At Lincoln Academy we actively promote the value of being kind to ensure that differences and diversity is celebrated across the whole school community. We want to enable our students to become responsible citizens of the world and to prepare them for life in the 21st century. These values reflect those that will be expected of our students by society when they leave school enter the world of work or further education. Lincoln Academy is a place where every person has the right to be themselves and to be included in a safe and happy environment. Everyone at our school is equal and should be treated with respect.
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at our school. At our school the safety, welfare and well-being of all students and staff is a key priority. We take all incidences of bullying seriously and it is our duty as a whole school community to take measures to prevent and tackle any bullying, harassment or discrimination.
What is bullying?
Bullying is hurtful or unkind behaviour which is deliberate and repeated. Bullying can be carried out by an individual or a group of people towards another individual or group, where the bully or bullies hold more power than those being bullied.
What does bullying look like?
Bullying can be:
- Hitting or threatening to hit someone
- Touching someone inappropriately or without consent
- Calling someone names or spreading rumours or gossip about someone
- Stealing, hiding or damaging someone’s property
- Deliberately ignoring someone or leaving them out
- Sending hurtful or unkind texts, images, emails or online messages to or about someone.
Remember that bullying isn’t just physical and it can happen outside or inside school. If someone is deliberately and repeatedly being hurtful or unkind towards you or someone else, whatever that looks like or for whatever reason, it is bullying.
What kinds of bullying can happen?
- Race or ethnicity (racist bullying)
- Religion or belief
- Culture or family background
- Gender (sexist bullying)
- Sexual Orientation (homophobic or biphobic bullying)
- Gender identity (transphobic bullying)
- Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Disability
- Appearance or health conditions
- Disagreements between friends
- Related to home or other personal situations
- Related to another vulnerable group of people (such as young carers, or travellers)
Not every type of bullying is on this list. If someone is deliberately and repeatedly being hurtful or unkind towards you, for whatever reason, that is bullying.
What should I do if I’m being bullied or someone else is being bullied?
It is really important to report bullying. It won’t make the situation worse and it will help to stop the bullying whether it is happening to you or to someone else. If you know that someone is being bullied, try to reassure and support them, tell them that what is happening is wrong and help them to tell a trusted adult. There are many different ways to report bullying:
Students who are being bullied are encouraged not to retaliate but to tell someone they trust about it such as a friend, family member or a trusted adult. They are also encouraged to report any bullying incidents in school:
Tell a teacher – such as a Form Tutor, Head of House or Pastoral Manager in Pupil Support or any other Teacher.
You can also report bullying to the Pastoral Managers by email:
firstname.lastname@example.org - Franklin
email@example.com - Newton
firstname.lastname@example.org - St. Hugh
email@example.com – Tennyson
Call Childline to speak with someone in confidence on 0800 1111.
Academy staff will make sure that the bullying is recorded and taken seriously and will follow up to support you or the person being bullied. They will also act to sort out the situation with the bully and any other persons involved.
This procedure should be communicated widely:
- accessible for students
- on the website
- in student planners
- displayed in classrooms