Thistle Hill Academy

Anti-Bullying

We define bullying as “deliberately hurtful behaviour that is repeated over a period of time.” Bullying can take many forms, but the three main types are physical/verbal and indirect.

We encourage parents to inform us immediately if they suspect their child is being bullied. The sooner we know, the sooner we can act to stop it! Please see our anti-bullying policy for further details, including early signs of distress.

Bullying will not be tolerated in our school. It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent it happening and our policy contains guidelines for all members of the school community. Our School value of ‘Friendship’ is promoted and Parables from the Bible are explored to support this.

Our school takes part in the National ‘Anti-bullying week’ each year.

Activities have included making an anti-bullying graffiti wall, posters, designing t-shirts, making friendship flowers, anti-bullying workshops and entering anti-bullying song competitions. Throughout the year, children are encouraged to report all incidents of bullying to an adult and are supported in developing strategies to combat it, including the use of discussion and role play.  Children are also taught awareness of ‘Cyber bullying’ throughout the year and this form of bullying will be dealt with in the same robust manner as any other form of bullying.

Year 5 and 6 children are trained as ‘buddies’ to support any pupil who may feel susceptible to bullying or for those who may behave in a bullying way. Training is focussed on our school values.

We are currently working towards gaining an anti-bullying accreditation (Project Salus).