Preventing Bullying

We ask parents to contact the Pastoral leader or tutor if they believe their daughter is being bullied.

Bullying is any behaviour which causes hurt, fear or distress to another person.  Bullying can include any form of discrimination or inappropriate references relating to a student’s sexuality, race or gender. It is a behaviour that takes place Several Times On Purpose (STOP).

Bullying can involve:

Emotional being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)                                    
Physical pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence, damage to property
Racist racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
Faith or Religion regarding beliefs, dress or religious symbols
Sexual unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
Homophobic associated with or focused on the issue of sexuality
Verbal name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing, threats
Cyber all areas of internet - email and internet chat room misuse, mobile threats by text messaging and calls and misuse of associated technology,  i.e. camera and video facilities                                                                                 
Disability disability-related harassment
In the community on the bus, at the park, in places of worship – including cyberbullying.
Bullying through a third party including any form of discrimination or inappropriate references relating to a student’s sexuality, race or gender.

Parents guide to Anti-Bullying can be found HERE


We encourage all students to Start Telling Other People if they are being bullied.  If we work together, we can try to put a STOP to bullying.

The following anti-bullying measures are in place:

  • information for students when they join the College
  • information for parents
  • work on bullying issues and friendship in SEAL and IAG lessons
  • assemblies
  • supervision of students during breaks and lunchtimes
  • management of movement in corridors
  • training for all staff
  • careful record-keeping and monitoring of incidents
  • regular involvement of students, parents and governors in reviewing our anti-bullying policy
  • trained peer mentors running a Friends Against Bullying And Discrimination (FABAD) support group
  • FABAD website
  • Together Against Homophobia Group
  • a permanent anti-bullying display board, which is regularly updated
  • support e-mail address – [email protected]
  • questionnaires given to a random sample of students, parents and staff to monitor the incidents, the nature of any bullying and to raise awareness in the College
  • involvement in the Textsome pilot scheme.

The College is an Anti-Bullying Community Award (ABC) Holder and a Stonewall School Champion – Bronze Award Holder.

There are many ways in which bullying can be tackled and in most cases the problem can be solved.  In dealing with more serious cases, we may do one or more of the following:

  • contact parents
  • use College sanctions, for example report, exclusion
  • draw up a contract of behaviour
  • offer friendship group activities
  • make staff aware of the problem and ask that they monitor behaviour
  • ask a senior member of staff to monitor the bullying student’s behaviour
  • implement conflict resolution / mediation / restorative justice
  • contact the police.