What all students need to know
Banbury 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.
- We are a school where bullying is seen as unacceptable by all members of the school
- We will deal with it seriously and sensitively
- We will take appropriate action
- We will not tolerate bullying
Definition: What is Bullying?
Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. The main types of bullying are:
- Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching, taking or damaging the belongings of others and any other form of violence
- Verbal – name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, issuing threats, racist and insulting remarks
- Emotional – excluding someone, tormenting someone, ridiculing, humiliation
- Racist – racist taunts, graffiti, gestures
- Sexual – unwanted physical contact, abusive comments, homophobic comments
- Online/Cyber – setting up hate websites, sending text messages, emails and abusing the victims via their mobile phones.
- Is it funny or is it bullying?
- Does the person on the receiving end think it's funny?
Would you think it funny if it was happening to you?
- Bullying is making someone miserable by being unpleasant to them on an on-going 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?
- 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
- Tell your parents/carers, friends, teachers or Pastoral Manager
How can you help someone who is being bullied?
- Support them
- Tell an adult about it
Encourage the victim to get help
DO NOT SUFFER IN SILENCE!