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AM I BEING BULLIED?

If you're being bullied you might feel as if you:

  • Are scared to go to school, feel unsafe and afraid
  • Can't sleep very well or have nightmares
  • Don't want to be around your family or friends
  • Can't concentrate on your school or homework
  • Seem to be getting into trouble all the time
  • Are angry for no reason
  • Are not very hungry or are extra hungry
  • Suddenly have unexplained headaches or stomach-aches
  • Are sad and 'down'
  • As though you're not worth much
  • Are guilty
  • Think what's happening is your fault (it isn't)
  • Feel ashamed it's happening to you.

You shouldn't have to feel any of these things because of the way someone is treating you. It's not your fault but it probably won't stop unless you do something.

WHAT CAN I DO IF I’M BEING BULLIED?

All of the signs above mean that you need to make a move to stop the bullying. Letting the situation go on is not good for anyone – especially you!

Here are some things you can do:

  • Tell someone, even if you don't think it will help. Just talking about a situation can help put it in perspective. You could talk to a friend; a parent; or a trusted teacher who you know will take what you're saying seriously
  • Keep a record of incidents
  • Call the Childline (0800 1111).
  • If the bullying is taking place online via a website, click the ‘report abuse’ option on their homepage.

Bullies win when you’re upset, so here are some things you can practice:

  • Act unimpressed: pretend not to notice if you're excluded or if the bullying is verbal, say something like, 'yeah, whatever' or  'Oh, OK'
  • Walk away
  • Pretend to agree 'yep, that's what I'm like alright'.
  • Look around for other friendship groups in or out of school
  • Get involved in clubs or activities at school where you'll be safe.

If you are being cyberbullied, you can:

  • Block senders
  • Keep messages by sending them to someone else. Don't look at them yourself
  • Change passwords
  • Don't retaliate
  • Talk to a friend, parent or teacher
  • If there are threats or calls to harm yourself, report abuse to the police or a trusted teacher.

 

WHAT CAN I DO IF A FRIEND IS BEING BULLIED?

If a friend, or someone you know is being bullied you can do something about it. Even if you don’t feel as though you can step in and stop the situation yourself, there are still things you can do, like:

  • Don't stay and watch or encourage bullying. Walk away.
  • Don't get involved in harassment, teasing or spreading gossip about others off or online.
  • Don't forward or respond to offensive or upsetting messages or photos.
  • Support the person who is being bullied to ask for help. For example, you could go with them to a place they can get help or provide them with information about where to go for help.
  • Tell a trusted adult who might be able to help.
  • Be friend and listen to the victim.

 

WHERE TO GO IF BEING BULLIED

If you or someone you is being bullied you can ask for help by speaking to
the following people.

*Year group pastoral administrator*
- Mrs Armitage (Year 7)
- Mrs Hartley (Years 8 & 9)
- Mrs Whittington (Year 10 & 11)

*Heads of Year*
- Mr Yasin (Year 7)
- Mr Morris (Year 8)
- Mr McGee (Year 9)
- Mrs Orme (Year 10)
- Mr Palmer (Year 11)

*Form Tutor*

*Welbeing & Additional Needs Co-ordinator*
- Miss Haslem
- Mrs Wardle

*Senior Leadership Team*

- Mrs Cresswell
- Mrs Wardle
- Mr Horsfield
- Mrs Lee
- Mr Bishop
- Mrs C Horsfield
- Mrs Brierley
- Mr Rule

 

SCHOOLS RESPONSE TO BULLYING

If you report bullying you can expect the following.

  • The member of staff will take all bullying incidents seriously and all information provided will be recorded.
  • The steps to be taken in dealing with the incident will be discussed with the person reporting the bullying incident.
  • Support will be given by a member of staff of pupils own choice to improve a pupils self-esteem and personal skills.
  • Provision of secure place of refuge when victim feels especially vulnerable
  • Relevant staff will be informed i.e. subject teachers.
  • Monitor behaviour closely of the bully