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Behaviour

Our school rules are discussed and agreed with all staff and pupils annually.

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Our School Rules
  • We are kind - we don't hurt other people's feelings
  • We are honest - we don't cover up the truth
  • We listen carefully - we don't interrupt
  • We are gentle - we don't hurt others
  • We work hard - we don't waste our own or other people's time
  • We look after property - we don't damage things
Our Code of Conduct
  • Pupils should behave in such a manner that they cause no harm or damage to property nor harm the reputation of the school.
  • All pupils should be smart in appearance and appropriately dressed for all school activities.
  • Pupils should listen carefully to teachers, and speak to them and to others politely and with respect.
  • Pupils should work quietly and sensibly in class, not distract or annoy others, and show courtesy and consideration at all times.
  • No bullying of any kind will be tolerated.
  • Pupils should move calmly and quietly about the school.
  • Pupils should take care of the school buildings and surroundings.
  • Pupils must not leave the premises during the school day without permission.
About our Behaviour Policy

At Petersfield we are very proud of our pupil's behaviour and their embodiment of our Christian ethos.

We seek to encourage pupils, staff and visitors to develop a caring and responsible attitude and to recognise the consequences of their own actions and decisions. We encourage pupils to develop Christian values, placing a strong emphasis on learning the difference between right and wrong.

Good behaviour is encouraged through positive relationships, understanding children's needs, good teaching and an engaging curriculum. We use various additional strategies where appropriate.

Our aim is to establish clear objectives and strategies that promote the positive ethos of the school and encourage the right conditions for teaching and learning, enabling all children to succeed in a happy and safe environment.

Effective behaviour management can only be achieved by a collective and consistent approach by all members of staff, who must embody the school values themselves, modelling their implementation to the pupils. It is they who determine the environment in which good staff and pupil relationships can develop. Staff will show empathy and differentiate their approach to children according to their needs.

We want children to be thoughtful, respectful and kind for its own sake, not for a reward. However, we do recognise and encourage special effort, success and kindness in a variety of ways. Restorative approaches are our main strategy for dealing with negative behaviour, helping children to understand the consequences of their behaviour and its impact on others. Sanctions are used to help modify behaviour and to keep the school safe.

In response to a whole school focus on behaviour including training for all staff during the November INSET day, our Promoting, Celebrating and Managing behaviour, discipline and conduct at Petersfield Policy has been drafted to include our:

  • Behaviour policy
  • Visitor Behaviour Policy
  • Anti bullying policy
  • Anti racism policy
  • Physical restraint policy

High priority is given to clear communication within the school and to positive partnerships with parents. Our expectations are made clear in our Home School Agreement and in all contact with parents. Where the behaviour of a child is giving cause for concern it is important that all those working with the child are aware of those concerns and of the steps which are being taken in response. The class teacher is responsible for establishing and maintaining contact with parents of children whose behaviour is a cause for concern, with the involvement of the Senior Leadership Team where appropriate.

At Petersfield, we use a Weather Behaviour Chart to recognise the vast majority of our pupils who always demonstrate good behaviour and to support some pupils in demonstrating good behaviour. The behaviour policy outlines the clear staged approach to classroom behaviour management and identifies how we recognise achievement.

There are 3 Houses at Petersfield Primary School: blue, yellow and green. When children start school, they are allocated a House team. Pupils are awarded 'Team Points' for good behaviour and excellent learning. Each reward in a book (e.g. sticker or 'TP') earns a team point. Adults may also give team points for excellence around the school.

Our focus on the 'Growth Mindset' and the 'Learning Pit' encourages pupils to persist with determination when a maths problem or science experiment poses a tricky conundrum to solve.

Our Visitor Behaviour Policy aims to ensure, as far as we reasonably can, the safety of our pupils, staff and visitors (including parents) that have contact with the public. It is important that anyone on the school site is treated fairly, without experiencing unreasonable behaviour or discrimination.

Whilst incidents of bullying are rare, our Anti-bullying policy sets out our aims to develop a school ethos in which bullying is regarded as unacceptable and how we deal effectively with any incidents which do occur.

Again, whilst incidents of racism are very rare at Petersfield, racism is not tolerated in our school under any circumstances. We aim to provide a curriculum which emphasises the positive aspects of all cultures, to make our school a safe and welcoming place for all its members and to provide an environment in which racist assumptions, attitudes and behaviour are continually challenged.

The vast majority of children and young people demonstrate behaviour that is perceived as both appropriate and good. However, there are a minority of children who exhibit challenging behaviour. Our physical restraint policy sets out our expectation that Petersfield is committed to ensuring that all our staff and adults with responsibility for pupil's safety and welfare will deal professionally with all behavioural incidents and only use physical intervention as a last resort in line with DCSF and Cambridgeshire County Council's guidance.

View Our Behaviour Policy and Leaflet

Latest News

21st Feb - We were delighted to welcome a member of the Ely Diocese team into school today as we again embark on Bishop Stephen's Lent Challenge.

19th Feb - Welcome back to school, open today for spring half term 2, to pupils, parents and visitors.

9th Feb - School is now closed for half term. We look forward to welcoming pupils, parents and visitors back to school on Monday 19th February. Happy Half Term!

9th Feb - Our Headteachers' Awards Collective Worship yet again showcased the talents of our pupils both with the live music and the awards to celebrate learning.

9th Feb - Congratulations to our Holland's cup winner today, who was awarded this because of her increased confidence to try out playing new pieces of music on the piano.

7th Feb - Thanks to the Post Office staff in Orwell who enabled Ash class to purchase their stamps as part of their project work.

6th Feb - Safer Internet Day. Pine class reported that 'In class, we thought about and discussed what emotions we'd feel if different things happened to us online and we created a 'wanted' poster for a good online friend.' Please do see the website for more information about staying safe online.

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