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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. Protective and Educational Consequences 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 in the County 'Steps' approach, 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.

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 prejudice, including 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 Oct - Today we are pleased to feature in the Cambridge Independent Newspaper with photos and an explanation about our positive mental health curriculum.

19th Oct - We had a great whole school RE day today building up our school journey of 'Understanding Christianity'. Our youngest children learnt about what makes us special and how Jesus is special to Christians. Our older children looked into the topic of what is the 'Good News' of the gospel.

16th Oct - Today, our pupils showcased their positive mental health work as a press photographer visited our school to take socially distanced pictures for the newspaper.

15th Oct - THANK YOU! to the parents who have donated slabs (and the time and effort to install them) to make entry to the school gate less muddy!

13th Oct - Despite to power cut, thank you to everyone who is joining us for the virtual Parents' Evening tonight!

12th Oct - Thanks to Pine class, we will now have on display posters to promote positive thinking including word-web phrases and images. They explored what 'Positive Thinking' means and how we can be more positive in our lives and with other people.

9th Oct - The virtual governor visit today was an opportunity to celebrate all the work we have done this week in conjunction with the YMCA and our cluster schools. Please do ask the children about what they have learnt and how together, we are all promoting positive mental health.

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