SES Anti-bullying policy
The aim of the Boarding Houses and the Schools is to create an ethos where bullying of any kind is unacceptable, and pupils feel able to report concerns as soon as they occur, whether they or others are the victims.
Bullying can take a variety of forms, but we consider it to be behaviour, which is:
- Deliberately hurtful to others, including aggressive or intimidatory behaviour, repeated often over a period of time which is difficult for victims to defend themselves against, resulting in distress, harm or feeling of isolation
- It can be racial, religious, cultural, sexist,
Three main types are:
- Physical: hitting, kicking, taking belongings
- Verbal: frequent or persistent name calling, insulting, making offensive remarks including racial remarks
- Indirect: spreading nasty stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, being made the subject of malicious rumours.
- Cybersending malicious e-mails or text messages on mobile phones, posting messages and/or photos on social networking sites
We pride ourselves in the SES Boarding Community that instances of bullying are rare, but every allegation of bullying is taken seriously and investigated. It is never ignored. The fact that the Schools will not tolerate bullying is re-inforced to pupils regularly by a variety of means.
Whilst those who are alleged to be doing the bullying will be treated fairly, supportively and professionally, serious or long-lasting offences of bullying could result in major sanctions against the alleged bully, which ultimately could result in permanent exclusion from SES.
The Schools will always attempt to provide support both for the bullied and the bullies, where necessary using professionals from outside the Schools.