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Maple Tree's definition of Bullying

Bullying is when someone or a group of people keep picking on you, and try to hurt you physically or emotionally.  This may include sexist, homophobic or racist comments. If this happens online it is known as cyber-bullying. We teach the children S.T.O.P (Several Times On Purpose).

Forms of Bullying:

  • Using offensive names when addressing another person
  • Teasing or spreading rumours about another person or his/her family
  • Belittling another person’s abilities and achievements
  • Writing offensive notes or graffiti about another person
  • Demands for money or possessions
  • Interfering with, damaging, removing/stealing or hiding belongings of others.
  • Excluding or isolating someone on purpose from a group or activity
  • Physical violence such as hitting, pushing or spitting at another person
  • Ridiculing another person’s appearance, way of speaking or personal mannerisms.
  • Verbal abuse
  • Misusing technology to hurt or humiliate another person

Procedures for dealing with incidents of bullying behaviour:

  • Immediate intervention - set in motion agreed anti-bullying procedures.
  • Steps taken to support and respond to the needs of both bullied and bullying pupils.
  • Fill in the ‘Bullying and Prejudice’ incident form. Central records kept.
  • Contacting parents/carers of all pupils concerned in the bullying incident.
  • Investigation.
  • Feedback to those concerned.
  • Sanctions where appropriate.   In serious cases may include exclusion.
  • Contacting relevant professionals eg. School counsellor/Police

For further information on bullying and how to support your child you can look on the parents pages of the Anti - bullying alliance at  or from the CBBC website     

Information about cyber bullying can be found from the alliance.

Please see our Anti-Bullying Assembly below to see how we are marking anti-bullying week in 2021.