We expect all members of The St Leonards Academy community to show respect for other people and their feelings, opinions, culture and their right to be individuals. Bullying of any kind is not tolerated. It is, however, important to distinguish between friendship problems and bullying as the responses to friendship problems will be different to the strategies used to address bullying behaviour.
Bullying can be defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.
Bullying can take many forms including:
physical bullying, such as hitting, slapping or pushing someone
verbal bullying, such as name calling, gossiping or threatening someone
non-verbal abuse, such as hand signs or text messages
emotional abuse, such as threatening, intimidating or humiliating someone
exclusion such as ignoring or isolating someone
undermining, by constant criticism or spreading rumours