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13 September 2019
Dear Member of Staff
Those of you who were here at the end of the last Academic Year will recall that I wrote to you on the 15th July
regarding a whistleblower report that alleged a culture of bullying within Steiner Academy Bristol. I also provided
you all with an update on Friday 6th September at the close of the training week. The purpose of this letter is to
give you the final details on how I propose to deal with this.
The prevention of Staff Bullying and Harassment Policy defines harassment as:
“Unwanted, unreasonable and/or offensive behaviour which adversely affects a person’s dignity and well-being
and which can create an intimidating, hostile, or humiliating environment adversely impacting on the individual.”
Bullying is defined as:
“A form of harassment. It is a range of repeated, undermining behaviours (actions, comments and/or physical
contact) usually vindictive, with the purpose of controlling individuals and making them unhappy, unsure and
insecure in their relationships and role.
The whistleblower was non-specific regarding any incidents that could be formally investigated and the concerns
raised may well have related, at least in part, to the circumstances and stresses of a school in Special Measures.
That said, if there is a problem then we need to address it now. I therefore want to offer you two separate routes
for raising any concerns.
1. Specific Concerns or Incidents
If there is something specific that you would like to report – either current or historic - that would fall under
either of the two definitions above, then please email Steve Cox. Please either provide the details in the
email or arrange with Steve to meet and discuss them. We will need enough factual information in order to
be able to investigate.
2. General Concerns
If you believe that there is a culture of bullying within SAB but don’t have a specific incident that you wish to
report, then I would like you to meet with me on a confidential basis to discuss your concerns. I will be in
school all day on 24th September and you can make an appointment by texting me on my mobile phone,
All written reports should be in to Steve by Friday 27th September. Steve and I will then consider what, if
anything, has been reported and what action needs to be taken as a result. If changes do need to be made, then
we will make a report to the AMC together with our recommendations. I will then report back to you on the
results of the process.
Having spoken so much last week about turning a new page and wanting to focus on the future, this is not the
way I would have wanted to get the new academic year off the ground. However, if there is a problem then we
need to sort it out before we can move on. Equally, if there is not, then at least the air will have been cleared,
once and for all, and we can concentrate on making SAB a success as part of the new Avanti Family.
With best wishes for the coming year