At The Warriner School we are all very aware that the consequences of bullying can be severe in terms of a young person’s mental well-being, attitudes towards school, educational attainment and even potential suicide risk. It is for this reason that we treat every incident of bullying extremely seriously.
The widely accepted definition of bullying is:
Behaviour by an individual or a group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally.
Sadly, bullying can happen to anyone and types of bullying include:
- Bullying related to race, religion or culture
- Bullying related to special educational needs
- Bullying related to appearance or health conditions
- Bullying related to sexual orientation
- Bullying of young carers or looked after children or otherwise related to home circumstances
- Sexist or sexual bullying
If your child is experiencing bullying of any form, please report it to the Intervention Department immediately. Telephone the school on 01295 720777 and ask to speak to the Intervention Department
For further information, please see our Anti-Bullying Protocol
When dealing with bullying our priorities are:
- To make the victim feel safe
- Support the needs of the victim
- Listen to the victim and the impact on their lives
- To stop the bullying and change the bully’s behaviour
- To make it clear to every other child that bullying is unacceptable
- To learn lessons from the experience that can be applied in the future
How do we manage the incidents?
We always impose severe sanctions for any form of bullying and these include (depending upon the severity of the incident):
- Formal lunchtime and/or after school detentions
- Taking the bully out of circulation at break and/or lunchtime for an extended period
- Internal isolation to remove the bully from the school community
- External fixed term exclusion
- Permanent exclusion (in only the more sever and persistent cases)
(Please note that we cannot make the details of any specific sanction public)
How do we support the victim?
We have a number of ways in which we can support the victim in order to make them safe. The Intervention Department are there to deal with the immediacy of the incident. Where appropriate, longer term support is provided by the Tutor, Head of House, Student Support Services and, in extreme cases, we can make use of our Family Support Counsellor. At The Warriner School we also make use of student support of each other, through Listeners and School Council where appropriate.
Whilst it is vital that sanctions are imposed, it is equally, if not more important to re-educate the bully and we use a number of strategies to do this including:
- Restorative justice
- Encouraging the bully to reflect upon the consequences of their actions
- Work with our trained peer anti bullying ambassadors.