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Children come to school to learn and develop as individuals; any behaviour by another that stops this happening is unacceptable.
Good behaviour is expected from all the children in our school. Care, consideration, politeness, co-operation, tolerance and mutual respect are the qualities that we seek to encourage and develop. Our school rules are simple and clear and all children are expected to comply with them.
1. Respect other people and their belongings.
2. Always do your best and let others do their best.
3. Follow instructions the first time.
4. Keep your hands and your feet to yourself
5. Help take care of our school so that everyone can enjoy being here.
We believe that children need to take responsibility for their actions. Our discipline policy reflects this, placing a large emphasis on rewarding appropriate work and behaviour. Wherever possible we will involve parents in the reward process by sending home certificates or telephoning parents to let them know when their child has been particularly successful.
Whilst praise and rewards will be sufficient for the vast majority of children, occasions will arise where sanctions need to be used as a consequence of unacceptable behaviour. Initially children are given a gentle reminder of acceptable behaviour and are given an opportunity to make better choices in addition to other positive behaviour management strategies.
If there is no change a verbal warning is given and this is usually enough to improve the situation. However if the unacceptable behaviour persists, children may be given a yellow card meaning a ten minute ‘time out’ from class or play. If the unacceptable behaviour further continues or the behaviour is sufficiently serious, a red card is given and the child sent to another class for one lesson or is sent in for the rest of the playtime. If a child receives a red card parents are informed by letter the same day. If three red cards are given in in one term, a meeting will be arranged between parents, the class teacher and the Head of School.
In extreme circumstances, for example if a child becomes a danger to themselves or others or if they persistently disrupt the education of other children we would have no hesitation in taking further measures over and above our normal behaviour policy. Such measures may include exclusion, temporary or permanent, for part or all of the school day.
We consider bullying to be repeated behaviour that makes others feel uncomfortable, threatened or distressed. This can be physical, verbal or emotional. Whilst occurrences in our school are extremely rare they are dealt with firmly, quickly and sensitively. The exact response would, of course, depend on the nature of the bullying however in all circumstance parents of the children concerned would be notified and the situation carefully monitored.
For a full copy of all our Policy documents, including the Behaviour Discipline and Home-School Agreement Policy, please click here