Anti-Bullying

Children and young people have a right to feel safe within their community and the right to feel safe from bullying. Trafalgar School regards bullying as a serious matter and all instances will be dealt with accordingly.  To ignore bullying is to condone it, we are therefore all responsible for the safety and welfare of our students and combating bullying is a responsibility to be shared equally by every adult on our staff.

Bullying is a behaviour which can be defined as the repeated attack: physical, psychological, social or verbal in nature, by another, with the intention of causing distress for their own gain or gratification. It is the wilful conscious desire to hurt or threaten or frighten someone else.

A one-off incident may not necessarily be bullying.  A minor incident which is repeated however, is bullying.

Bullying impacts on attendance and attainment at school and can have a life-long impact on some young people’s lives.

Trafalgar School may regard any of the following as bullying:

  • Verbal or physical abuse
  • Threatening language or behaviour
  • Sexist language and harassment
  • Racist language and harassment
  • Negative language or harassment regarding sexual orientation (homophobic or biphobic bullying), or gender identity (transphobic bullying)
  • Demanding money, or goods and favours
  • Social ostracism
  • Denying someone access to their property
  • Spreading rumours or gossip
  • Name calling or teasing
  • Cyber bullying via social media and mobile phones.

Bullying behaviour that has been experienced in British schools within the last few years ranges from teasing, taunting, name-calling, jostling, punching, kicking, intimidation, extortion, to assault and maiming.  Nationally, one child, at least, has died as the result of bullying and some have committed suicide because of it.

We therefore strongly believe:

  • It is never a joke, or funny to the person being bullied
  • It is never an acceptable part of ‘just growing up’
  • It can never be excused by saying ‘they will get used to it’
  • It is never an accident
  • It is never excusable on the grounds that ‘he or she asked for it’ (irritating behaviour can always be dealt with in non-aggressive ways)
  • It is never a matter of weakness on the part of the person being bullied.

It is the responsibility of all staff, parents/carers, governors, volunteers, visitors and students to promote an anti-bullying culture; reporting and sanctioning incidents of bullying and protecting and supporting any victims of bullying.

If you are worried someone is being bullied, please complete the simple online report form or contact your child’s Head of House.

Preventative action

All members of the Trafalgar School community should be vigilant and aware of the signs of bullying. The overarching aim is to combat bullying by working together.

Students are encouraged to report any instances of bullying to members of staff, parents, students, student mentors, prefects and/or anonymously online should they wish.

The anti-bullying message is widely advertised in assemblies to develop a culture of zero tolerance and non-acceptance of bullying behaviour.

The Student Senior Leadership Team take an active lead, through School Council and other means, to raise the awareness of bullying throughout the academic year. All students and staff sign an anti-bullying charter, created by our students, annually.

Anti-bullying and Anti-bullying Week has a high profile throughout the year, in assemblies, PSHCE lessons, Personal Development Days and tutor time activities.

The School website aims to provide useful links to support victims and their parents. It also allows you to anonymously report any incidents of bullying.

Recommended on-line support and advice:

General

Staysafe.org’s guide on Internet Safety for Teens

Anti-bullying Alliance

Beatbullying

Bulliesout

Bullying UK (part of Family Lives) 

Childline

Cyber bullying

Internet Matters

Childnet International

Cyberbullying.org

Get Safe Online

Sexual & Physical Abuse

Kidscape

NSPCC