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.

Below is the full Collegiate anti-bullying policy.

QE – Anti-Bullying Policy 


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 using the ‘bully-box’ which is an online reporting system. Students can find this by logging onto a PC at school and opening the internet browser. 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.



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.

ABC Members

Sophia - Year 12

Hello, my name is Sophia and I am a member of the Anti-bullying Council.  I applied to become an Anti-bullying Ambassador as I am extremely passionate about preventing bulling and making people’s lives better by offering an avenue of support, which they can take advantage of by coming to me for help.  In my time as an Anti-bullying Ambassador, my main aim would be to raise awareness about the types of bullying and to encourage people to open up more about their experiences so I can help them.

Lisa - Year 12

Hi, my name is Lisa and I’m 15. For a while now, I’ve been an Anti-bullying Ambassador. I applied for this position when I was in Year 9 when we went to get professional training through the Diana Award. Over the years, I’ve learnt that bullying can happen to anyone, anywhere, so the reason I’m an Anti-bullying Ambassador is because I want to do anything I can to eliminate bullying at QE. This year the Anti-bullying Awareness Week was a huge success. We would love to raise awareness of all issues related to bullying and help anyone who needs our support.

Ruci - Year 9

Hi, my name is Ruci and I am the Year 8 representative for the Anti-bullying Council. I am 12 years old, I joined this committee to help people who would rather speak to another student than a teacher.

Selena - Year 12

Hello, I’m Selena. I am currently a Year 11 College student. I joined the ABC last year and have enjoyed myself very much so far. We aim to raise awareness of bullying in all sorts of aspects and improve the wellbeing of everyone in school. Everyone in our council is very nice and friendly, so don’t hesitate to come and talk to us.

Sebastien - Year 9

Hello, my name is Seb and I am a Year 8 Anti-bullying Ambassador. I wanted to become an Ambassador because when I was younger I was bullied and so I decided to help others.

Abilasha - Year 11

Hi, my name is Abilasha and I am a part of the Anti-bullying Council. I enjoy being a part of the council as it helps to improve the school and helps people who are being bullied or are bullying.

Namyo - Year 7

Hi, my name is Namyo I am 10 years old. I am part of the Anti-bullying Council. My role is to let everyone have their say and to be heard.

Lillie-Beth - Year 12

Hi, I’m Lillie-Beth and I am part of the Anti-bullying Council. I applied to be on the Anti-bullying Council as it lets me educate the school about what bullying is and where to get help. Being part of the Anti-bullying Council allows me to interact with the younger years as well as my peers to teach them about bullying and how to prevent it or get help if they need it. Being part of the council also involves meeting new people in the school which develops my confidence and sometimes involves speaking in assemblies which is a good skill to gain from this role.

Maria - Year 8

Hi, I’m Maria. I am a part of the Anti-bullying Council here at Queen Ethelburga’s. We’re aiming to prevent bullying in the school and keep everyone as happy as possible. Whenever you’re feeling down, feel free to speak to us or any other adults; don’t be afraid. We’re here to help. So … if you have any questions or concerns, we are willing to offer support and solve any concerns you may have.

Thalia - Year 11

I’m Thalia and I’m in Year 10. I joined the Anti-bullying Council because I wanted to help make a difference. I want to help promote positivity around the school community, making it a happy environment to be in.

Anna - Year 10

Hi, my name is Anna and I’m in Year 9. I love being part of the Anti-bullying Council because I can help everyone and anyone who needs a helping hand through school life. Here at QE it is important that all our students are comfortable and happy. That is why I’m here to support the school and ensure a safe, positive environment.

Linsy-Mimi - Year 7

Hello, my name is Linsy and I’m a member of the Anti-bullying Council. To start I’d like to say what stopping bullying means to me. To me bullying is more than a word, it is something that stops now. If you don’t make a positive impact already then start today.

Cyrus - Year 12

Hello, I’m Cyrus. I am currently a Year 11 College student. I joined the ABC last year and have completed many events that we have been asked to do. Examples include, helping to organise the anti-bullying focus weeks, speaking in assembly, recruiting more students to the council and attending the required training.

Matthew- Year 12

Hi, my name is Matthew and I wanted to be an Anti-bullying Ambassador because I wanted to help people to become better humans and more aware about the world around them.