At The Stephen Longfellow Academy, every pupil should feel safe, secure and happy both in and out of school.

We expect good behaviour and do our best to help our pupils develop into responsible and valued members of the community.

Download the Anti-Bullying Policy

What is bullying?

Bullying normally looks like hurtful behaviour which is repeated, often over a period of time. It is normally difficult for the person who is being bullied to defend themselves against it.

It usually takes one of four forms:

  • Physical – Hitting, fighting, taking belongings.

  • Verbal – Name calling, insulting remarks.

  • Indirect – Spreading rumours, not letting someone join a social group.

  • Cyber-Bullying – Sending mean texts, posting nasty comments about someone on social media.

Raising Awareness in Class

  • Bullying is a big part of our PHSCE lessons.

  • Pupils are made aware immediately that bullying is not acceptable.

  • PHSCE lessons continue to address bullying in Key Stages 3 and 4, alongside other relevant topics.

  • Form tutors will discuss bullying when appropriate.

  • Assemblies are sometimes given about bullying.

  • Each term, we will use Pupil Voice to understand pupils’ experiences of bullying.

  • Each year we have an anti-bullying week.

How do we deal with bullying?

When bullying has been dealt with, it is important that there are no further problems. The bully will be monitored to make sure no further bullying happens. The victim will be able to alert a member of staff about any further problems.

  • All incidents of bullying are treated seriously by staff.

  • Written statements are taken from every child involved.

  • Every child involved is reminded that the school takes bullying very seriously.

  • The victim is given support through a key worker or counsellor.

  • Every effort will be made to resolve the situation immediately.

  • Follow up procedures will make sure that the bullying has not carried on.

  • One member of staff will judge how serious the incident is, and will inform different members of staff and follow procedures accordingly.

  • Sanctions are clear, consistent and appropriate to how serious the bullying is.

  • Permanent exclusion may be justified in the most serious cases.

  • If a fight happens, we will find out whether this has been the result of bullying. If a child has been provoked, this will be taken into account when dealing with the situation.