At The Ruth Gorse Academy we are determined to provide our students with a safe, secure and happy environment in which to learn.

We expect high standards of behaviour and do our best to encourage our students to develop into responsible and valued members of the community.

  • Deliberately hurtful behaviour
  • Repeated often over a period of time
  • Difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves against
  • Physical e.g. hitting, fighting, taking belongings
  • Verbal e.g. name-calling, insulting remarks – Any verbal bullying that is construed as racist, sexist or homophobic will result in a Fixed Term Exclusion. The Ruth Gorse Academy adopts a zero tolerance policy on this form of deeply offensive bullying
  • Indirect e.g. rumour-mongering, excluding someone from social groups
  • Cyber-bullying e.g. texting, use of websites etc
  • Bullying is a major element of the PHSCE programme in Year 7 so that students are immediately aware that bullying behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated
  • PHSCE lessons throughout KS3 and KS4 continue to address the problem of bullying and peer pressure during the examination of other topics, such as drugs, adolescence
  • Form tutors are encouraged to discuss bullying as and when appropriate
  • English and Drama lessons may be used to explore bullying issues
  • Assemblies are periodically used as a vehicle for raising awareness, using relevant examples
  • Audits are taken, through questionnaires of students’ experiences of bullying which then inform the PSHCE curriculum
  • An Anti-bullying week will take place each year, to raise awareness of different types of bullying and explore ways to prevent it from happening
  • All incidents are treated seriously by staff and referred to the Form Tutor/senior member of staff as soon as possible
  • Written statements are taken from all students involved
  • Both the ‘victim’ and the ‘bully’ are made aware that the school views any instance of bullying very seriously
  • It is imperative that the victim is supported and is given help
  • Every effort must be made to resolve the situation immediately. Where appropriate, ‘victim’ and ‘bully’ should be brought together to discuss the incident
  • Follow up procedures should check that the bullying has not resumed
  • The lead member of staff will judge the seriousness of the incident. In the case of a minor ‘one off’ incident, in which no physical harm is done, a reprimand may be sufficient. More serious or persistent cases will necessitate the involvement of the Principal. In these cases, parents must be informed and invited into school
  • Sanctions must be clear, consistent and appropriate to the seriousness of the incident
  • Where other strategies do not resolve the problem, permanent exclusion may be justified in the most serious and persistent cases, particularly where violence is involved
  • When investigating a fight, it is important to identify whether it has arisen through bullying. If a student has been severely provoked, this must be taken into account when dealing with the incident. If both parties have been provoked by third parties, it is important to identify the provocateur(s) and deal with them appropriately. N.B. We must never give the impression that we condone retaliation, although we should treat incidents of this nature sensitively

Student support

Once the incident has been dealt with, it is important that there are no further problems. The victim must be able to alert the Form Tutor/senior member of staff of any repercussions and strategies should be put into place to allow this to happen. Similarly, the bully must be monitored so that no further incidents occur.

View the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
Download the Anti-Bullying Tips posters
Download the Anti-Bullying and Hate Incidents Reporting Policy

Work created by our students for Anti-Bullying Week