OUR LADY’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our Lady's School is founded on faith in Jesus Christ and the life of the school community is centred on His presence.
Every child should be able to learn in a bully free environment. All children should feel confident that when coming to school they can spend the day in a place where everyone works together to support each other. When bullying does occur, children and parents or carers should feel confident to report the behaviour, secure in the knowledge that the report will be taken seriously and dealt with appropriately.
Our Lady's School Anti-Bullying Policy outlines what the school will do to prevent and tackle bullying. The policy has been drawn up through the involvement of the whole school community and we are committed to developing an anti-bullying culture whereby no bullying, including between adults or adults and children and young people, will be tolerated.
The school will
provide a safe and secure environment where all can learn without anxiety
discuss, monitor and review the anti-bullying policy on a regular basis
support staff to promote positive relationships and identify and tackle bullying appropriately
ensure that pupils are aware that all bullying concerns will be dealt with sensitively and effectively; that pupils feel safe to learn; and that pupils abide by the anti-bullying policy
report back to parents/carers regarding their concerns on bullying and deal promptly with complaints.Parents or carers in turn will work with the school to uphold the anti-bullying policy
seek to learn from good anti-bullying practice elsewhere and utilise support from the Local Authority and other relevant organisations when appropriate.
Definition of bullying
Bullying is “Behaviour by an individual or a group, usually repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally”.
Bullying can include
name calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments
kicking; hitting; taking belongings
inappropriate text messaging and electronic messaging (including through web-sites, social networking sites and Instant Messenger)
sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet
producing offensive graffiti
gossiping, excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.
Forms of bullying covered by this Policy
Bullying can happen to anyone. This policy covers all types of bullying including that which is related to
race, religion or culture
Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND)
appearance or health conditions
young carers or looked after children or otherwise related to home circumstances
sexist or sexual bullying
Preventing, identifying and responding to bullying
work with staff and outside agencies to identify all forms of prejudice-driven bullying
actively provide systematic opportunities to develop pupils’ social and emotional skills, including their resilience through the PSHCE curriculum consider all opportunities for addressing bullying including through the curriculum, through displays, through peer support and through the School Council
train all staff to identify bullying and follow school policy and procedures on bullying
actively create “safe spaces” for vulnerable children and young people.
use a variety of techniques to resolve the issues between those who bully and those who have been bullied.
Signs of bullying
Children are encouraged to report incidents of bullying either of themselves or of others. However, there are times when children will ‘suffer in silence’ out of fear of what might happen if the bullying is reported. Therefore, it is important that everyone watches out for the following indicators in the behaviour of victims of bullying. The victim might be
frightened or unwilling to come to school
absent from school more than usual
withdrawn and anxious
starting to stammer
running away from school
crying at night or having nightmares
performing less well at school
coming home with damaged belongings or possessions going missing
asking for money or stealing money
losing money on a regular basis
suffering from unexplained bruises or cuts
becoming more aggressive and bullying others
losing appetite or complaining of being hungry.
It should be noted that there is no one ‘stereotypical bully’. Bullies can come in all shapes and sizes and most people at some stage will have been involved in a bullying incident. It is important that everyone keeps an open mind when dealing with allegations and should be clear of their evidence. However, there may also be times where children have to be given the benefit of the doubt, both for and against the bully where insufficient proof is available.
School Governors are responsible for taking a lead role in monitoring and reviewing this policy.
Governors, the Head teacher, Senior Managers, Teaching and Non-Teaching staff to be aware of this policy and implement it accordingly.
The Head teacher is responsible for communicating the policy to the school community.
Students are responsible for ensuring they abide by the policy.
The named Governors with lead responsibility for this policy are Fr Stephen Boyle and Rachel Gibbs-McNeil.
The named member of staff with lead responsibility for this policy is Julia Foster
Involvement of pupils
regularly canvas children and young people’s views on the extent and nature of bullying
ensure students know how to express worries and anxieties about bullying
ensure all students are aware of the range of sanctions which may be applied against those engaging in bullying
involve students in anti-bullying campaigns in schools
publicise the details of helplines and websites
offer support to students who have been bullied
work with students who have been bullying in order to address the problems they have.
Liaison with parents and carers
ensure that parents or carers know whom to contact if they are worried about bullying
ensure parents or carers know about our complaints procedure and how to use it effectively
ensure parents or carers know where to access independent advice about bullying
work with parents or carers and the local community to address issues beyond the school gates that give rise to bullying.
Links with other school policies and practices
This Policy links with a number of other school policies, practices and action plans including
The teaching of Citizenship and PSHCE Education
Actions plans taking forward the Every Child Matters Agenda
Single Equality Scheme
The recording of racial incidents
Monitoring & review, policy into practice
This Policy will be reviewed every year as well as if incidents occur that suggest the need for review. The school uses the guidance by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Anti-Bullying Alliance to inform its action planning to prevent and tackle bullying.
For more information visit the DfE at
Or the Anti Bullying Alliance at