All students at Wallington County Grammar School have an equal right to participate in and enjoy their education, and to have the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Any action which hinders the educational and/or social development of any student will not be tolerated.

At WCGS we aim to create an environment where students are free from any kind of bullying by other members of the school community. We want to ensure that students feel a strong sense of wellbeing both inside and outside the School and ensure that there are clear channels of communication between students, and staff in the event of a problem occurring.

What is Bullying?

Bullying may be defined as a conscious desire to hurt, threaten or frighten someone, either physically or verbally. It is not a one off incident and can differ depending on the reaction of the victim, and how personally they take the comments

Bullying can be:

Emotional

Being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)

Physical

Pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any case of violence

Racist

Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures

Sexual

Unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments

Homophobic

Because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality, using verbal abuse, including spreading rumours that someone is gay or suggesting that something or someone is inferior and so they are 'gay', for example, ‘That is so gay!' or 'Those trainers are so gay!'

Verbal  

Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing

Indirect ‘cyber bullying’

Sending malicious emails or text messages, setting up web sites to invite abuse of students, ‘happy slapping’

At WCGS we aim to:

  • Promote positive attitudes towards all members of the school community
  • Encourage an atmosphere and ethos where bullying does not occur
  • Ensure that staff, students and parent/carers' are all aware of what constitutes bullying
  • Encourage students to report incidents of bullying, by educating them on why it is wrong and who to tell
  • Ensure that bullying incidents are taken seriously, followed up and dealt with appropriately
  • Encourage everyone to actively challenge bullying whenever and wherever it occurs
  • Ensure that all students are aware that all forms of bullying are not tolerated.

Please click on the link below for a copy of our Anti-Bullying Policy:

Anti-Bullying Policy

If you are concerned that your child is being bullied please contact their form tutor, Key Stage Leader or Mrs D. Owen, Deputy Headteacher.