If bullying is suspected we will:
- Talk to the suspected victim and any witnesses individually
- Talk to the student(s) suspected of bullying about what has happened (to discover why they became involved) and make it clear that this behaviour is not tolerated
- If the student(s) suspected of bullying are found to have behaved in this way, appropriate sanction procedures will be followed (in line with the Behaviour Policy)
- Record the behaviour in the Academy’s anti-bullying log
- Involve all parties together to discuss the issues
- Provide individual counselling for all students involved
- Restorative support for all students involved as necessary
- Inform parents and work together to achieve a mutual solution
- Allow students time to sort things out but when necessary support children individually or together
- Follow up with further discussions with individuals as and when appropriate.
Parents who are concerned that their child might be being bullied, or who suspect that their child may be the perpetrator of bullying, should contact their child’s Head of House immediately.
Parents have a responsibility to support the Academy’s anti-bullying policy and to actively encourage their child to be a positive member of the Academy through fostering in their children, acceptable standards of behaviour, good personal relationships and respect for others. It is also important for parents to recognise the definition of bullying defined at Ormiston Bushfield Academy as being different from other incidents of misbehaviour.
Invited parent representatives will attend the Anti-Bullying Steering Group meeting each term to provide input into how to move the Academy forward in line with the action plan.
It is the responsibility of pupils to develop positive relationships in school and to demonstrate acceptable standards of behaviour, good personal relationships and a respect for others.
Pupils should speak to an adult if they are upset by how they have been treated or if they are concerned about one of their peers. If they receive emails, texts or messages that make them feel uncomfortable, pupils should save them and show them to an adult - these messages should not be responded to.
The ‘Worry box’
is available on the school website – pupils can post a note to alert staff members of any concern or worry if they find this easier than approaching a member of staff.
The Prefects are available to support their peers with any friendship conflicts or incidents of bullying behaviour. The Prefects regularly meet with the Anti-Bullying Lead to feedback any concerns and to receive help and advice with how to respond to issues.
Students are invited to tell us their views about a range of Academy issues, including bullying, by using the Student Voice. See Mrs Westrope to be considered as a candidate.
Representatives from the Mini Mentors/Academy Council attend the Anti-Bullying Steering Group meeting each term to provide input into how to move the Academy forward in line with the action plan.
The Ormiston Bushfield Academy Anti Bullying Strategy Group is lead by Mrs Joanne Daniels
and Mr Leigh Drew
and can be contacted via the contact staff page