St Thomas à Becket school is committed to the health and safety of its members and will take action to safeguard their well-being. Jesus Christ Himself taught us to love our neighbours as ourselves and to turn the other cheek in the face of adversity. He taught us about the dignity and respect we must afford one another and our Mission Statement reinforces these extremely important Catholic values. Jesus also taught about forgiveness and reconciliation and the School acknowledges fully the two contrasting needs, those of the bully and those of the bullied. We will seek at all times to ensure the protection of each of its pupils from the effects of bullying and also that bullies are dealt with in accordance with the Behaviour and Exclusions Policy which includes the need to reconcile the bully with the bullied and the community.
What is bullying?
Learning to understand and manage conflict is an important part of growing up. Bullying is not simply a ‘falling out’. Research shows that experiencing bullying can have a significant impact on a child’s life well into adulthood. To ensure we are able to prevent bullying, act quickly when it takes place and avoid misidentifying bullying, it is vital that schools and other settings have a shared definition of bullying. This should be understood by the whole school or setting including parents, young people and all staff.
“Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online.” ANTI-BULLYING ALLIANCE Definition of bullying
Bullying is behaviour that makes people feel unsafe or threatened. This is through repeated incidences, usually persistent and often secretive and a conscious attempt to hurt, or cause distress.
Further information can also be found in our Anti-Bullying Policy and on the section of the website regarding Peer on Peer abuse.
If you are concerned your child may be being bullied, please contact the school as soon as possible. You can get in contact with any of the following staff to discuss your concerns:
- Your child’s form tutor or Year Leader
- The Behaviour Team
- The Safeguarding Team
Anti-Bullying Week 2021
Further information on Anti-Bullying week will be distributed to all pupils when activities are confirmed.
Further information for pupils and parents.
Tel: 0800 1111
National Bullying Helpline:
Tel: 0300 323 0169