Bottisham Village College defines bullying as repeated negative behaviour that is intended to make others feel upset, uncomfortable or unsafe.
Hassment is unwanted behaviour that is offensive or which makes someone feel intimidated or humiliated. It can happen on its own or alongside other forms of discrimination. Unwanted behaviour could be: spoken or written words or abuse. Harassment is a criminal offence under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
Bullying damages children’s and young people’s physical and mental health, including their self-confidence and ability to build and sustain relationships. It can also destroy self-esteem sometimes with devastating consequences and with the effects lasting into adult life. Bullying undermines the ability to concentrate and learn and can impact children’s and young people’s chances of achieving their full potential at school and later in life. Bullying causes harm to those who bully, those who are bullied and those who observe bullying. This school believes that all children and young people have the right to learn and work in an environment where they feel safe and that is free from harassment and bullying.
We treat bullying seriously at the college and have, for many years, worked hard to reduce the instances of bullying, including cyberbullying. The college aims to create a climate and school environment in which everyone agrees that bullying is unacceptable and is committed to tackling it in order to improve outcomes for children and young people. We hold regular assemblies on anti-bullying along with tutor, subject and PSHE work and we have a clear anti-bullying policy which can be found below.
To report bullying or harassment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 01223 340400