Whitehill Primary School has a “zero tolerance” approach to bullying in all areas of the school, including cyber-bullying. Bullying is defined as ongoing, targeted abuse as opposed to one-off incidents of name calling or a physical disagreement. The ethos of our school is happy, helpful and hardworking. Our vision is of building confidence, ambition and independence. Both fosters high expectations of outstanding behaviour and we will challenge any behaviour that falls below this.
- In any school, bullying can take place in the classroom, playground, toilets, on the journey to and from school, on residential trips and cyberspace. It can take place during the school day, in the classroom, in the corridor or toilets, on the playground, out of school whilst on residential visits, day visits, in group activities and between families in the local community. All of these areas are part of our school community and we will support children no matter the location. If necessary, the police will be consulted with.
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Bullying has the potential to damage. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.
The school has a Peer Mentoring scheme which operates every lunchtime, under the supervision of a member of staff. Some Yr 5 and 6 pupils have undergone intensive training to enable them to support pupils on the playground who may be struggling with peer relationships or have no one to play with. The peer mentors will help mediate, or facilitate positive playground interaction. For more serious incidents, the supervising adult will intervene If a child reports that they are being bullied or are having ongoing issues on the playground, the student support team will get involved, investigate and record the incident and make a decision to an appropriate course of action, including liaising with the Head of Inclusion and Welfare or other members of SLG. Parents/carers will be involved via telephone contact or a meeting in school.
As the parent of a child whom you suspect is being bullied please report incidents to the class teacher or student support. Do not attempt to sort the problem out yourself by speaking to the child whom you think may be the bully or by speaking to their parents. Do not encourage your child to be ‘a bully’ back. Both of these will only make the problem much harder to solve.
External Organisations That can support:
KIDSCAPE Parents Helpline (Mon-Fri, 10-4) 08451 205 204
Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222
Childline 0800 1111
Bullying Online www.bullying.co.uk
Visit the Kidscape website www.kidscape.org.uk for further support , links and advice.
For a copy of Kidscape’s free booklets “Stop Bullying”, “Preventing Bullying” and “You Can Beat Bullying”, send a large (A4) self-addressed envelope (marked “Bully Pack”) with 6 first class stamps to: Kidscape, 2 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0DH