Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Bullying

 

The Ormiston Academy Trust is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our students, so that they can learn in a secure and enclosed atmosphere.

Bullying of any kind is unacceptable in the academies. If bullying does occur, all students should feel able to tell staff and should be confident that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. All staff have a responsibility to take any suspicion or disclosure of bullying seriously, no matter what the details or provenance, and should respond immediately. Everyone has the right to be treated with respect and people who bully need to learn different ways of behaving.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying is usually persistent and can take many forms:

  • Emotional: Being unfriendly, excluding from peer groups, and tormenting i.e. hiding possessions. 
  • Physical: Pushing, kicking, hitting, other kinds of violence. 
  • Racist: Racial; taunts, graffiti, gestures, name calling. 
  • Sexual: Sexual harassment (unwanted physical contact), sexual abuse/demeaning comments. 
  • Homophobic: Because of or focussing on the issue of sexuality. 
  • Verbal: Name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing, threatening, intimidating. 
  • Non-Verbal: Staring someone out, laughing at someone as a group. 
  • Cyber: All inappropriate use of the internet or other forms of communication technology i.e. phones to send threatening messages, spread rumours, name call etc.