Anti-Bullying Policy


Statement of Intent

At Sark School, we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.  Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school.  If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.  We are a TELLING school.  This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.

What Is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person.  Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. The difference between a one-off incidence and bullying is that bullying is when the behaviour happens several times on purpose.  At Sark School, a bully is someone who hurts someone several times, using behaviour which is perceived by the victim to be meant to hurt, frighten or upset another person.


Bullying can be:

  • Emotional        being 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    because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality
  • Verbal             name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
  • Cyber               All areas of internet, such as email & internet chat room misuse. Refer to the E Safety policy for more detail
    Mobile threats by text messaging & calls
    Misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera &video facilities


Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?

Bullying hurts.  No one deserves to be a victim of bullying.  Everybody has the right to be treated with respect.  Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.


Schools have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.


Sark school records incidents of bullying by……… 


If an incident of bullying occurs Sark School will……….





Objectives of this Policy

  • All teaching and non-teaching staff, the education committee, pupils and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.
  • All teaching and non-teaching staff should know what the school policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.
  • All pupils and parents should know what the school policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
  • As a school we take bullying seriously.  Pupils and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
  • Bullying will not be tolerated.


Signs and Symptoms

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied.  Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:

  • is frightened of walking to or from school
  • begs to be taken to school
  • changes their usual routine
  • is unwilling to go to school (school phobic)
  • begins to truant
  • becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
  • starts stammering
  • attempts or threatens suicide or runs away
  • cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
  • feels ill in the morning
  • begins to do poorly in school work
  • comes home with clothes torn or books damaged
  • has possessions which are damaged or " go missing"
  • asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully)
  • has monies continually "lost"
  • has unexplained cuts or bruises
  • becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
  • is bullying other children or siblings
  • stops eating
  • is frightened to say what's wrong
  • gives improbable excuses for any of the above
  • is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
  • is nervous & jumpy when a cyber message is received


These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated




  1. Report bullying incidents to staff
  2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be recorded by staff
  3. In serious cases parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem
  4. If necessary and appropriate, the constables will be consulted
  5. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
  6. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour




1) The bully (bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologise.  Other consequences may take place.

2) In serious cases, suspension or even exclusion will be considered

3) If possible, the pupils will be reconciled

4) After the incident / incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.





Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)                                0808 800 5793

Children's Legal Centre                                                    0845 345 4345

KIDSCAPE Parents Helpline (Mon-Fri, 10-4)                     0845 1 205 204

Parentline Plus                                                                  0808 800 2222

Youth Access                                                                     020 8772 9900

Bullying Online                                                       


Visit the Kidscape website for further support, links and advice.