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Anti bullying

Are you being bullied?

At the Albany, no student should be subjected to bullying by another student.

Any incident of bullying will be dealt with by the school .

What is bullying? 

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.

Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying? 

Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Students who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.

Bullying can be: 

  • Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
  • 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 focussing on the issue of sexuality
  • Verbal – name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
  • Cyber – All areas of the internet, such as email and internet chat room misuse, mobile threats by text messaging and calls and misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera and video.

Advice For students 

These ideas about what you can do have been suggested by students. If you are being bullied:

  • Tell someone you trust (Your tutor, Head of Year or another member of staff, someone at home, a friend)
  • Remember you are not the one with the problem
  • If you can, ignore the bully
  • If you can, do not show you are upset
  • If possible, avoid being alone in the places where bullying happens
  • Be assertive, if you can
  • Walk away quickly and confidently, even if you do not feel that way inside
  • If you are different in some way, be proud of who you are.

Advice for Friends 

  • Listen and talk it through
  • Try to be sensitive
  • Try not to leave them on their own
  • Persuade the person being bullied to talk to an adult

Advice for Bystanders 

  • Even if you do not take part in bullying but see it and walk away, you are ignoring your responsibilities
  • Get help
  • Give sympathy to the person being bullied

If you tell someone what should happen? 

If you tell a member of your family, they will contact your tutor or your Head of Year.

If you tell a member of staff in school, they will listen to your concerns/ experiences and make a decision about how to help to stop the bullying from happening again. They might also;

  1. Ask you to write a statement
  2. Approach the students who are bullying you and resolve the problem for you by speaking with them
  3. Ask you to meet with the person you who is bullying you, to help resolve the issue
  4. Ask all pupils involved to sign an anti-bullying contract
  5. Punish the students who have done something wrong
  6. Your parents will be contacted and invited into school for a meeting
  7. The parents of students who are bullying you will be invited into school for a meeting or contacted
  8. If you report bullying we can help you.

If you report bullying we can help you.

The link at the top of this page will allow you to report bullying to the Pastoral Team at The Albany who can help you with any issues you may be having.

Advice for Parents 

Do you know what to do if you think your child is being bullied or if they tell you they are being bullied? We have produced a guide for parents to help:

Anti-Bullying Advice for Parents

Do you know who your child is talking to online? We have a produced a guide to help with keeping your child safe when they use the internet:

eSafety Advice for Parents

Useful Links 

Internet Matters