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    Oakgrove School is a centre of educational excellence, committed to providing the best educational experience for every student. Each member of the Oakgrove School community has the right to feel safe and secure at school, and shares the responsibility for helping to prevent bullying.

    Bullying affects everyone, not just the bullies and the victims. It also affects those who watch, and less aggressive students can be drawn in by peer pressure. Bullying is not an inevitable part of school life or a necessary part of growing up, and it rarely sorts itself out. Only when all issues of bullying are addressed, will a child be best able to benefit from the opportunities available at Oakgrove School.

    We are aware that nationally SEN, disabled, lesbian, gay or transgender students suffer disproportionately in terms of bullying issues. All staff have undertaken lesbian, gay and transgender bullying training and all forms of homophobic bullying are addressed with students through our values and ethics/PSHE and assemblies programme. Bullying does not have defined boundaries and can be experienced in many environments, e.g. home, school, social media, the workplace. Whilst the school will act in accordance with the principles and guidance laid down in this policy to
    address bullying within the school, it is not responsible for issues outside of school hours (especially on social media platforms) where the responsibility lies with parent/carers and the relevant authorities.

    Oakgrove school is committed to anti-bullying. In the first instance, please contact your son/daughter’s Classroom teacher / Key Stage Leader (at the Nursery and Primary School), the Form Tutor or Learning Co-ordinator (at the Secondary School) to report any concerns. We have installed and uphold a culture of students reporting any bullying incidents which will be dealt with quickly and effectively.