We are committed to providing a supportive, caring and safe environment for all of our students so they can learn in an atmosphere where they feel happy, secure and without the fear of being bullied.
Bullying of any kind is anti-social behaviour and affects everyone; it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Burnage. We deal with all incidents promptly and effectively.
Bullying is behaviour that is deliberately hurtful, repeated over a period of time and where it is difficult for the person being bullied to defend themselves.
Bullying can take different forms:
- Verbal bullying (name-calling, sarcasm, taunting, teasing, spreading rumours, etc.)
- Psychological / Emotional bullying (excluding, tormenting, hiding things, making gestures, etc.)
- Physical bullying (pushing, kicking, hitting, spitting, or any other use of physical violence)
- Cyberbullying (email and internet chat room misuse, mobile threats by text or calls, misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera/video facilities, etc.)
- Damage to property or theft (the bully may use physical threats in order that the victim hands over property or money to them)
In our school, all forms and types of bullying are treated the same. They are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
What Should Happen If Someone Is Being Bullied
If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident must be dealt with immediately by the member of staff who has been approached and the following actions taken:
- The victim is given an immediate opportunity to talk about the experience – usually with the relevant House Leader. Form tutors are also kept informed.
- The victim’s parent/carers are informed and are kept in regular communication.
- Continued support is offered as required.
- The bully’s parents/carers are also informed.
- The bully will be spoken to about the reasons behind the bullying and also to make them aware/get rid of prejudiced attitudes as far as possible.
- Punitive measures will be used as appropriate and in consultation with all parties concerned.
- Interventions and continued monitoring will be undertaken by House Leaders and Form Tutors.
- All incidents are appropriately logged on the schools data system – SIMS
What To Do If You Suspect Someone’s Being Bullied
Burnage encourages students to report bullying in confidence. They can do so directly through their Form Tutor or House Leader or through our on-line reporting system – SHARP. However, if student safety is at risk then staff are aware that they cannot keep the information confidential.
Any carer/parent who feels an issue has not been properly addressed by the school and wishes to take things further should follow the steps below:
- Contact Form Tutor or House Leader at school
- If the problem is not resolved contact a member of the Leadership Group
- Contact outside agency support if needed.
- Contact the school Chair of Governors and ask them to look into the problem on your behalf
- Contact Local Authority for further advice and guidance
People in school who are trained to help you include:
- Mr Ross
- Mr Iqbal
- Mrs Cottrill (Ash)
- Miss McNair (Oak)
- Mrs Senior (Maple)
- Miss Wadeson (Rowan)
- Mr Rogers
- Mrs Lewis
- Mr Shah
School Behaviour Mentors:
- Gary Kelembeck
- Mohammed Osman
For more information on our Anti-bullying measures, please see our Student Anti Bullying Policy