At The Farnley Academy we are determined to provide our students with a safe, secure and happy environment in which to learn. We expect high standards of behaviour and do our best to encourage our students to develop into responsible and valued members of the community.

What is bullying?

Bullying is:

  • deliberately hurtful behaviour,
  • repeated often over a period of time,
  • difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves against.

It usually takes one of four forms:

  • Physical e.g. hitting, fighting, taking belongings
  • Verbal e.g. name-calling, insulting remarks, racist comments
  • Indirect e.g. rumour-mongering, excluding someone from social groups
  • Cyber-bullying e.g. texting, use of websites etc

This type of behaviour is contrary to the ethos of The Gorse Academies Trust. In partnership with parents, we aim to raise awareness and prevent such behaviour.

Raising Awareness Through The Curriculum

  • Bullying is a major element of our Empowerment Days so that students are immediately aware that bullying behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
  • The Empowerment Curriculum across Key Stages 3 and 4 continues to address the problem of bullying and peer pressure during the examination of other topics, such as drugs, adolescence.
  • Form tutors are encouraged to discuss bullying as and when appropriate.
  • English and Drama lessons may be used to explore bullying issues.
  • Assemblies are periodically used as a vehicle for raising awareness, using relevant examples.
  • Audits are taken, through questionnaires of students’ experiences of bullying which then inform Empowerment Days.
  • An Anti-bullying week took place in 2015-16, to raise awareness of different types of bullying and explore ways to prevent it from happening.

Procedures For Dealing With Incidents

  • All incidents are treated seriously by staff and referred to the Form Tutor/Head of Year (HoY) as soon as possible.
  • Written statements are taken from all students involved.
  • Both the ‘victim’ and the ‘bully’ are made aware that the school views any instance of bullying very seriously.
  • It is imperative that the victim is supported and is given help.
  • Every effort must be made to resolve the situation immediately. Where appropriate, ‘victim’ and ‘bully’ should be brought together to discuss the incident.
  • Follow up procedures should check that the bullying has not resumed.
  • HoY will judge the seriousness of the incident. In the case of a minor ‘one off’ incident, in which no physical harm is done, a reprimand may be sufficient. More serious or persistent cases will necessitate the involvement of the Assistant Principal, with responsibility for pastoral and behaviour. In these cases, parents must be informed and invited into school.
  • Sanctions must be clear, consistent and appropriate to the seriousness of the incident.
  • Where other strategies do not resolve the problem, permanent exclusion may be justified in the most serious and persistent cases, particularly where violence is involved.
  • When investigating a fight, it is important to identify whether it has arisen through bullying. If a student has been severely provoked, this must be taken into account when dealing with the incident. If both parties have been provoked by third parties, it is important to identify the provocateur(s) and deal with them appropriately. N.B. We must never give the impression that we condone retaliation, although we should treat incidents of this nature sensitively.

Student Support

Once the incident has been dealt with, it is important that there are no further problems. The victim must be able to alert the Form Tutor/HoY of any repercussions and strategies should be put into place to allow this to happen. Similarly, the bully must be monitored so that no further incidents occur.