We want an academy in which bullying of any kind is not accepted by any member of our academy community. This includes students, staff and parents. Every student at Tudor Grange Academy has the right to be educated in a safe and secure environment. We believe that all children and young people have the right to be protected from bullying and abusive behaviour. All young people will be listened to and treated fairly.

Bullying is often witnessed or encouraged by others. We believe that everyone has a responsibility to discourage bullying and to inform someone when they see it happening.

Bullying at Tudor Grange Academy is defined as:

“The inappropriate use of power by an individual or group with intent to injure either physically or emotionally. It is deliberate and repetitive.”

It may involve the following:

  • Non-verbal, mental or emotional abuse or pressure.
  • Verbal intimidation or abuse.
  • Physical threats or violence.
  • Written/cyber bullying e.g., notes graffiti, text messages, emails, social networking.
  • Sexual or racial harassment.

Bullying can happen to anyone. There are many types of bullying including:

  • bullying related to race, religion or culture.
  • bullying related to SEND (Special Educational Needs or Disability).
  • bullying related to appearance or physical/mental health conditions.
  • bullying related to sexual orientation (e.g., homophobic, transphobic or biphobic bullying).
  • bullying of young carers, children in care or otherwise related to home circumstances.
  • sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying.
  • bullying via technology – (cyberbullying)

All staff, and as far as possible parents, should be aware of these possible signs that a child is being bullied:

  • is frightened of walking to or from the school.
  • does not want to go on the school/public bus.
  • always asks to be driven to school.
  • changes their usual routine.
  • is unwilling to go to school (school phobic).
  • begins to truant.
  • becomes withdrawn, anxious, or lacking in confidence.
  • starts stammering.
  • attempts or threatens suicide or runs away.
  • cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares.
  • feels ill in the morning.
  • begins to do poorly in schoolwork.
  • comes home with clothes torn or books damaged.
  • has possessions which are damaged or “go missing”.
  • asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully).
  • has dinner or other monies continually “lost”.
  • has unexplained cuts or bruises.
  • comes home starving (money / lunch has been stolen).
  • becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable.
  • is bullying other children or siblings.
  • stops eating.
  • is frightened to say what’s wrong.
  • gives improbable excuses for any of the above.
  • is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone.
  • is nervous or jumpy when a cyber-message is received.

How to raise a concern regarding bullying 

We understand that students do not always want to share concerns and they may be anxious about making the situation worse. The Academy have a variety of ways that students (and parents) can raise concerns and seek support and regular reminders are given to students via tutor time, in assemblies, on posters around the Academy. These include (but are not limited to):  

  • Reporting this via “MYVOICE” on the Academy website 
  • Speaking with a member of staff. 
  • Email into the office email address.  
  • Raising a concern with an emotionally available adult.  
  • Speaking to a member of staff in student services. 

We strongly advise parents to monitor closely their child’s use of the internet and especially social network sites such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram etc.

Further details on the Academy’s approach to bullying can be found in our Anti-Bullying Policy and our in Behaviour Code of Conduct.