Bullying and discrimination in any form is not tolerated at Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Voluntary Academy.  There is evidence that a ‘whole school approach’ (Cambridge Education, 2005) where the whole school community, including the students, teachers, support staff; parents and board of governors, are involved in confronting the issue of bullying is the most effective approach to tackling bullying in school. 

As a school we are committed to the following principles to prevent and respond to bullying and discrimination. 

  1. listens – all pupils and parents and carers are listened to and influence strategies and approaches to prevent, report and respond to incidents of bullying. 
  2. includes us all – all pupils, including those with SEND, are included, valued and participate fully in all aspects of school life. 
  3. respects – all school staff are role models to others within the school in how they treat others. 
  4. challenges – all forms of discriminatory language – including disablist language – is challenged taken seriously 
  5. celebrates difference – difference is actively and visibly celebrated and welcome across the whole school. 
  6. understands – all school staff, pupils and parents and carers understand what bullying is and what it isn’t. 
  7. believes – all pupils, including disabled children and those with SEN, and their parents and carers are acknowledged, believed and taken seriously when reporting incidents of bullying. 
  8. reports bullying – all pupils within the school and their parents and carers understand how to report incidents of bullying. 
  9. takes action – we respond quickly to all incidents of bullying. Pupils, including disabled pupils and those with SEN, participate fully in decisions made about them and help to formulate appropriate action to respond to incidents of bullying. 
  10. has clear policies – our school’s anti-bullying policy reflects these principles and is embedded within other school policies. They are widely and actively promoted to school staff, pupils and their parents and carers. 

If you have any concerns regarding bullying and discrimination, please talk your child’s Year Leader.