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					                                    THE LATYMER SCHOOL
                                                  Founded 1624




HEADTEACHER                                                               CHAIRMAN OF GOVERNORS
M E Garbett MA M.Ed NPQH                                                  I L Pilsworth LLB




                                             POLICY ON

                                        ANTI BULLYING



                                        Approved by Governors June 2007




  JUNE 2007



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                                  ANTI-BULLYING POLICY
Bullying is defined as any action that makes someone feel unhappy or uncomfortable
because of their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, culture, appearance, ability or
disability. The school’s anti-bullying policy aims to meet the “Every Child Matters”
framework, ensuring that “every child Stays Safe – from bullying and discrimination”.

       Latymer School is committed to a policy of reducing the incidence of bullying
through its PSHE programme, the commitment of pupils and staff to report incidents and
dealing with incidents following the appropriate procedure.

      It is expected that everyone in the school will adhere to the following policy
statement.

1. We will not tolerate bullying or harassing of any kind, whether face to face, written,
   online, by phone or other means.
2. We will be accepting of others regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion,
   culture, appearance, ability or disability.
3. We will try not to pass by if we see anyone being bullied, whether in school or out. We
   will either try to stop it or go for help bearing in mind our own personal safety.
4. Where we cannot adequately deal with bullying incidents ourselves we would report the
   incident to a member of staff or other responsible adult that we know.
5. We will try to help resolve the issue as soon as possible by giving information as
   appropriate and being prepared to help both bully and victim.



                                        PROCEDURES
The Deputy Head (Pastoral) – Mr Kernan will be in charge of monitoring incidents and
appropriate disciplinary measures. Any incident, from name calling to physical bullying,
should be reported in writing to the Deputy Head Pastoral) indicating the names of the
individuals involved and the action taken. Repeated bullying will be dealt with very
severely and could lead to exclusion.

Bullying of any sort can be reported to any member of staff. Notes expressing concerns
may be placed in the box outside the Medical Room. Sixth Form mentors, and senior
pupils attached to year groups, may also be approached to discuss bullying. The Head of
Year and/or the Deputy Head will be involved only if the member of staff and/or the pupil
involved feel it is necessary to do so in order to resolve the incident (see also procedures
explained below for serious cases, however). If a member of staff is involved in bullying a
pupil, the pupil should inform their Head of Year or the Deputy Head (Pastoral), directly.

Instances of intractable bullying – i.e. cases in which the school’s first plan of action does
not result in success, and the bully continues or resumes bullying later – will be reported to
the Governors. The Deputy Head Pastoral will include as part of the Head’s termly report
the number of incidents of bullying reported to him.




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If the bullying is by a pupil or pupils to another pupil the teacher who is informed should
proceed as follows:

1. Verbal bullying (name calling) - explain the offensive nature to the pupil concerned,
   warn of consequences if the behaviour continues (i.e. phonecall or letter home to
   parents, note on school file, school detention, loss of privileges i.e. free time at
   lunchtimes, school trips etc.). Send brief memo to Deputy Head.
2. Non-verbal bullying i.e. offensive written comments or physical harassment - report to
   Head of Year immediately. Head of Year will report to Deputy Head as appropriate.
   This kind of bullying can lead to immediate exclusion depending on the nature of the
   offence.

This Policy will be discussed by all new entrants to the School and all pupils as part of the
PSHE programme and reviewed and revised as necessary annually (using online Pupil
Forums and their review by members of the school council to advise senior staff).




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