Anti-bullying policy and complaints procedures
In line with all other schools we have drawn up an anti-bullying policy and a complaints procedure. It goes without saying that no form of anti-social behavior will be tolerated at the Vassiliev Academy of Classical Ballet. We enjoy a civilized atmosphere in the Vassiliev Academy and anyone found to be spoiling this through their unreasonable behavior to others can expect to be treated most severely.
Anti-Bullying Policy Aims
We wish to make it clear to all students and staff bullying is always unacceptable.
We are trying to establish an environment free from threats of any kind and from any source.
We want to allow all members of our community the opportunity to develop their skills and abilities, to be happy and to feel secure.
We want all members of our community to have confidence that, if they are bullied, their complaints will be received sympathetically, investigated promptly, and treated in a sensitive manner which respects confidentiality.
Bullying involves a deliberate and hurtful act of intimidation, humiliation or malice carried out by a person or group in a strong position against a person or group in a weaker position. It usually, but not always, involves repetition rather than a single isolated incident. It can be overt (e.g. name calling) or covert (e.g. ignoring somebody).
The three main types of bullying are:
Physical hitting, kicking, biting, pinching, taking or hiding property
Verbal name calling, teasing, insulting, writing nasty notes
Emotional excluding, isolating, tormenting, spreading rumors
Any behavior which makes you feel insulted, intimidated or hurt or which is intended to do these things, is bullying. It can include the following:
The abuse of power by those in authority
Deliberately ignoring somebody and encouraging others to do the same
Any form of violence e.g. hitting, kicking, pushing, spitting, pinching etc.
Sending nasty messages in order to upset somebody e.g. by phone, note or e-mail
Saying nasty things which are to do with race, color, religion, appearance or sexual preference
Threatening violence or unkindness to somebody
Spreading nasty rumors or circulating sensitive information.
Damaging somebody’s property
Taking or ‘borrowing’ somebody’s property or food by extortion or otherwise.
When an allegation of bullying reaches a member of staff they will record it in writing, as soon as possible and certainly on the same day, and bring this report to the Vassiliev Academy secretary.
The Director will co-ordinate an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the complaint.
If the complaint regards a group, every effort will be made to prevent collusion during the investigation.
It is our intention to try, in the first case, to resolve such issues by getting all the parties together, to discuss the events and their causes and to seek reconciliation.
Details of any applied will be sent to parents in a letter informing them of the circumstances of the bullying incident and warning them of the consequences which might follow any further similar incidents.
Should the sanctions involve suspension or exclusion they will be dealt with in accordance with the Vassiliev Academy ‘Policy on Suspension and Exclusion’s
Signs & Symptoms of Bullying
Be aware of any changes in the general demeanor of people for whom you are responsible, changes which may suggest they are being bullied include:
Changes in behavior patterns
They become withdrawn
They are easily upset
They cry easily; particularly at night
They say, regularly, that they have lost books or clothes
They start bullying other children