Bullying can happen in any walk of life; it may unfortunately happen at Calday. We cannot say that it will not, but we can say that it will not be tolerated.
There are many definitions of bullying but they generally agree about one thing: bullying makes someone unhappy over a period of time. As well as physical violence and cyber bullying, teasing or being excluded from a group may also be seen as bullying. An assessment of any report of bullying needs to examine the intent on one side and the way it is received on the other. The intention to hurt and the feeling of hurt caused are very important considerations.
If a student is bullied, they need to be reassured of two things immediately:
- It does not mean there is something wrong with them
- It should not be accepted or endured. It is not wrong to tell; any disclosure will be treated sympathetically and we will do everything we can to bring about a positive resolution to the issue.
Please contact the appropriate Form Tutor or Year Head in the first instance if you have concerns about bullying. Please click here to view the school’s Anti-bullying policy.
Bully Busters is an Anti Bullying Helpline that provides support for victims of bullying and their families. The website contains information and practical advice on bullying, also there are contact details for a free helpline or you can email them. There is also a message board allowing you to confidentially voice your feelings and experiences.
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything - no problem is too big or too small. Call free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email.