The Sutton Academy is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our students so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at The Sutton Academy. If bullying does occur, all students should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
The Sutton Academy definition of bullying:
Any action which makes someone feel unhappy. This may not always be deliberate. These actions may be verbal, psychological or physical.
Bullying can be:
- Emotional: being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
- Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
- Racist: racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
- Sexual: unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
- Diabolist: comments and name calling
- Homophobic: because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality
- Verbal: name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
- Cyber: All areas of Internet, such as email & Internet chat room misuse
- Mobile threats by text messaging & calls
- Misuse of associated technology , i.e. camera & video facilities
How does the Academy deal with this?
The Academy will deal with incidents of bullying incredibly seriously. We understand that students aren’t always aware of what impact their actions are having on others but should be tackled none the less. Any accusations of bullying is recorded and all students involved spoken to as well as parents. Depending on the nature of the bullying a range of consequences may be considered.
If the bullying continues at this point – this becomes serious bullying, as the actions are continuing despite the fact that the students know the impact they are having. This now becomes a serious consequence in the academy which may result in permanent exclusion or/and police involvement.
How to report bullying?
Bullying can be reported to any member of staff. Students can also approach our Anti Bullying Ambassadors at any point, there are 3 in each year group, managed by the Year 11 peer mentors. Information can then be passed to the appropriate staff member. There is also a Report Bullying email link on our webpage for students or parents to contact the academy directly. Emails are automatically sent to the Senior Vice Principal Mr P Willerton. This link is located under the Students tab.