The department for Education (DfE) defines bullying as:
“Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group, either physically or emotionally.”
This also includes the use of technology such as computers or mobile phones to do this. Please see the ‘Online Safety’ section for more information about how to help to keep your child safe on the internet.
At Cathedral, we pride ourselves in fostering an inclusive atmosphere of respect and responsibility, meaning that bullying incidents are extremely rare. Students have designed an academy ‘anti-bullying’ pledge to show their support and commitment to stamping out any form of bullying at the academy.
Students are educated within the PSHE curriculum and form time about what bullying is; the impact of bullying on victims; where to get support if they think they are being bullied and how involvement in bullying can escalate in later life to more serious forms of discriminatory behaviour. Cathedral does not tolerate any type of bullying, including cyberbullying, with any reported incidents being dealt with quickly and efficiently. Bullying will not be dismissed as ‘just banter’ and any victims will be supported in a kind and compassionate way by our Safeguarding Team. If you think that your child is being bullied, please contact the Safeguarding Team.
Please see our Anti-Bullying Policy for further details. You can also find further advice for parents at the Anti-Bullying Alliance.