Anti-Bullying Information: Our Zero Tolerance Policy

What all students need to know

Wykham Park Academy is a comprehensive school. That means it is for everybody. On our campus we believe that everyone has a right to equal chances. Each individual is valued and respected for who she/he is.

  • We are a school where bullying is seen as unacceptable by all members of the school
  • We will deal with every perceived incident of bullying seriously and sensitively
  • We will take appropriate action
  • We will not tolerate bullying
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Definition: What is Bullying?

Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. The main types of bullying are:

Physical

pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching, taking or damaging the belongings of others and any other form of violence

Verbal

name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, issuing threats, racist and insulting remarks

Emotional

excluding someone, tormenting someone, ridiculing, humiliation

Racist

racist taunts, graffiti, gestures

Sexual

unwanted physical contact, abusive comments, homophobic comments

Online/Cyber

setting up hate websites, sending text messages, emails and abusing the victims via their mobile phones

Think

  • Is it funny or is it bullying?
  • Does the person on the receiving end think it's funny?
  • Would you think it funny if it was happening to you?

Remember

  • Bullying is making someone miserable by being unpleasant to them on an on-going basis
  • A one-off argument or fight may be upsetting. It may need to be dealt with by a teacher – but it's not bullying
  • You can help yourself by ignoring comments – Do not react but tell someone

What should you do if you’re being bullied?

  • Remember that bullying is never your fault and it can be stopped
  • Value yourself and your feelings
  • If you are being bullied, look bullies in the eye, be firm and clear and tell them to stop
  • Get away from the situation as quickly as possible
  • Tell your parents/carers, friends, teachers or another adult you trust

How can you help someone who is being bullied?

  • Support them
  • Tell an adult about it
  • Encourage the victim to get help