School Life

Bullying

REMEMBER

Your Form Tutor, Head of Year, Pastoral Support Manager, parents, carers, mentors and your friends can help you if you are coming under pressure.

DON’T LET BULLIES HAVE THINGS THEIR WAY!

IT IS SAFE TO TELL

IT IS SAFE AND EASY TO TALK

 

LEASOWES ANTI-BULLYING PLEDGE

“We pledge to make Leasowes an anti-bullying community by treating each other with respect, reporting incidents of bullying to staff and to never stand by and watch others get hurt.”

Bullying

Leasowes High School is a place where students and staff work together to learn and achieve. We believe that every member of the school has the right to enjoy learning and leisure free from any bullying.

Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at the school. If bullying does occur, all students should be able to tell and know that the incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying can result in both physical and emotional pain and distress to the victim.

Bullying can include:

Emotional: being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting.
Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence.
Racial: taunting, graffiti, gestures.
Sexual: unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments.
Homophobic: focusing on the issue of sexuality.
Verbal: name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing.
Cyber: all areas of internet, such as email and internet chat room misuse, mobile phone threats by text and calling, misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera and video facilities. If you are caught using your mobile phone in school for cyber bullying you will have your phone confiscated and you won’t be allowed to bring it into school again.

A peer mentoring group meet every lunchtime. The group has a room used as a safe haven for students who are being bullied, or as a place for students to discuss issues around bullying. The peer mentoring group will also be actively involved in being around the school in possible hotspots identified by students.

Often bullies have to be punished but it is just as important to make them see why bullying is wrong. One way to reduce and cope with bullying is to talk to other students and staff. Bullies rely on people not telling on them, by not telling, you are protecting them. Bullies are only brave in groups, or when picking on others smaller/ weaker or different from themselves.