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Sunningdale School

Anti-Bullying Policy


This policy has been written with reference to DfE document, ‘Preventing and tackling bullying’ (October 2014) & Cyber-bullying. Pupils learn best  in a safe and calm environment which is free from disruption.


The aim of the anti-bullying policy is to ensure that pupils learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied. Bullying is anti-social behaviour and affects everyone; it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Only when all issues of bullying are addressed will pupils be able to fully benefit from the opportunities available at school.

Please be aware that bullying can also be perpetrated by staff and staff can be the victims of bullying.

The School’s teaching and ancillary staff must be alert to the signs of bullying and act promptly and firmly against it in accordance with school policy.


When there is ‘reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer significant harm’, it should be reported to the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board (01628 683234).

Staff must also be aware that external services may be needed to support the pupils involved or tackle any underlying issues which may have contributed to the bullying.

What is bullying?                                        

Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. Bullying can take many forms (for instance, cyber-bullying via text messages or the internet), and is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups, for example on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or because a child is adopted or has caring responsibilities. It might be motivated by actual differences between children, or perceived differences. Stopping violence and ensuring immediate physical safety is obviously a school’s first priority but emotional bullying can be more damaging than physical; teachers and schools have to make their own judgements about each specific case.

Many experts say that bullying involves an imbalance of power between the perpetrator and the victim. This could involve perpetrators of bullying having control over the relationship which makes it difficult for those they bully to defend themselves. The imbalance of power can manifest itself in several ways, it may be physical, psychological (knowing what upsets someone), derive from an intellectual imbalance, or by having access to the support of a group, or the capacity to socially isolate. It can result in the intimidation of a person or persons through the threat of violence or by isolating them either physically or online.


It is important that cyber-bullying is not only addressed in the safeguarding policy but also in the anti-bullying policy. The rapid development of, and widespread access to, technology has provided a new medium for ‘virtual’ bullying, which can occur in or outside school. Cyber-bullying is a different form of bullying and can happen at all times of the day, with a potentially bigger audience, and more accessories as people forward on content at a click.

“Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm others." Cyberbullying can involve Social Networking Sites, emails and mobile phones used for SMS messages and as cameras. In addition; it can be used to carry out all the different types of bullying; an extension of face-to-face bullying.  It can also go further in that it can invade home/personal space and can involve a greater number of people. It can take place across age groups and school staff and other adults can be targeted. It can draw bystanders into being accessories. It includes: threats and intimidation; harassment or ‘cyberstalking’; vilification/defamation; exclusion or peer rejection; impersonation; unauthorised publication of private information or images (‘happyslapping’); and manipulation.

All  pupils at Sunningdale receive education on cyber-bullying through our PSHE programme, tutor meetings, ICT lessons and visits from external speakers. Most recently, by Karl Hopwood in 2017. The resources were made available to the boys’ & parents.

The delivery of PSHE & ICT lessons are an important part of preventative strategy and will discuss keeping personal information safe and appropriate use of the internet.  It is desirable that the pupils will be involved in a response to cyberbullying. They will have a voice through the School Council.  Pupils will be educated about cyberbullying through a variety of means: chapel, evening prayers, tutor meetings, projects (ICT, PSHE, English) & anual Internet safety talks.

Pupils will sign an ‘Acceptable Use Policy’ before they are allowed to use school computer equipment and the internet in school and parents are encouraged to discuss its contents with their children, as well as signing the ‘Parent consent form’ (‘IT Acceptable use policy for boys’) .  

Parents will be provided with information and advice on e-safety and cyberbullying via literature & talks from external experts.  Pupils and staff will be involved in evaluating and improving policies and procedures via school council & staff meetings & questionnaires.

Ensure regular review and update of existing policies to include cyberbullying where appropriate. Sunningdale will keep good records of all cyberbullying incidents. Teachers will log any incidents on ISAMS & discuss with the Deputy Head.  

Publicise to all members of the school community the ways in which cyberbullying can be reported. Provide information for all students including reassurances about informing appropriate staff or parents about incidents they have witnessed. It is desirable to conduct an annual evaluation including a review of recorded cyberbullying incidents.

Staff will receive training in identifying cyberbullying and understanding their responsibilities in developing e-safety. The Head of IT may delegate this training to the Head of PSE or the IT department as appropriate. In this training all staff will be helped to keep up to date with the technologies that children are using.  

The Bursar is responsible for the active management of all school hardware, software and connectivity (Please see ‘IT Acceptable use for boys’ policy). The vigilance of teachers and parents also have an important part to play in the safeguarding and protection of pupils. Boys are not allowed to have mobile phones in their possession at school (‘see IT Acceptable use policy for boys’) so there is minimal risk of cyber-bullying from this perspective.

The IT department will use filtering, firewall, anti-spyware software, anti-virus software and secure connections to safeguard the pupils. Though electronic controls alone can never be 100% effective, and pupils should adhere to the ‘IT Acceptable Use’ policy.

For further information, refer to



Much bullying & cyber-bullying can be prevented through education. All staff should help to promote an ethos of mutual respect and good behaviour.The boys’ must understand the difference between right and wrong. Staff undergo internal training on bullying & the prevention & intervention strategies are reinforced at the beginning of each term.

All staff, and tutors in particular, must reinforce Sunningdale’s Six Qualities of

They should also refer to the rights and responsibilities of all pupils and staff at Sunningdale.

Anti-bullying & cyber-bullying forms an important part of PSHE. Outside speakers are involved to educate boys and parents about cyber-bullying. Parents are sent a copy of the ‘IT Acceptable use policy for boys’ & are made to sign the consent from. This is communicated to them by the Headmaster.

All staff must be aware of the different forms of bullying & cyber-bullying. Concerns must be raised as soon as anyone is aware of them & an incident report completed. This applies to incidents involving staff and pupils.

Information about bullying or cyber-bullying will be gathered through discussion with pupils and pupil questionnaires.


The following steps may be taken when dealing with bullying or cyber-bullying incidents:

Under the Children Act 1989 a bullying incident should be addressed as a child protection concern when there is ‘reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm’. Where this is the case, the member of staff should report the matter to the DSL as per Safeguarding policy.


Pupils who have been bullied will be supported by:

Pupils who have bullied will be helped by:

The following disciplinary steps can be taken:

Within the curriculum the school will raise the awareness of the nature of bullying through inclusion in form of tutor meetings , morning Chapel and subject areas, as appropriate, in an attempt to eradicate such behaviour.

For further information:

Please refer to : DfE publication Preventing and Tackling Bullying October 2014.

Monitoring, evaluation and review                                

Tutors play such an important role in identifying any bullying in school. Because of the incredibly strong relationship they have with their tutees, a huge amount of trust is established, which allows the boys’ to be confident in approaching them with any concerns they may have.

Following any incident, the tutors of both the victim(s) & perpetrator(s) will liaise with the Deputy Headmaster & Headmaster to continue to monitor the situation, as well as ensuring that all the children are supported.

The school will review this policy annually and assess its implementation and effectiveness. The policy will be promoted and implemented throughout the school.

Below is the Anti-Bullying Policy’ poster which is displayed around school.        


Bullying is: deliberately hurtful behaviour repeated over a period of time when it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves.

Cyberbullying is: the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm others."

Teasing, taking sides, name-calling and exclusion from a group can be very upsetting for the victim. Bullying is not always physical and it is important to understand how hurtful name-calling can be.

Any form of bullying is unacceptable. At Sunningdale every boy should have the opportunity to enjoy all aspects of his education without intimidation or interference. All members of the school community work together to reduce any incidences of bullying.  If anyone suspects or observes an incident of bullying it must be reported. All incidents of bullying are taken very seriously. Everyone should be aware of how their actions affect others.


You can tell anyone — and you can be sure that only those people who need to know, and who can do something to help will be informed. There will always be someone who will listen.

A Friend                                                Any of the Matrons

Your Tutor                                                Head Monitor

Your Parents                                                Child Line (0800 1111)

The School Doctor                                        Headmaster

Mrs Salome Laschinger (Independent Listener)        Any member of staff        

All reported cases will be investigated and positive action taken. The Headmaster will be informed about all reported cases of bullying.

Sunningdale School’s Anti Bullying Mission Statement

Our aims and objectives



Some Useful Agencies/Resources

Websites and resources that offer support guidance and strategies for children, young people, schools and parents/carers to prevent all forms of bullying:

Anti-Bullying Alliance 

This site offers information advice and resources on anti-bullying. It is intended to be a one stop shop where teachers can download assembly materials, lesson ideas and information including those for Anti-Bullying Week. The site brings information, advice and resources together from more than 65 of its members, which include charities Childline, Kidscape, Mencap and the Association of Teachers & Lecturers (ATL). It has a site called Hometown for children and young people about dealing with all forms of bullying:

Anti Bullying Network

An excellent Scottish Anti-Bullying site based at the University of Edinburgh dedicated to promoting a positive school ethos. It has advice for pupils, teachers, parents, on all aspects of bullying, including homophobic, racist and cyber and good case examples of schools in the region that have tried out various strategies to reduce bullying, organised under specific headings. Schools may find these useful for ideas and to adapt.

Anti Bullying 

Provides advice to parents whose children are subject to bullying, to spot the signs, listen to them carefully and praise their courage in wanting to deal with the situation. AboutKidsHealth A Canadian resource and website being developed at The Hospital for Sick Children, one of the largest paediatric teaching hospitals in the world. It has excellent resources on a number of topics related to children and young people’s emotional health, wellbeing and safety, including behaviour, bullying and a good section on cyberbullying.


A very successful charity that supports borough-based, youth-lead, anti-bullying campaigns. It works with young people and professionals and organises seminars, training courses and conferences. It has an accessible website for young people and schools. It also provides professionals with comprehensive antibullying toolkits.

British Youth Council

The BYC brings young people together to agree on issues of common and encourage them to bring about change through taking collective action.

Bullying Online This provides some useful information on a number of bullying behaviours and strategies to prevent bullying. It offers advice to parents and children. However there is no contact link or “about us” section so we do not really know who is behind the organisation or what they stand for.

BBC Bullying 

This provides links and resources explaining how to stop bullying.


This gives advice for young people and parents on using Internet Chatrooms safely.


Headliners are a UK-wide news agency producing news, features and comment by young people for everyone. It encourages young people to express their views through story, journalism, photos and images on all issues including bullying that affect them.

CEOP: (Child exploitation online protection) 

A government agency that is dedicated to promoting online safety for children who may be vulnerable to sexual exploitation in chat rooms. It works with a number of charities and police across the UK and has a website for secondary age pupils called ‘thinkuknow’.


This provides a 24 hour helpline for children and young people being bullied in the UK. Children and young people can call 0800 1111 to talk about any problem. It is a major charity that is now housed with NSPCC. It provides training in peer support for pupils and schools and has a range of publications and downloadable resources for children, parents and teachers.

Childnet International

This is a charity that aims to make the internet a safer place for children and is dedicated to internet safety. It is concerned to prevent abuse on the internet and cyber bullying. It has advice for children and parents and has some useful resources for teachers of ICT at key Stage 3 on internet safety. It is located in South London (Brockley).

Children’s Legal Centre

This has produced a very helpful document called ‘Bullying-a Guide to the Law’ which can be downloaded. This publication is an essential tool for parents whose children are being bullied and for professionals providing advice in this area. It advises on actions schools are required to take to prevent and deal with bullying effectively, as well as providing practical advice on what parents can do if a school fails to support their child.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

This has examples of anti-harassment policies and links for education establishments to websites that provide relevant information on racist aspects of bullying.


Kidscape is committed to keeping children safe from abuse. It is the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse it provides information, good resources and training for children and young people under the age of 16, their parents/carers. It offers a range of courses for professionals. It also provides courses in assertiveness training, ZAP, for children and young people and develops their confidence and skills to resist bullying and forms of abuse.


The NSPCC works tirelessly and promotes public campaigns to stop cruelty to children. There is advice on a number of issues related to bullying, child protection, and abuse. Kids Zone which contains details for their child protection helpline for young people who have problems at home or are being bullied.


Most of the websites listed above have books and resources that schools can order to extend their understanding of bullying and how to prevent it.  

Journeys Children and young people talking about bullying. This booklet, the first publication from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, tells the real stories of ten children and young people who have experience bullying. It also includes their tips for dealing with bullying and an endnote by Al Aynsley-Green, the Children’s Commissioner for England. Available at:  

Primary “A Volcano in my Tummy” written by Elaine Whitehouse and Warwick Pudney. The book begins with a little insight into anger itself as well as the “rules” of anger. Anger is okay. It’s okay to feel anger, to talk about anger, to express anger in an appropriate way. It’s not okay to hurt yourself and other people, animals or things when you are angry. This is an excellent practical resource with imaginative ideas for lessons to help children to manage and deal with the emotion of anger.

Updated AJL  13/11/2018

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