Any behaviour which results in any member of the college community being made to feel uncomfortable either physically, mentally or emotionally is potentially bullying behaviour.
Sometimes this is conscious and deliberate, and it is clear that there is a ‘bully’ and a‘victim’. At other times a ‘victim’ will feel bullied without there being the clear intention to hurt that victim from the ‘bully’. Such instances are common, and at Hope Valley College we believe the effect of such behaviour is equally as important as the intention behind it.
Our approach is therefore centred around how the ‘victim’ feels, with the intention always to improve college for them. It recognises that we are all different and that similar behaviours may impact on others in very different ways. It is underpinned by the need for everyone to show empathy for others in order to be able to avoid behaviour that makes others feel ‘bullied’.
We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our students so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Behaviour of any kind that causes students to feel bullied is unacceptable at the College.  If such behaviour does occur we will investigate it.
All members of the College community should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.  We aim to be a TELLING school by expecting anyone who knows that bullying is happening to tell someone who is in a position to deal with the situation. Bystanders have a responsibility for the emotional and physical welfare of the whole community.
Our Anti-Bullying Policy is detailed in Appendix B of our Good Behaviour Policy:
Persistent bullying will be dealt with using appropriate sanctions under our Good Behaviour Policy: