Bullying is defined as the repetitive, intentional harming of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying is, therefore:
- Deliberately hurtful
- Repeated, often over a period of time
- Bullying will not be tolerated at the academy. We have a ‘TELLING’ ethos where every allegation of bullying will be investigated. We do not accept name calling or inappropriate language as ‘banter’. Please see our Anti-bullying and Harmful Peer Relations Policy for full details.
Malicious accusations against staff
These can be very damaging for a member of staff welfare and any such incident made against staff may involve a formal investigation. If an allegation is falsely made against a member of staff, then the student (s) will be sanctioned with an exclusion. The length of exclusion and whether this is internal or external will be treated on a case-by-case basis.
The power to discipline beyond the academy gate
The range of the academy’s Behaviour Policy extends to activities outside the academy day and off the academy premises when the pupil is:
- Taking part in any academy organised or academy related activity.
- Travelling to or from academy.
- Wearing academy uniform.
- In some other way identifiable as a pupil at the academy.
Even where the four conditions above do not apply, the Behaviour Policy can extend to any misbehaviour which could have repercussions for the orderly running of the academy, pose a threat to another pupil, or member of the public, or could adversely affect the reputation of the academy. This will include any instances of cyberbullying or mis-use of social media.
Hate speech (Racist/Homophobic/biphobic or transphobic language) will be taken very seriously as it goes against our core value of respect. Any racist remarks will be reported the police. Any hate speech carries a sanction, and this will be determined by the seriousness of action.