We are committed to reducing the number of bullying incidents in school, acting quickly and effectively when bullying does occur and developing the skills and confidence of students so that our young people feel safe and happy. Bullying will not be tolerated in our school.
Our anti-bullying policy creates a framework to help us achieve our aims for students and the school.
- What is bullying?
- What types of bullying are there?
- Why is DHFS against bullying?
- Advice for students being bullied
- Our message to students who bully others
- Further advice about bullying
- Bullying is "Behaviour by an individual or a group, usually repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally and involves an imbalance of power". (DfE "Preventing and Tackling Bullying", October 2014).
- Bullying is usually deliberate and repetitive.
- Bullying can take many different forms such as: verbal, indirect and physical.
- Bullying related to race, religion or culture
- Bullying related to SEND (Special Educational Needs or Disability)
- Bullying related to appearance or physical / mental health conditions
- Bullying related to sexual orientation (homophobic and biphobic bullying)
- Bullying of young carers, children in care or otherwise related to home circumstances
- Sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying
- Bullying via technology – "cyberbullying"
- Everyone has the right to feel safe, welcome, happy and secure
- We should all treat everyone with consideration and respect
- Bullying of any kind is completely unacceptable at DHFS
What should I do if I am being bullied?
Respect yourself and do not tolerate it when someone is making you feel unhappy by what they are doing.
- Tell them to stop – be assertive, but not aggressive.
- Do not retaliate (fight back or do the same as them), this will make your behaviour no better than theirs. You may be excluded if you hit someone even though they are bullying you. We do not resolve conflicts in our school with violence.
- Tell a friend or your parent / carer.
- Tell an Anti-Bullying Ambassador.
- Tell your form mentor or another member of staff you trust.
- Call the school anti-bullying hotline: 01246 581134
What happens if you report bullying?
Our anti-bullying policy is clear. Staff will always listen to a student if they want to tell them about bullying. A student can ask for advice but no action yet.
If a student wants action taken then:
- The incident is investigated and recorded
- If evidence of bullying has been found the person who is the bully is issued a sanction
- Support will be provided to those involved
- Teachers / mentors will be kept informed
- Parents / carers will be kept informed
- Bullying persists; report it again
- If necessary and appropriate, the police or other local services will be consulted
- Records of the bullying incident account will remain in the school's anti-bullying log until you leave school
But what if reporting bullying makes things worse?
Evidence suggests that 9 times out of 10, a formal verbal warning will end the bullying behaviour. In some cases, the bullying may continue or get worse. Students should continue to tell staff about bullying incidents so that more serious action can be taken. If the bullying student repeatedly ignores warnings given to them, the Headteacher may permanently exclude a student.
If you are identified as being involved in bullying, sanctions could include:
- Formal verbal warning - recorded in the School's Anti-bullying log
- Attend a meeting with your parents
- Headteacher's detention
- Internal Seclusion
- Fixed Term Exclusion
The sanction for bullying will depend upon the type and frequency of the bullying behaviour.
Bystanders are people who are aware of bullying but do nothing about it. Bystanders to bullying may also face a sanction for failing to comply with the school's code of conduct.
Bullying is not acceptable. Don't be a bystander to bullying.
The above information, along with further advice for parents/carers, is included in the booklet provided below.