funny?
  • Would you think it funny if it was happening to you?

REMEMBER

  • Bullying is making someone miserable by being unpleasant to them on an on-going persistent basis
  • A one-off argument or fight may be upsetting. It may need to be dealt with by a teacher – but it’s not bullying
  • You can help yourself by ignoring comments – Do not react but tell someone

What should you do if you’re being bullied?

  • Tell your parents/carers, friends, teachers or Head of College.
  • Remember that bullying is never your fault and it can be stopped
  • Value yourself and your feelings
  • If you are being bullied, look bullies in the eye, be firm and clear and tell them to stop
  • Get away from the situation as quickly as possible

How can you help someone who is being bullied?

  • Tell an adult about it
  • Support them
  • Encourage the victim to get help

DO NOT SUFFER IN SILENCE

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