Behaviour / Anti-Bullying

By working at or attending West Ashton Church of England (Aided) Primary School staff, governors, parents and children aim to discover, achieve and pray together. We do this by combining our historic Christian foundation, which is rooted in the Anglican tradition, with excellent educational standards for everyone and by being committed to and living out our values (see Visions and Values under the 'About Us' menu).

Principles

The governing body, after consultation with staff, parents and pupils wish the following principles to be promoted within our school:

  • Active engagement with the school's Christian values within a caring, nurturing and prayerful environment
  • All members of school community have the right to feel safe
  • All members of the school community have a right to give and receive respect
  • All members of the school community have the right to learn

Acceptable Behaviour

The school expects pupils to work as hard as they can and not to disrupt the learning of others, to speak to others in appropriate ways, treat all adults and children in school with respect and care for members of the community, in line with the School's Christian ethos.

It is the responsibility of everyone in school to promote our nurturing, Christian ethos and to make positive choices about their behaviour, take responsibility for their own actions and promote the development of positive self-esteem and well-being. The school expects the pupils to behave in this way both on and off the school premises.

Ways in which the school promotes positive choices
 
  • Positive behaviour is consistently re-inforced and the staff model appropriate behaviour
  • We teach all children about making positive choices
  • Collective Worship
  • Consistent positive encouragement and specific recognition when children demonstrate positive behaviour
  • Older pupils are encouraged to support positive behaviour on the playground and at lunchtime
  • Rewards are given consistently for positive choices

Rewards

Children are consistently awarded with verbal praise for making positive choices. All children can earn team points from any adult in the school by showing they are following the school rules.

Each Friday at 2.30pm we have an Achievement Assembly that all parents and carers are warmly encouraged to attend. During Achievement Assembly children are awarded the following rewards:

  • A child (or children) from each class is (are) awarded a Headteacher's Excellence Award for academic achievement in line with their ability
  • House team points are celebrated
  • Achievements outside school are also recognised and pupils are strongly encouraged to bring these in to celebrate
  • Childrens birthdays are celebrated

Every term we also award a very special cup to a child in KS1 and KS2. This is our kindness cup. We constantly look for acts of kindness that our children complete and record them. We encourage visitors and parents to record in our kindness book any acts of kindness they see around the school also. Each term the class staff (TAs and teachers) decide who they would like to nominate for the kindness cup. All nominees are rewarded with a certificate. One child from across EYFS and KS1 and one child from KS2 is selected to be the winner of the kindness which they then treasure for the coming term. We also celebrate good attendance each term for indivisuals who have better than 96% attendance and to the class that has the best attendance.

At the end of the year we have a very special celebration assembly during which cups are awarded to year 6 pupils for their successes over their time in our school. During this assembly we also present the Exemplary Role Model Award provided by POWA to celebrate the child across the whole school who has stood out as exemplifying our good standards. This child receives a picture of themselves with the cup and a medal and a certificate to take away.

Anti-Bullying

We want every child to feel safe at school. Bullying is a very clear infringment of our Golden Rules and we do not tolerate any form of bullying in or out of school where it involves children attending West Ashton Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School.

What do we mean by bullying? The Department for Education definition of bullying is: "behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally".

Please see our 'Anti-Bullying' page under the Children menu for more information and links about bullying.

If you have any concerns about bullying or friendship issues at school we would respectfully ask you to discuss these concerns with your class teacher who will be able to help you. We would ask you to avoid discussing your concerns with any children involved or with their parents in the playground. Thank you.

Behaviour, Discipline and Anti-Bullying Policy