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 and abuse of any kind is unacceptable at The Sutton Academy. If bullying and abuse 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 and abuse:
Any action which makes someone feel unhappy. This may not always be deliberate. These actions may be verbal, psychological or physical.
Bullying and abuse 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 and abuse 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 and abuse is recorded and all students involved spoken to as well as parents. Depending on the nature of the bullying and abuse a range of consequences may be considered.
If the bullying and abuse continues at this point – this becomes serious, 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 and abuse?
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 Assistant Principal Ms G Medare. This link is located under the Students tab.
An informative website to visit is from the Anti-Bullying Alliance where you will find lots of useful information for parents and carers. Click here to access the website.