At St Edmund Arrowsmith, we are committed to preventing bullying and discriminatory behaviour.
How to get Help
Bullying is wrong.
Nobody has the right to hurt other people either physically or in any other way (verbally or mentally).
Spreading untrue stories, deliberately isolating people, taking their friends away, making threats, hitting, kicking, fighting with people - these are all examples of bullying and they can all cause distress to the victim.
What to do
- You must tell someone. The best way would be to tell a teacher who you know you will be able to confide in, but it is essential you speak to someone; it could be a friend, a peer mentor, a member of the school prefect team, your form teacher, your Year Manager or Progress Leader, a member of SLT or a relative.
- When you do decide to talk to someone tell the truth, describe everything that has happened and how you feel about it.
- Most importantly do something. Sometimes bullying stops quickly but doing nothing means it may go on until someone is seriously upset or hurt, that could be you, or the bullies could move onto someone else if they think they are getting away with it.
What not to do
- Phone a parent or guardian from school without notifying a member of staff.
- Don't believe you are on your own.
- Don't suffer in silence.
- Don't retaliate.
- Your first move may be to contact your Form Tutor or Year Manager, your Progress Leader or Mr Harrison (Assistant Principal).
Remember, all advice is confidential.
The SHARP system - There are many reasons why young people decide not to talk about incidents, whether that is due to not wanting to talk face to face, lack of confidence, scared, peer pressure or scared in case someone sees them talking to or seen in the schools office but to name just a few. The SHARP System (Student Help Advice Reporting Page System) which allows young people to report any incidents which occur within the school and local community anonymously and without fear.