“Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, often repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally.”
Here at King Edward VI we are committed to promoting friendship and community values that encourage the support of all members of our school community. This is one way in which we try to reduce issues of bullying, and ensure everyone feels that they belong.
Our Anti-Bullying Policy outlines the various strategies we employ to deal with incidents of bullying, and to proactively reduce the chances of it happening. To view the current Anti-Bullying Policy please visit the Policies & Documents page of our website.
We are excited to present the newly formed team of anti-bullying ambassadors, representing students from different year groups across the school. The next phase of our work will be to explore how the anti-bullying team can raise awareness around issues of bullying, and to lead projects that continue to increase the quality of friendships in school; developing a shared understanding of what it is to be a compassionate member of our community, and how to ensure conflict is resolved successfully without damaging relationships over time.
We look forward to working with Emma, Isaac, Jess, Francesca, Liv, Gracie, Amelia, Fraser, Eva and Kieran as we plan for the future.
The four main kinds of bullying include: Physical, Verbal, Emotional/Non-verbal, and Cyberbullying.
- Physical – hurting a person’s body (e.g. shoving, poking, throwing things, spitting, slapping, choking, punching, kicking, beating, stabbing, pulling hair, biting, scratching, scraping, pinching, threatened violence, or damaging possessions)
- Verbal – saying or writing mean things (e.g. name calling including homophobic language, taunting, nasty teasing, insults, spreading malicious gossip)
- Emotional/Non-verbal – often accompanies physical or verbal bullying. (e.g. rude gestures, ignoring/excluding/isolating a pupil)
- Cyberbullying – involves using social media and the internet to spread rumours or post pictures/videos or fake websites/profiles. Also involves sending malicious emails or text messages on mobile phones.
If you are being bullied or know someone who is, please let someone know. You can email Student Support, or speak to a member of staff.
Congratulations to Francesca Pegg who won our Anti-bullying poster competition. Click here to see her fantastic winning entry. And thank you to all of the people who entered. The standard was very high – so well done!
Lucy (left) from the anti-bullying team presents Annabel with her prize, following the Anti-bullying week raffle. The raffle was used to raise money and awareness of the work of the anti-bullying group.
During anti-bullying week, members of the school’s Anti-Bullying group led assemblies raising awareness of the issues surrounding bullying. The key messages were about ensuring all students know that bullying is never acceptable, and that anyone experiencing or witnessing bullying should report it to an adult or a member of the anti-bullying group. People who are bullied often feel that they can’t report it, as they fear that nothing can be done to help, or that it might get worse. We want to challenge this idea, as the school has a number of ways to stop bullying and support those who have experienced it.