We believe we can all show greater respect to our fellow students, staff, our school and the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We celebrate these relationships at The John Bentley School under the umbrella of Respect 24/7.
Definition of Bullying
‘Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally.’ (DfES 2007)
- Emotional – 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 – focusing on the issue of sexuality
- Verbal – name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
- Cyber – all areas of the internet (e.g. email and internet chat room misuse); mobile phone threats by text messaging and calls; misuse of associated technology (e.g. camera and video facilities)
If you have any concern that your child is unhappy or is being bullied please contact the school as soon as possible. Your child’s tutor will be happy to help but may refer it to the Head of Year if necessary. We take all reports seriously and act upon them, but the sooner we know, the better.
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable. The school is committed to providing a safe, caring and friendly environment for all staff and students. This is enshrined in our school anti-bullying charter (promise) which was devised with students.
The John Bentley School Respect 24/7 Pledge
The students, staff and governors have all signed the pledge for Respect 24/7 to show respect to others and stand up against any bullying whenever and wherever they see it. We will do our utmost to show respect to every member of our community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Everyone who has signed the pledge is given a wristband to wear.
See it – Report it – Stop It
STAFF PROMISE TO ALWAYS:
- Take reports of bullying seriously
- Deal sensitively and quickly with all bullying incidents
- Record all bullying incidents
- Support the victim(s) of any bullying
- Help those involved in bullying understand its damaging effects
STUDENTS PROMISE TO ALWAYS:
- Report any bullying incident (inc. cyber-bullying) to a member of staff in school (e.g. your tutor or Head of Year)
- Always treat others with the same respect as you would wish to be treated with