Reporting and responding to bullying
Park House English School aims to create an environment where students feel that they are able to report bullying incidents and where prompt decisive action will be taken. The safety of the student being bullied and the student reporting the bullying is paramount. The student will be informed of how the incident is being dealt with by the appropriate Key Stage Leader/Year Group Leader or their form tutor. Parents and Carers will be informed as appropriate. If a student is subject to any form of bullying behaviour or if they witness any form of bullying, they should report it to their form tutor, teacher, Key Stage Leader or the Head of Secondary.
Action prior to being placed on the Bullying Stages Form Tutor/Class Teacher speaks to the student to warn them that their behaviour could be seen as bullying behaviour and informs them of the consequences of continuing to behave in the same way.
The following stages will be taken in the case of bullying continuing:
- Key Stage Leader/Year Leader takes action.
- Detention set and parents informed in writing.
- This is recorded and placed on the students file
- Parents asked into school for a meeting with the Head of Secondary/Head of Primary and appropriate Key Stage Leader/Year Leader.
- Person bullying given an external exclusion for a fixed period of time.
- This is recorded and placed on the student’s file
- Student and parents called to a meeting with the Head of Secondary/Head of Primary and or Headmaster.
- Person bullying given notice to leave the school permanently and with immediate effect.
The Headmaster will consider all issues when deciding on sanctions and in cases of severe bullying this may include alternative approaches to the stages described above.
Evaluation of the Anti-bullying policy
We will review the policy as part of Park House English School’s self review process and put into place refinements which improve the effectiveness of the policy and anti-bullying provision.
Signs of Bullying
?Staff need to be alert to the signs of bullying which can take place within the school. These signs may include:
- Sudden changes in the behaviour and demeanour of students nearby.
- Sudden gatherings or flow of students in one or two directions.
- Sudden dispersal of groups when staff approach.
- Untidy clothes following a scuffle.
- Increased evidence of heightened tension, embarrassment, shouts, poor eye contact and wariness of staff.
- Evidence of excluding behaviour in class or around the college designed to isolate a student or group of students
- Students avoiding eye contact or other interaction with an individual student or groups of students around the school or in class
A student may indicate by signs or behaviour that they are being bullied. Parents/ Carers and staff should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a student:
- Is frightened of walking from car to the school.
- Does not want to go on the school bus or asks to change bus
- Begs to be driven to school
- Changes their usual routine
- Is unwilling to go to school
- Begins truanting
- Becomes withdrawn, anxious or lacking in confidence
- Shows signs of distress
- Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
- Feels ill in the morning
- School work deteriorates
- Misbehaves unexpectedly
- Comes home with clothes torn or books damaged.
- Has possessions which go ‘missing.’
- Asks for money or starts stealing (to pay the bully)
- Loses money
- Has unexplained cuts or bruises
- Comes home very hungry despite taking lunch to school
- Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
- Is bullying other children or siblings
- Stops eating
- Is frightened to say what is wrong
- Gives improbable excuses for any of the above