“Pupils enjoy lessons and are proud of their school. They say how safe and well cared for they feel.”
“Behaviour is good. Pupils are especially welcoming to visitors and supportive of each other.”
“Pupils go out of their way to include one another in friendship groups, school visits and activities, so that no one feels left out. School councillors and ‘befrienders’ are particularly active in making sure that pupils in all years feel safe and confident in their lessons.”
(Ofsted : April 2015)
Our Behaviour Policy is founded on a Code of Conduct that states that we should be calm, respectful, caring, tolerant and supportive of one another underpinned by a system of rules, rewards and sanctions.
Good behaviour is the joint responsibility of each member of the school community and depends upon a successful partnership between pupils, parents, teaching and support staff, governors and the Local Authority. Behaviour and attitude is monitored in lessons using ‘Class Charts’ (which is available to parents on-line) and during unstructured time. Our goal is to create an orderly community in which effective learning can take place, in which there is mutual respect between all members and where there is proper concern for the environment.
Rules describe what the pupils should ‘do’. They are positive, where possible, kept to a minimum, enforceable, reasonable, clear and consistently applied. Key rules are explained to pupils at the start of each year and are displayed in classrooms.
Parents are encouraged to regularly view their child’s positive and negative behaviour points on ‘Class Charts’ and discuss what the child can do to further improve their behaviour for learning.
Rewards for academic and non-academic achievements, for individuals and groups, including contact with parents, are used to promote good behaviour. Emphasis is placed on the use of encouragement and praise rather than negative criticism. We have a comprehensive and rigorous points system where pupils are rewarded for `doing the right thing’ and `going the extra mile’. Housepoints are converted into `Burtons’ a type of school currency, which can be exchanged for snacks and drinks at morning break-times or stationery.
Despite the emphasis on the positive, sanctions are also sometimes necessary. They are clearly defined, fairly and consistently applied and enforceable. In all disciplinary actions, it is important that the pupil understands fully that it is the behaviour that is not acceptable rather than it being the pupil as a person. Negative behaviours are recorded on ‘Class Charts’, with negative points being awarded alongside any positive points accrued’.
We have a zero tolerance policy on bullying. Surveys and inspections show that there is relatively little bullying at our school, but it will occur from time to time, as happens elsewhere. Bullying, or repeated behaviour which intentionally hurts or harms, is an insidious social problem found in many occupations and walks of life. If it is reported in school, we always deal with it as swiftly and effectively as possible.
Parents can help by encouraging children to report bullying, either directly to staff or to parents, in the knowledge that matters will not be taken out of their hands but that the matter will be properly and fairly investigated and that school and parents will work together to ensure that there is no continuation or retribution.
School can help by recognising the problem and acting with speed and sensitivity. The structure of daily routines and effective supervision reduce the potential for bullying to occur. We also work hard through the curriculum and in assemblies to create a positive climate and an anti-bullying culture where bullying is unlikely to take place because the children themselves recognise that this is unacceptable and anti-social behaviour.
Parents of bullies and pupils who are bullied are contacted in the case of serious or repeated bullying. The Behaviour Policy and the Anti-Bullying Policy can be viewed on the website. Copies are available on request.