"Providing safe and happy places to learn is essential to achieving school improvement, raising achievement and attendance, promoting equality and diversity, and ensuring the safety and well-being of all members of the school community."
Ark Putney Academy is an academy in which young people flourish both academically and socially. We aim to foster a healthy and safe community where individuals take responsibility for themselves and show respect for others emphasising the importance of positive relationships amongst all members of the academy community.
1. Statement of Intent
Ark Putney Academy is committed to ensuring that students learn in a supportive, caring and
safe environment, with out fear of being bullied. Bullying is anti-social behaviour and affects
everyone; it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. If bullying does occur, all pupils should be
able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. Only when all
issues of bullying are addressed will pupils be able to fully benefit from the opportunities available
Bullying is any behaviour, which is deliberately intended to hurt, threaten or frighten another
person or group of people. It is repeated and usually unprovoked and can continue for a
prolonged period of time. It always reflects an imbalance and abuse of power. It is important that
it must not be confused with the usual childhood/teenage squabbles and arguments where
individuals “fall out” with one another.
Bullying can be:
- Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting
- Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
- Racist – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
- Sexual – unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
- Homophobic – because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality
- Verbal – name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
- Cyber – all areas of internet, such as email and internet chat room misuse. Mobile threats by text messaging and calls. Misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera and video facilities.
- Disability/SEN – because of, or focusing on a disability or special educational need.
- Home circumstance – targeting individuals who are looked after children or because of a particular home circumstance.
Bullying can therefore constitute any of the above activities within the context of the definition
provided. Bullying may occur to anyone and this policy is inclusive of the bullying of school staff,
whether by pupils, parents or other staff. (Members of the school workforce suffering from or
concerned about bullying may also contact their trade union or professional association for
support and advice).
Bullying can seriously damage a person’s confidence and sense of self-worth, and they will often
feel that they are at fault in some way. Students who are being bullied may show changes in
behaviour, such as becoming shy and nervous, feigning illness or taking unusual absences. There
may be evidence in work patterns, lacking concentration or truanting from school. These signs
and symptoms may indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and
should be investigated.
To prevent, de-escalate and/or stop any continuation of harmful behaviour.
To react to bullying incidents in a reasonable, proportionate and consistent way.
To safeguard the student who has experienced bullying and to trigger sources of support.
To apply disciplinary sanctions to the student causing the bullying and ensure they learn from the
experience, possibly through multi-agency support.
All students, parents, staff and governors should have an understanding of what bullying is.
Staff and governors should follow the school policy when bullying is reported or suspected.
All students and parents should know what bullying is and inform a member of staff if bullying
The Academy will always take bullying seriously. We use a range of proactive and reactive
strategies to combat and prevent bullying.
If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident with be taken seriously and dealt with as quickly
as possible by the member of staff who has been approached. A clear account of the incident
with be recorded and passed to the Head of House.
Heads of House will investigate the incident by interviewing all concerned and record outcomes
on the files of those involved.
Form tutors and subject staff will be kept informed and asked to monitor the behaviour of the
Parents will be kept informed and are discouraged from taking matters into their own hands and
should not approach a suspected student but speak to a member of staff.
Each incident of actual or alleged bullying will be unique in its representation and its level of
impact on the individuals concerned. Therefore, it is important that the school is given the
opportunity to tailor a strategy to address the situation and to support the bullied student
according to the particular incident/s.
Students who are victims of bullying will be offered the opportunity to discuss their experience
with their form tutor or another member of staff, be offered support in terms of access to the
counselling or peer mentoring scheme to restore self-esteem and build confidence and have the
use of a supervised room for as long as needed.
Students who have bullied will be helped by; discussing what happened, discovering why the
student became involved and establishing a sense of wrong-doing. Parents/carers will be
informed to help change the attitude and behaviour of the student.
In agreement with both parties involved there will also be the opportunity to rebuild
relationships, involving a discussion mediated by a member of staff as a way of resolving disputes.
The following disciplinary steps may be taken:
- Official warning to cease offending
- Exclusion from certain areas of the school premises or certain activities
- Referral to senior staff and/or external agencies e.g. Education Welfare Officer, Police Liaison Officer.
- Internal fixed term exclusion
- External fixed term or permanent exclusion.
6.1 As a school we take bullying seriously. We use a range of proactive strategies to prevent
bullying. These include;
- Effective school leadership that promotes an open and honest anti-bullying ethos.
- Use of curriculum opportunities, in particular tutor periods and PSHE classes where issues of
- diversity are discussed and anti-bullying messages are drawn out.
- Use of opportunities throughout the school calendar and at certain times of the school day to
- raise awareness of the negative consequences of bullying
- e.g. Anti-Bullying Week in November of each year
- Whole school assemblies.
- Pupil surveys.
- Poster campaigns.
- Improved supervision in potential problem areas.
- Peer mentoring and Buddy Schemes.
- Assertiveness training.
- Review of general and specific staff induction and continuing professional development to ensure
- staff training reflects the anti-bullying policy and practice of the school.
7.0 Development, Monitoring and Review
We plan to:
Monitor, evaluate and review our anti-bullying policy on a regular basis led by the Heads of
House and reported regularly.
Support staff to identify and tackle bullying appropriately.
Ensure that students are aware that all bullying concerns will be dealt with sensitively and
effectively and seek feedback from students via the Student Council and annual student
To learn from anti-bullying good practice elsewhere and utilise the support of the ARK Network
and relevant statutory/voluntary organisations when appropriate.