Anti-Bullying

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our pupils. Bullying of any kind is anti-social, unacceptable and will not be tolerated at our school. If bullying does occur, all students should be able to report it and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and in an appropriate manner.

How to report bullying

» Complete our online Report Bullying form - Click on the Report Bullying Now button above
» Email us at beatbullying@bostongrammarschool.co.uk
» Complete a paper copy of our Report Bullying form and post it in the Beat Bullying post box in main reception or the library
» Speak directly to your Head of Year or any other member of staff you feel comfortable talking to
» Ask your parents to contact your Form Tutor or Head of Year

What is bullying?

»It is deliberate, hurtful behaviour
»It is repeated over a period of time
»It is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves
»Those who bully have and exercise power inappropriately over others

Bullying can take many forms, but the main types are:

»Emotional –name calling, offensive remarks, teasing, spreading rumours threats/intimidation, excluding, tormenting (hiding books, threatening gestures)
»Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
»Racist – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
»Cyber – all areas of the internet, such as email, instant messaging, social media. Threats made by mobile phone calls or texts. The misuse of cameras and video facilities.
»Sexual – unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
»Homophobic – focusing on the issue of sexuality

Why is it important to report bullying?

»Bullying hurts.
»No-one deserves to be a victim of bullying.
»Everyone has the right to be treated with respect.
»All forms of bullying can be damaging to both the person being bullied and the person doing the bullying
»Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.

The Anti Bullying Alliance defines bullying as;

The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online.

Bullying can include:
· Physical (hitting, kicking, taking another’s belongings)
· Verbal (name calling, insulting, making offensive remarks)
· Indirect (spreading rumours, excluding from social groups, cyber bullying via sending malicious e-mails or text messages)

Bullying can be an attack on a group to which an individual may belong. At Boston Grammar School, in accordance to the Equal Opportunities Policy, we pay particular attention to any form of bullying involving:
· Race
· Sexual orientation
· Gender
· Religion
· EAL
· Disability and Special Educational Needs
· Looked After children

Reporting, responding and recording incidents
It is important that incidents of alleged bullying are reported immediately so that appropriate action can be taken by the school in supporting all parties involved. If the incident is deemed not to be bullying, it will still be considered serious and therefore dealt with under the Behaviour Policy.

Parents are encouraged to report any concerns relating to bullying to the tutor or Head of Year via a telephone call or, if required, an appointment. Should neither be available then a member of the Senior Leadership Team will act on their behalf.

Students who have been bullied or have witnessed others being bullied should ideally report the incident to their tutor, as soon as possible. The staff member will investigate the allegation in order to reach a resolution, whilst keeping the Head of Year informed via our internal recording system (CPOMS). If the tutor is not available, pupils should report to any other member of staff (teaching or non-teaching) who will take appropriate action to report the matter to the tutor and Head of Year. Bullying can also be reported through the school website and via the email beatbullying@bostongrammarschool.co.uk

We will provide support to pupils who are bullied by:

· Assuring them that it was right to report the incident.

· Encouraging them to talk about how they feel.
· Ascertaining the extent of the problem by interviewing those involved and taking written statements where necessary.
· Trying to ensure that they feel safe by discussng strategies to remain so.
· Asking them to report any further incidents in order that bullying can be stopped.
· Seek to take a restorative approach by involving friends, peer support, mediation with the bully (with pastoral support staff or other staff) and parents/ carers where appropriate.
· Considering and applying sanctions under the behaviour policy (refer to policy)

We will provide support to pupils involved in bullying others by:
· Encouraging them to talk about how they feel.
· Involving parents, carers and staff to ascertain what support they need, e.g. anger management, counselling.
· Using sanctions under the Behaviour Policy to impress upon the perpetrator that their behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
· Monitoring future behaviour and taking appropriate course of action.

All incidents of bullying will be recorded on the Bullying Log to allow tracking, monitoring and evaluation. This will in all instances include:
· Incident details
· Action taken including sanctions applied
· Resolution
· Staff involved

This information will be used by the Senior Leadership Team and Heads of Year for:


· Sharing of good practice
· Ensuring parity in dealing with incidents
· Identifying where bullying is a factor in non-attendance at school
· Exclusion data relating to bullying

At Boston Grammar School we aim to create a positive learning environment where pupils take responsibility for their own and each other’s well-being. For example;
· Curriculum opportunities in class are used to raise awareness about bullying and our anti-bullying policy, create an anti-bullying ethos and encourage pupils to manage their relationships positively with others.
· We develop social and emotional skills such as empathy and the management of feelings
· Assemblies and tutorial time are also used to promote awareness of the negative consequences of bullying.
· We raise awareness through the Anti-Bullying week events in November each year
· Our Anti-Bullying student representatives are included in the annual review and evaluation of our policy, involving wider student consultation if required.
· Our Anti-Bullying Policy can be accessed on the school website or alternatively a copy can be requested from school reception.
· We aim to provide understanding and tolerance of all our differences and encourage our pupils to disown bullying in any form.

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