At Aldermoor Farm we have high expectations of every child. We provide them with a safe and nurturing environment, exceptional opportunities and education that inspires every child to flourish into confident, successful and well-rounded learners who will thrive in a changing world.
A statement of behaviour principles written by Governors is required by all maintained schools. These principles guide our Behaviour Policy and procedures at Aldermoor Farm Primary School.
This is a statement of principles, not practice. Practical applications of these principles are the responsibility of the Headteacher.
The purpose of this statement is to give guidance to the Headteacher in drawing up policy by stating the principles the Governors expect to be followed. The Headteacher has a duty to publish the statement on the school website.
The Headteacher will develop any policy with these principles in mind and ensure that reference is made to any relevant DfE guidance that may be available at the time.
At Aldermoor Farm we believe that everyone has the right to feel safe, the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and the right to be able to learn and work to the best of their ability.
Everyone involved with the school community shares the responsibility to uphold these rights.
We are an inclusive school. Bullying or harassment of any description is unacceptable. All members of the school community should be free from discrimination of any sort.
Adults play a vital role in providing positive role models for the children. It is essential that adults are kind, consistent and fair and always praise appropriate behaviour encouraging respect for others and school property. In turn this promotes a sense of pride and belonging in our community.
Children will respect each other and take responsibility for their own behaviour.
Children should conduct themselves sensibly at all times in and around the school and be good ambassadors when off-site.
We believe children should be given opportunities and openly encouraged to support each other in the process of positive reinforcement and personal growth, learning and recognising good behaviour.
Governors would like to see a range of rewards, consistently and fairly applied in such a way as to encourage and reward good behaviour around school.
Sanctions for unacceptable/poor behaviour should be known and understood by all staff and pupils, consistently applied and regularly monitored to ensure effective impact.
It is recognised that the use of rewards and sanctions must have regard to the individual situation and the individual student and the Headteacher is expected to use discretion in their use. Sanctions should however be applied fairly, consistently, proportionally and reasonably, taking into account special educational needs and disability and the needs of vulnerable children.
The Governors strongly feel that exclusions, particularly those that are permanent, must only be used as the very last resort.
We believe the way forward is to work with parents and carers to encourage good behaviour. However, clear procedures are essential if good behaviour breaks down.
The Governors wish to emphasise that violence, threatening behaviour or abuse by pupils or parents/carers towards the school’s staff will not be tolerated. If a parent/carer does not conduct himself/herself properly, the school may ban them from the school premises and, if the parent continues to cause disturbance, he or she may be liable to prosecution.
The Governors expect the Headteacher to include guidance and clarification for staff on their powers to search (for banned items), to use of reasonable force (make physical contact with children), and to discipline pupils for misbehaviour outside school (including notifying the police) witnessed by a member of staff or reported to school when:
- Taking part in any school organised or school-related activity, or
- Travelling to and from school, or
- Wearing school uniform, or
- In some other way identifiable as a pupil at the school
Or, misbehaviour at any time, whether or not the conditions above apply, that
- Could have repercussions on the orderly running of the school, or
- Poses a threat to another pupil or member of the public, or
- Could adversely affect the reputation of the school.
The Governors believe children should be at the heart of the development of school rules and these should be regularly reviewed with the involvement of the School Council and in consultation with staff and parents/carers.