Stage Academy has a zero-tolerance attitude towards bullying and harassment. We strive to create a safe and welcoming space for children to express their creativity and personality free from judgement, hatred or intolerance. Bullying and harassment can have a profound effect on the victim's lives affecting them emotionally, physically, academically and socially. For these reasons, bullying and harassment will never be tolerated by Stage Academy
Everyone has a part to play in preventing bullying at Stage Academy, the principal, teachers, support staff, student and parents. This means that as soon as anyone becomes aware of any form of bullying taking place they should bring it to our attention straight away confident in the knowledge that we will take swift, fair and effective action.
Stage Academy has a responsibility to respond to bullying that takes place at its activities and while bullying outside of Stage Academy may be out of our control we will always provide help, support and a listening ear to students who need it, it's just part of who we are!
The bottom line is that bullying and harassment are not welcome at Stage Academy.
What is bullying?
There is no legal definition of bullying.
However, it’s usually defined as behaviour that is:
- intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
- often aimed at certain groups, for example because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation
It takes many forms and can include:
- physical assault
- making threats
- name calling
- cyberbullying - bullying via mobile phone or online (for example email, social networks and instant messenger)
Signs and Symptoms
No single sign will indicate for certain that your child's being bullied, but watch out for:
- belongings getting 'lost' or damaged
- physical injuries, such as unexplained bruises
- being afraid to go to school, being mysteriously 'ill' each morning, or skipping school
- not doing as well at school
- asking for, or stealing, money (to give to whoever's bullying them)
- being nervous, losing confidence, or becoming distressed and withdrawn
- problems with eating or sleeping
- bullying others.
Children who are bullied:
- may develop mental health problems like depression and anxiety
- have fewer friendships
- aren't accepted by their peers
- are wary and suspicious of others
- have problems adjusting to school, and don't do as well.
When responding to incidents or allegations of bullying Stage Academy staff will:
- listen to all the children involved to establish what has happened
- record details of the incident and any actions you've taken
- inform our nominated child protection lead (Andrew Howson - Principal)
- inform parents and carers (unless doing so would put a child at further risk of harm)
- provide support to the child/children being bullied, children who witnessed the bullying and the child/children who has been accused of bullying
- ask the child/children who have been bullied what they would like to happen next
- consider appropriate sanctions for children that have carried out bullying
- continue to monitor the situation even if the situation has been resolved
Stage Academy will not tolerate bullying of any kind. Anyone found to not be following the Stage Academy Promises will be excluded from Stage Academy activities. Please note that in the case of exclusion due to a breach of the Stage Academy Promises, refunds will not be given.
Stage Academy Promises
The Stage Academy Promises are our code of conduct. It outlines what we expect from our students and our parents as well as what our students and parents can expect from us. All parents and students should read and follow the Stage Academy Promises, they are essential to creating a safe, welcoming and fun environment for everyone at Stage Academy.