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Bullying is making someone feel unhappy by causing physical and/or emotional pain resulting in the need to avoid a place or person(s).  Bullying is intentional, deliberate and repetitive and is a wilful act to diminish one person to the advantage of another.  Bullying is a conscious abuse of power.

Gillott’s Partnership of Schools, Oxfordshire, 1998.

Definition of Bullying

Bullying is not a one off incident. It is defined as repeated behaviour which makes other people feel uncomfortable or threatened, whether this is intended or not.  (DfE, Preventing and tackling bullying). 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.

Students Rights in Conjunction with Bullying

BGN students have the right to:

  • be able to tell a teacher about any incident without fear or being regarded as a tell tale,
  • know that all complaints will be taken seriously and acted upon,
  • feel safe and secure
  • be respected by others regardless of their race, colour, creed, gender or sexual orientation


At BGN we care for both victim and bully.  We will reassure students and offer continuous support for the victim and work to teach the bully that their actions are wrong.

Actions that will be taken against the bully

  • the bully will be given a warning
  • detentions may be put in place
  • students may be externally excluded for break and lunch
  • minor fixed-term exclusion
  • major fixed-term exclusion
  • permanent exclusion

Please see our Anti-Bullying policy below.   If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us on 01295 264216.