At Aspire we believe that behaviour such as bullying and harassment are totally unacceptable. We will strive to create and maintain an environment where everyone feels safe, secure and valued.
Our policy and practice is intended to support learner understanding of what bullying is and highlights how we can all work to prevent and deal with bullying.
- Everyone shares a responsibility to create a safe, secure learning environment.
- Creating and ensuring a safe environment makes a valuable contribution towards promoting appropriate behaviour and promotes high academic standards.
- In fostering mutual respect between everyone.
- That we are all role models and that our response to bullying is always to be calm, consistent, approachable and strive to create mutual respect for each other.
- Our ethos and organisation is designed to prevent bullying and where it does occur to respond positively and in the interests of the whole school, the victim and the bully.
What is bullying?
‘Repeated behaviour that deliberately threatens the well-being of another person. Such behaviour could be physical, verbal or psychological’.
We recognise that a single incident of aggressive behaviour can be regarded as bullying in certain circumstances.
Bullying can take many forms including:
- Physical – hitting, kicking, punching or a use of violence.
- Verbal – name calling, spreading rumours, teasing or inciting violence.
- Emotional – leaving people out, intimidation, unfriendliness, treats or ignoring people.
- Cyber – misuse of the internet and technology including messaging, misuse of mobile phones and social media with inappropriate calls, texts or postings.
Who do I speak to?
As a parent or a learner, we recommend that if you have any Bullying concerns then you seek the contact of your required Key Stage named contact below for further advice and guidance by using 01942 776142 or alternatively Enquiries@admin.oakfied.wigan.sch.uk where your email will be forwarded to the necessary named contact.
Parent and student points of contact:
KS3 Representative - Mrs Brown Transition and Year 7
KS3 Representative - Miss Schofield Year 8 and 9
KS4 Representative – Mrs Penny
KS5 Representative – Mr Jones
Other involved Staff + Governor Links
Governor – Mrs J Brown
ABQM Coordinator – Mr T Ennion
Peer Support Scheme
This academic year we have launched a Peer Support scheme that is available to all learners. Within each classroom is a disclosure form where students can fill in a document if they feel like they need to speak to someone. These are picked up daily during registration by a timetabled member of the Student Council. During the same school day the timetabled member of the student council will seek an opportunity to interact with the learner, listen to their problems, offer support and will forward the disclosure to either the ABQM ambassador (Mr Ennion), appropriate Key Stage Pastoral Manager (Mrs Brown, Mrs Penny, Mrs Jolley) or named Welfare Officer. The approach to the Peer Support scheme is based around the school Respect Charter.
Relating School Documents:
Advice for parents: https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/
Advice for learners: http://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/advice/children-young-people/