There is no legal definition of bullying. However, it is widely regarded to be behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. In person or online.
Stowupland High School strives to create a culture based on the core values of Rights, Respect and Responsibility. Students must feel safe and respected if they are to learn effectively. The whole school community, therefore, is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment as every student has the right to realise their full potential. Respect of others is paramount within the ethos of the school and bullying of others is unacceptable at our school. If bullying does occur (either within or outside of school in line with the Education and Inspections Act 2006), all students should be able to report the problem and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
Parents should email or telephone the relevant year group teams:
If a parent has a concern about a member of staff bullying a pupil they should contact the headteacher on [email protected]
Students can report bullying to any member of staff. Whether it is a concern about themselves or one of their friends. Tutors and the pastoral team are the usual route that most students take. In addition to this Sixth Form student mentors are trained to deal with allegations and will take such information to the Progress Team for the relevant year group.
Students can also email [email protected] which is monitored by the Progress Team.
Signs and Symptoms
A child who is being bullied may exhibit this in various ways. Parents should be aware of these possible signs and report their concerns.
nervous about travelling to and from school, including using the school bus
unwilling to go to school (school phobic) or starts to truant
unable to talk about, or give reasons for, changes in their behaviour
tends to feel ill in the morning
becomes afraid to use the internet or mobile phone or becomes nervous and jumpy when an online message or notification is received
These signs and behaviours could indicate bullying and/or other problems. It is only by reporting and investigating concerns that we will be able to find out what is going on.