JOHN KELLY GIRLS’ TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE
ANTI BULLYING POLICY
Bullying occurs when an individual or group uses strength or power to hurt,
either physically or emotionally, by intimidating or demeaning others. It is
usually persistent and is often covert, and is a conscious attempt to hurt,
threaten or frighten someone.
The College endeavours to fulfil its responsibility to provide a secure and safe
environment for all members of the school community. It acknowledges that
when bullying occurs the School has failed to meet this fundamental
obligation. The Anti-Bullying Policy reflects the clear commitment on the part
of the School to create a situation in which bullying is eradicated.
The College aims:
•To create a climate of trust and confidence that will encourage victims to
bring a bullying situation to the attention of the school
• To become aware of all incidents of bullying as quickly as possible
•To establish procedures through which incidents of bullying can be
effectively investigated and resolved
•To provide sensitive support for the victim of bullying
•To make the bully accept responsibility for the impact of his/her actions
•To avoid the recurrence for the victim and the bully of any further incident of
•To promote an anti-bullying ethos amongst the whole college community that
In order to do this the College will
•Encourage students to be aware of their responsibilities to each other
through assemblies and their discussions about bullying issues with Form
Tutors during tutor sessions and Active Tutorial lessons
• Manage the Peer Mentoring Scheme to provide a sensitive and discrete
system of support for students who may be at risk
•Operate the Anti-Bullying Procedure to investigate and resolve incidents of
•Systematically record incidents of bullying so that issues of supervision can
be identified and addressed, trends observed and the effectiveness of the
Anti-Bullying Policy monitored
Principles agreed by the Governors
•The primary interest of the Anti-Bullying Policy is the protection of the best
interests of the victim
• The interests of the College community as a whole are also fundamental in
determining the development of procedures and practices within the Anti-
•The Anti-Bullying Policy should operate in a way consistent with, and
complementary to, other relevant school policies e.g. Equal Opportunities and
reflect the spirit of the Disability and Special Educational Needs and Disability
This policy statement has been developed in consultation with Governors,
Leadership Group, Staff, Parents and Students, and also reflects the advice of
the Authority and appropriate outside agencies.
COLLEGE POLICIES AND PRACTICES
The effectiveness of the Anti Bullying Policy is reliant on its interrelationship
with other college practices:
Teaching and learning
Progress attainment and assessment
Partnerships with parents, carers and others within our sphere of influence
and all other policies, including:
Attendance and punctuality
Responsibility for the policy Management of the policy
Bev Bell Paolina Webber
Date approved Review date
Bullying may be:
•Physical assault against a person or group because of some perceived
physical, economic, sexual, intellectual, cultural or racial difference.
•Derogatory name calling of an insulting and/or personal nature.
•Verbal abuse and threats.
•Demanding money, material goods or favours by means of threats or
•Ridiculing an individual because of physical, economic, sexual,
intellectual, cultural or racist difference.
•Graffiti designed to intimidate or embarrass
•Incitement of others to commit acts of bullying
•Racist, sexist and homophobic behaviour.
•It may involve the use of mobile phones or the internet
•Deliberate exclusion or isolation of an individual or a group
Bullying will be dealt with through the college ethos, curriculum, incident
reporting and management
1.All incidents of bullying will be investigated and appropriate action taken.
This will be communicated to parents/carers as well as students, including
advice on what action to take should there be further incidents.
2.All concerns about bullying will be acknowledged as soon as possible
indicating when and by whom a further response will be made.
3.All members of the college community will be encouraged to disclose any
for of bullying. Those who prefer to give information anonymously will be
encouraged to use the bullying boxes situated in the Library.
4.The parents/carers of students will be notified and encouraged to join in our
discussions with their daughter to prevent recurrences. In severe or repeated
cases, this may involve other agencies and/or counselling. All incidents will
be placed on students files.
5.Bullies will be given appropriate counselling and their behaviour will be
6.College systems, i.e. assemblies, Active Tutorial and Citizenship will be
used to reinforce our policies, raise awareness and allow issues around
bullying to be discussed.
Interventions will vary depending on the nature of the incident but may
•Daily report monitored by Year Director of Learning
•Involvement of external agencies
•Formal recording (racism etc.)
•Liaison with parents/carers, social care
•Fixed term external exclusion
Sanctions/support will be used as necessary. The seriousness of the
incident, whether the bullying is persistent or an isolated occurrence will have
an impact on which stage of the policy is applied to the perpetrator.