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St Cecilia’s is completely opposed to and will not tolerate, bullying. It is entirely contrary to the values and principles we work and live by. All members of the school community have a right to work in a secure and caring environment. They also have a responsibility to contribute, in whatever way they can, to the protection and maintenance of such an environment.

Contents ANTI-BULLYING POLICY. 1  1 PRINCIPLES: 2 DEFINITION OF BULLYING.. 2 FORMS OF BULLYING.. 2 LINKS WITH OTHER SCHOOL POLICIES. 2 PARTICIPATION & CONSULTATION PROCESS. 2 RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL STAKEHOLDERS. 2 The Responsibilities of Staff. 2 The Responsibilities of Pupils. 3 Anyone who becomes the target of bullies is encouraged: 3 The Responsibilities of Parents. 3 The Responsibilities of All 4 PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH INCIDENTS OF BULLYING BEHAVIOUR. 4 MONITORING AND REVIEW… 5 


  • Pupils have a right to learn free from intimidation and fear.
  • The needs of the victim are paramount.
  • Schools will not tolerate bullying behaviour.
  • Bullied pupils will be listened to.
  • Reported incidents will be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.


Bullying is an act of aggression, causing embarrassment, pain or discomfort to someone. It can take a number of forms; physical, verbal, making gestures, extortion and exclusion. It is an abuse of power. It can be planned and organised, or it may unintentional. It may be perpetrated by individuals or by groups of pupils.



  • Physical violence such as hitting, pushing or spitting at another pupil.
  • Interfering with another pupil’s property, by stealing, hiding or damaging it.
  • Using offensive names when addressing another pupil.
  • Teasing or spreading rumours about another pupil or his/her family.
  • Belittling another pupil’s abilities and achievements.
  • Writing offensive notes or graffiti about another pupil.
  • Excluding another pupil from a group activity.
  • Ridiculing another pupil’s appearance, way of speaking or personal mannerisms.
  • Misusing technology (internet or mobiles) to hurt or humiliate another person.
  • Homophobic and racist comments.


  • Child Protection
  • Behaviour for Learning Policy
  • Acceptable Use of the Internet Policy


  • Survey/questionnaires distributed to pupils, parents and whole school staff
  • Obtaining the views of elected student representatives e.g. class council, school’s council or prefects
  • Seeking the views of parents at information evenings
  • Monitoring evaluation and review


The Responsibilities of Staff

Our staff will:

  • Foster in our pupils’ self-esteem, self-respect and respect for others.
  • Demonstrate by example the high standards of personal and social behaviour we expect of our pupils.
  • Discuss bullying with all classes, so that every pupil learns about the damage it causes to both the child who is bullied and to the bully and the importance of telling a teacher about bullying when it happens.
  • Be alert to signs of distress and other possible indications of bullying.
  • Listen to children who have been bullied, take what they say seriously and act to support and protect them.
  • Report suspected cases of bullying to
  • New Picture (4)
  • The designated Senior leader for Child Protection – Miss S Bethwaite
  • The backup designated senior leader for Child Protection – Mrs H Hall
    • Follow up any complaint by a parent about bullying, and report back promptly and fully on the action which has been taken.
    • Deal with observed instances of bullying promptly and effectively, in accordance with agreed procedures.

The Responsibilities of Pupils

We expect our pupils to:

  • Refrain from becoming involved in any kind of bullying, even at the risk of incurring temporary unpopularity.
  • Intervene to protect the pupil who is being bullied, unless it is unsafe to do so.
  • Report to a member of staff any witnessed or suspected instances of bullying, to dispel any climate of secrecy and help to prevent further instances.

Anyone who becomes the target of bullies is encouraged:

  • Not suffer in silence, but have the courage to speak out, to put an end to their own suffering and that of other potential targets.

The Responsibilities of Parents

We ask our parents to support their children and the school by:

  • Watching for signs of distress or unusual behaviour in their children, which might be evidence of bullying.
  • Advising their children to report any bullying to school or by informing school either in person / telephone on 01772 783074 / email at


  • Explain the implications of allowing the bullying to continue, unchecked, for themselves and for other pupils.
  • Advising their children not to retaliate violently to any forms of bullying.
  • Being sympathetic and supportive towards their children, and reassuring them that appropriate action will be taken.
  • Keep a written record of any reported instances of bullying. Informing the school of any suspected bullying, even if their children are not involved;
  • Co-operating with the school, if their children are accused of bullying, try to ascertain the truth and point out the implications of bullying, both for the children who are bullied and for the bullies themselves.

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The Responsibilities of All

Everyone should: Work together to combat, reduce and hopefully in time, to eradicate bullying.


Steps taken to support and respond to the needs of both bullied and bullying pupils.

  • Records kept
  • Action that may be taken:
  • New Picture (5)
  • Contacting parents/carers of all pupils concerned in the bullying incident.
  • Investigation:
  • Feedback to those concerned
  • Sanctions
  • Contacting relevant professionals



DATE:  May 2015 This Policy will be reviewed in May 2018

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