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We pride ourselves on the welcoming and friendly environment that our school provides.
Everyone has the right to come to school and enjoy their community while feeling welcome, safe, secure and happy – this means without fear or the reality of being bullied.
Bullying is ‘deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time’ (current school Anti-Bullying Policy) or ‘the intentional hurting of one person to another’ (Anti-Bullying Alliance).
Bullying can take a number of forms:
No form of bullying or retaliation is acceptable at Kingswinford Academy.
We work hard to address all reports of bullying, but if it is happening to you, or you know that a friend is having problems then it is important that you say something to someone.
For more information on how bullying is dealt with in school then please see the school’s Anti-bullying Policy which can be downloaded below.
We also provide a range of anti-bullying awareness and prevention activities over the course of the school year.
There are a number of ways that you can seek help. You could start with a trusted friend or other responsible students, such as a Prefect or one of our trained Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, who may be able to help you or speak to a member of staff on your behalf.
Your Form Tutor should always be your first point of contact in school, but if you do not feel comfortable in speaking to your Form Tutor, for whatever reason, then you can speak to any adult in school. They will then help you to decide the best course of action. If you confide in a parent/carer or another relative then they can contact your Form Tutor for advice.
We also have an electronic ‘bully box’ that you can email to let us know if there is a problem and no are not sure about speaking to someone directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also a number of websites that you can visit for advice or information:
REMEMBER: ‘STOP STOP’
If you are unsure if bullying is occurring then remember the acronym ‘STOP STOP’ which stands for ‘Several times on purpose? Start telling other people!’
In other words, if something unpleasant happens that is more than once and you feel that it is deliberate, then it may be bullying.
You should speak to someone that you trust – at school or at home, who could help you.
Each student has to sign our student pledge. This encourages students to treat each other with respect, politeness and kindness at all times and take a stance against bullying. The pledge is:
I recognise that bullying is not acceptable in any aspect of life. I understand that if I am being bullied that I should seek help and if I am exhibiting bullying behaviours then I could be punished for this behaviour according to school policy. As a student at Kingswinford Academy I pledge to treat and speak to others with respect, politeness and kindness at all times. If I witness bullying I will not be a bystander and I will seek to support the victim and report the behaviour.