Anti bullying

What is bullying?

Bournside students have chosen to adopt the Anti-Bullying Alliance definition of bullying which is:

the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace.

A useful mnemonic for identifying bullying is ‘STOP‘ – Several Times On Purpose.

Bournside is a school that is fundamentally opposed to all forms of bullying. In October 2018, Bournside attained the bronze anti-bullying quality mark by ABQM-UK (Anti-Bullying Quality Mark-UK) – the first secondary school in Gloucestershire to gain this recognition. The Anti-Bullying Quality Mark is a national scheme which shows how good schools are at preventing bullying. It challenges schools to set up effective and sustainable anti-bullying policies and strategies and make them part of their everyday life. The school is now actively working towards attaining the silver award.

The key contacts for anti-bullying work at Bournside are:

The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

Bournside uses a variety of strategies to help investigate and respond to the rare incidents of bullying than happen at the school, one of which is the student-led Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme.

The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors (ABAs) are student ambassadors in years 10, 11 and Sixth Form who are trained to support students who are unfortunate enough to encounter any rare incidents of bullying at Bournside. An ABA can be a person who will listen, offer advice or even be somebody to offer a voice for students who may not be confident enough to report a problem. They do not replace the teacher and will always encourage students to tell an adult.

ABAs visit tutor groups in years 7, 8 and 9, once every two weeks during tutor time and are visible during student social time via their ABA badge. They also have a Student Frog page that gives students advice, opportunity to send a referral of concern and keeps students up to date with current anti-bullying events at the school.

Younger pupils value and respect the anti-bullying ambassadors.
Ofsted 2016

Anti-Bullying Week

Each year we participate in the national Anti-Bullying Week and have a range of activities for students to raise awareness, and to think about being kind to each other.
Activities for the students include:

  • Stand-up selfie
    Students take a selfie on their own or with a group, to make their pledge for anti-bullying at Bournside. Pictures will be taken against the national Anti-Bullying Week logo. All images taken will then be uploaded onto the school’s anti-bullying page for students to view.
  • Ambassadors club
    A quiet space run by the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors where students can learn more about the ABAs or come and get some advice regarding any bullying-related concerns. Alternatively, they can come and relax in a quiet space and try some challenges and watch some of the anti-bullying videos the team have prepared.
  • Parachute club
    A fun, active session involving the giant multi-coloured parachute. The aim is for students to see that we are all the same. The students involved will have to run under the parachute depending on the criteria that is shouted by the leader of the activity.
  • ‘Power for good’
    A series of games and activities based on the theme, ‘power for good’, that students can have a go at in the sports hall.
  • Fancy dress parade
    Sixth Form students come to school in fancy dress for a day.
  • Year 7 students create and sign an anti-bullying pledge brick.
    An anti-bullying T-shirt design competition, with the winner having their T-shirt made.
  • A short story/poem competition: theme ‘stand up to bullying’.

Contacting the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

If you need to contact the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors at any time you can email them at

Reporting bullying

Students are encouraged to report any incidences of bullying either directly to a member of staff, through the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors or using the ABA email address. Most students find it easier to speak first with their tutors.

Parents or carers can report incidences of bullying directly. The tutor should be the first point of contact. Staff contact details are on the website.

Steering group

In December 2017, an anti-bullying steering group was formed. The remit of this group is to:

  • Evaluate the school’s current anti-bullying provision
  • Contribute to the annual revision of the school’s anti-bullying policy

The group consists of parents, pupils, staff and the anti-bullying link governor. It meets three times a year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Recently the parent forum met to discuss the school’s anti-bullying work and helped to devise a list of frequently asked questions, which may support parents and carers.