What is Bullying?
Bullying is any repeated interaction between an individual or group of people with another individual or group which is perceived or intended to cause hurt, pain, suffering, humiliation or degradation.
Bullying behaviour may be direct or indirect. Direct forms include physical violence and threats; verbal assaults and taunts; the destruction of property; extortion; unwanted sexual interest or contact. Examples of indirect forms of bullying include ignoring and the withdrawal of friendship; excluding; malicious gossip and spreading rumour; abusive or oppressive graffiti.
It is the Collegiate stance that any form of bullying should never be assumed to be trivial (e.g. “banter”) or just part of growing up. Bullying is a form of peer on peer abuse and banter can be a form of this and is not tolerated.
We take all forms of bullying seriously and will take action in relation to any incidents which involve prejudice against particular groups, for example, on grounds of race, religion, culture, sex, gender, homophobia, special educational needs or disability. This could be face to face or over the use of social media.
What support is put in place?
We demonstrate to bullies that their behaviour is unacceptable and to reassure victims that action will be taken to keep them safe. Both the bully and the victim will receive support through THRIVE@QE. We also inform parents of all those involved so they know what has happened, how it has been dealt with, what sanctions have been given and what support is now place.
Our Anti-Bullying Council
The Anti-bullying Council was formed to increase the student voice and the opportunity for students to positively contribute to the school community.
This process commenced when a cohort of students trained as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors through The Diana Award. This training gave them skills, practical ideas, knowledge and confidence to effectively carry out their role.
The Anti-Bullying Council work closely with the Pastoral Team and have termly meetings to consider any issues the students feel need to be addressed. They discuss points within the Collegiate’s anti-bullying policy and work to actively promote an anti-bullying community.
How can I report bullying?
If you see any bullying or feel you are being bullied, there are lots of ways you can report this. Firstly you can speak to any member of staff you trust and they will help you. You can also report bullying use the online reporting system. Just fill in the form and we will support you. You can also ask for a peer mentor to speak to who are trained to support you and make sure that the right people help you and anyone involved.