"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets"
At St Anne’s we believe that everyone is sacred because we are all made in the image of God. For this reason, we aim to develop a school environment that values tolerance and diversity. We insist on high levels of respect, reverence and responsibility; not only for our own actions but the actions of others. Bullying directly contradicts these principles and therefore is completely unacceptable in our school. We always treat it seriously.
We have a zero tolerance approach to bullying and every report of bullying is thoroughly investigated by staff and dealt with according to the individual circumstances in which it has happened. As a school we follow and apply the Anti Bullying Alliance definition of bullying:
‘the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online.’
As with all instances of unacceptable behaviour a stepped and supportive approach will be taken when bullying has occurred. As well as issuing an appropriate sanction, our aim is to educate the bully by enabling them to understand the impact of their behaviour on the victim and our wider school community. We believe parents and carers have a responsibility for the actions of their children and so where possible we include them at every stage. Victims will be offered support in a range of ways whilst being treated in a thoughtful and sensitive manner. Bullying is not something which happens just once nor is it random, for this reason we ensure that our staff carefully monitor students to assess whether the situation has been resolved or whether further intervention is required.
What to do if you think you or someone you know is being bullied?
The Form Tutor should be the first point of contact for any student who feels they are a victim of bullying or thinks they may have witnessed it. Having said this, we do understand that a student may feel more comfortable telling another member of staff; this could be a class teacher, a Head of Year or a member of the Pastoral Team. We also have the ‘Tell Us’ button link on the front page of the school website. This can be used to report any kind of concern including bullying. The most important thing is that it is reported to someone as soon as possible.
Our Anti-Bullying Policy is currently under review. It will be updated in September 2020 and include a detailed description of the staged approach we take to monitoring and tracking of behavioural incidents through the use of an anti-bullying flow chart.