Bronze Anti-Bullying Quality Mark Achieved 2017
"The Anti-Bullying Quality Mark is a national scheme which shows how good schools are at preventing bullying. It challenges schools to set up effective and sustainable anti-bullying policies and strategies and make them part of their everyday life.
Moulton School & Science College achieved the ABQM-UK Bronze Award because staff, students. parents and Governors demonstrated that anti-bullying is a whole school priority in which they all play an active role. Pupils are actively involved in the development of anti-bullying in the school. As a result of their work, the school has established a range of support strategies to make sure that students feel safe and comfortable.
We would like to congratulate Catherine Woodcock and Alison Scholey for their leadership of anti-bullying in the school, as well as their colleagues, the pupils and parents for their hard work. We hope that the Bronze award recognizes their efforts and inspires them to work towards the Silver level.
Definition of Bullying agreed with Moulton School Students
“Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, which intentionally hurts another individual or group, either physically or emotionally.” Preventing and Tackling Bullying (DfE, Oct 2014).
Note: Whilst accepting this definition, it is also noted that bullying may, on occasions, take the form of an isolated incident in which there is an imbalance of power.
Bullying can take many forms:
- Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, punching, and any other forms of violence, including threats of violence.
- Direct Verbal: name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, persistent teasing.
- Social (indirect verbal comments): unkind comments made in the proximity of the victim.
- Cyberbullying: abusive texts, e-mails, Snapchats, or any other inappropriate use of social networking sites, including unkind communication or creation of web pages, sexting.
- Emotional: excluding, tormenting (i.e. hiding books, threatening gestures), ridicule, humiliation.
- Racism/ Faith related bullying: racial taunts, words, phrases and/or stereotyping, which includes reference to or signify a dislike or demeaning outlook on somebody's skin colour, hair type, religion, culture or faith.
- Sexual: unwanted physical contact, abusive comments, sexual gestures, sexting.
- SEND related bullying: SEN and disability-targeted bullying.
- Homophobic: ridicule, name calling, unkind comments, humiliation that directly links to a young person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation.
- Gender: Ridicule, victimisation, humiliation or/and harassment that directly links to somebody's gender including transgender and cisgender students and sexism.
Many types of behaviour that could be described as bullying are covered by legislation and can be prosecuted as criminal offences under a number of acts of Parliament, for example:
- Protection from Harassment Act 1997
- Malicious Communications Act 1988
- Communications Act 2003
- Public Order Act 1986
Our Anti-bullying Steering Team is made up students, staff, governors and parents to ensure collaboration of ideas and strategies to help prevent bullying. If you have any suggestions or ideas please don't hesitate to let one of the team know.
What our students say...
- Lizzie Buckingham - I really enjoy being part of the anti-bullying steering group. It’s good because you get to know the ideas of other people and then make sure everyone knows what to do if they are being bullied. Going to all the meetings means I know what is going on and what we have to do to achieve our different goals and prevent bullying.
- Shreya Bagha - It’s good that we have our anti-bullying group. We present assemblies for the different year groups to raise awareness and help prevent bullying which, if it happens, is a serious problem in schools.
- Ethan Codling - We need to stop bullying because it makes a happier atmosphere to learn in. I like being part of the anti-bullying group because it’s good to help prevent bullying.
Please come and see us regarding any issues or ideas you may have relating to anti-bullying. You can also speak to us directly by contacting the school, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or texting our dedicated number 07520 631333
Alternatively, you may want to contact our anti-bullying governor link - Karen Godfrey, please contact the school for contact details.
Student Happiness Questionnaire
As a school we think it is essential to keep track on any bullying incidences that occur and deal with them in the best possible way. If you are, unfortunately, the victim of bullying we would be very grateful if you could take the time to complete our I really enjoy being part of the anti-bullying steering group. It’s good because you get to know the ideas of other people and then make sure everyone knows what to do if they are being bullied. Going to all the meetings means I know what is going on and what we have to do to achieve our different goals and prevent bullying.
Parent Happiness Questionnaire
As a school we think it is essential to keep track on any bullying incidences that occur and deal with them in the best possible way. If your child is, unfortunately, the victim of bullying we would be very grateful if you could take the time to complete our Happiness questionnaire so that we can assess how happy you are with the treatment that you and your child have received.
If you feel like you are being bullied, in other words, if another person’s behaviour is making you feel down, it is very important that you report the bullying incidences to a teacher or member of staff. You can do this in a number of ways:
- Form tutor
- Pastoral drop in
- Pastoral staff
- Teachers or any member of staff
- Email: email@example.com
- Sending an anonymous text to the school bullying phone number: 07520 631333