Anti-bullying information

What all students need to know

Banbury Academy is a comprehensive school. That means it is for everybody. In this school we believe that everyone has a right to equal chances. Each individual is valued and respected for who she/he is.

  • We are a school where bullying is seen as unacceptable by all members of the school
  • We will deal with it seriously and sensitively
  • We will take appropriate action
  • We will not tolerate bullying

Definition: What is Bullying?

Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. The main types of bullying are:

  • Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching, taking or damaging the belongings of others and any other form of violence
  • Verbal – name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, issuing threats, racist and insulting remarks
  • Emotional – excluding someone, tormenting someone, ridiculing, humiliation
  • Racist – racist taunts, graffiti, gestures
  • Sexual – unwanted physical contact, abusive comments, homophobic comments
  • Online/Cyber – setting up hate websites, sending text messages, emails and abusing the victims via their mobile phones.


  • Is it funny or is it bullying?
  • Does the person on the receiving end think it's funny?
  • Would you think it funny if it was happening to you?

  • Bullying is making someone miserable by being unpleasant to them on an on-going basis
  • A one-off argument or fight may be upsetting. It may need to be dealt with by a teacher – but it's not bullying
  • You can help yourself by ignoring comments – Do not react but tell someone

What should you do if you're being bullied?

  • Remember that bullying is never your fault and it can be stopped
  • Value yourself and your feelings
  • If you are being bullied, look bullies in the eye, be firm and clear and tell them to stop
  • Get away from the situation as quickly as possible
  • Tell your parents/carers, friends, teachers or Pastoral Manager

How can you help someone who is being bullied?

  • Support them
  • Tell an adult about it
  • Encourage the victim to get help