St. Mary's


Actions not words

St. Mary’s Catholic Academy has signed up to the #BlackpoolBeatingBullying campaign. This campaign was setup by young people, for young people, with the overall aim of reducing bullying that unfortunately may sometimes occur in Blackpool schools.

This page highlights the schools response in line with the #BlackpoolBeatingBullying campaign.

It outlines the following:

  • The St. Mary’s Way and our values
  • Our S.T.O.P acronym and a definition of Bullying
  • Where to find out Anti Bullying Policy
  • What can you do if you see bullying taking place? 
  • Information on the Resilience Revolution
  • The Resilience Framework
  • Where to go and who to talk to
  • Our upcoming events related to Anti Bullying
  • Our PSHE curriculum which educates the students on the issues related to Bullying
  • Our Student Support area of our website
  • External useful websites.

Our St. Mary's way

Look at the values that form the St. Mary’s Way.

Which values do you think are important to ensure bullying does not take place?

Why are these values important?

  • Our founder Cornelia Connelly used the phrase ‘Actions, not words’.
  • Meaning it was all too easy to say you are going to do something positive or make a change, rather than to actually do it.
  • She wanted people to get up and put those positive words into real life actions. Actually go and do something about it.
  • Anti Bullying at St. Mary’s needs people to take action. It needs us all to take responsibility over own behaviour. To ensure that we actively look to behave in the right way and treat all human life with love and respect.
St Mary's Way Logo
Sister Cornelia Connelly

What is bullying?

Behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally

The Academy has adopted, in collaboration with the student council, the acronym, S.T.O.P: Several Times OPurpose To help all members of the community remember our definition for bullying.

Bullying can be: 

  • Emotional being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
  • Physical pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
  • Racist racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
  • Sexual unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments or focussing on sexuality
  • Verbal name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing 
  • Cyber All areas of internet usage, such as email & internet chat room misuse Mobile threats by text messaging & calls Misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera & video facilities

what can you do if you see bullying taking place?

we are a telling school
  • You can click on our ‘Raise a concern’ link at the top of our website  (also listed below).
  • You can speak to any teacher in the Academy.
  • You can report the incident to your Form Tutor/Pastoral Manager/Head of Year.
  • Let your parents know, so they can inform the Academy.

What is the resilience revolution?

The Resilience Revolution is a whole town approach to addressing the mental health needs of children and young people in Blackpool.  We are doing this by building a social movement; one that supports individuals to overcome challenges and develop their resilience (by taking steps or actions that we call ‘Resilient Moves’), and through tackling structural inequalities that impact on people’s lives (taking action alongside the community to level out the playing field).

We call this;
“Beating the odds whilst also changing the odds”

Where should you go if you are upset or need someone to talk to?

  • You should find a member of staff in the school to help you.#
  • The main school office is always staffed. So make sure you go there if you cannot find any members of staff.
  • Duty staff are positioned around the Academy before, during and after school.
  • You have regular daily contact with your Form Tutor during registration time.
  • You can email your Form Tutor or Head of Year.
  • Your Pastoral Managers do not teach, so they may be more available than teaching members of staff.

Why is this important?

  • Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulties.
  • To develop your resilience it is believed you need key ingredients in your life. These have been listed on the previous slide in the five coloured areas.
  • The more of these key ingredients you have in your life, the quicker you should be able to recover from any difficulties you face in your life.

Our Anti-bullying events

  • Year 7 all begin their ICT subject by completing the first module on “Keeping Safe Online”. 
  • PSHE designated lessons:
    1. Self Concept – understanding who you are
    2. Healthy lifestyles
    3. Managing risks and safety
    4. Positive relationships
    5. Forming & Maintaining respectful relationships
    6. Bullying, abuse and discrimination
    7. Social influences 

All of the above topics are delivered in an age appropriate way firstly at Key Stage 3 and then re taught in an age appropriate way at Key Stage 4.

Useful websites to look at