We want our pupils to be ‘upstanders’ not ‘bystanders’.

Anti Bullying

Bullying or discriminatory behaviour of any kind is not tolerated at St. Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy.

Bullying is the wilful intention to hurt, threaten or frighten someone. It can by physical, verbal, online or in person.

At St. Thomas More we want our pupils to be ‘upstanders’ rather than ‘bystanders’. What this means is that we want our pupils to feel able to speak up and say something if they witness any bullying or discriminatory behaviour. It is important to us that anyone engaging in bullying or discriminatory behaviour sees that their peers are appalled by their behaviour.

What to do if you or someone you know is being bullied?

What will school do?

Bullying is treated extremely seriously at St. Thomas More.

As a school we are committed to the following principles to prevent and respond to bullying and discrimination.

  1. listens – all pupils and parents and carers are listened to and influence strategies and approaches to prevent, report and respond to incidents of bullying.
  2. includes us all – all pupils, including those with SEND, are included, valued and participate fully in all aspects of school life.
  3. respects – all school staff are role models to others within the school in how they treat others.
  4. challenges – all forms of discriminatory language is challenged taken seriously.
  5. celebrates difference – difference is actively and visibly celebrated and welcome across the whole school.
  6. understands – all school staff, pupils and parents and carers understand what bullying is and what it isn’t.
  7. believes – all pupils, including disabled children and those with SEN, and their parents and carers are acknowledged, believed and taken seriously when reporting incidents of bullying.
  8. reports bullying – all pupils within the school and their parents and carers understand how to report incidents of bullying.
  9. takes action – we respond quickly to all incidents of bullying. Pupils, including disabled pupils and those with SEN, participate fully in decisions made about them and help to formulate appropriate action to respond to incidents of bullying.
  10. has clear policies – our school’s anti-bullying policy reflects these principles and is embedded within other school policies. They are widely and actively promoted to school staff, pupils and their parents and carers.

If you have any concerns regarding bullying and discrimination, please talk your child’s Form Tutor, Pastoral Manager or Head of Learning.

Advice for parents on bullying

Bullying | Parents Guide to Support | YoungMinds

Advice for parents on cyberbullying

Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Pupil Friendly Anti-Bullying Policy

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