Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises ten Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.
We encourage children to let us know promptly when another child upsets them in any way.
All children have a responsibility to tell us if they know that anyone is saying or doing anything to upset another child. If your child tells you that anyone in school is making them unhappy in any way, please let us know immediately. The issue can usually be resolved quickly.
All cases of alleged unkindness or bullying are investigated by staff. In cases where any child causes persistent or serious distress to another child, the parents of both children will be contacted and asked to come and discuss the issue with us. There is always a reason why a child decides to upset or hurt others and both children concerned may need support to prevent any recurrence.
We are very aware that any child, who is worrying about what another child has (or may) say or do, is probably distracted from his/her learning. It is important that any issue is resolved as soon as possible.
We use the following definition of bullying:
- Bullying is a deliberately hurtful act, which is repeated over a period of time.
- It causes pain and distress to the victim, and is an abuse of power where the bully thinks he or she is in control and the victim feels powerless.
- It can range from physical violence to verbal abuse and exclusion from social groups.
- It also includes abusive texts, emails or nasty notes posted on websites.