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).


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 and nurturing 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


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

During our weekly Celebration Assembly, we all celebrated the achievements of ourselves and other, including:
  • a Class Certificate thanking a child for demonstrating one of our school values
  • House team points are celebrated
  • achievements outside school are also recognised and pupils are strongly encouraged to bring these in to celebrate


We want every child to feel safe at school. Bullying is a very clear infringement of our ethos, values and class 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.

Bullying is Several Times On Purpose (S.T.O.P)

Types of bullying
Verbal Physical Non-Verbal
Teasing Hitting Shunning
Belittling Punching Ignoring
Ridiculing / mimicking Roughing up Invading someone's privacy
Stereotyping Finger jabbing Graffiti designed to embarrass
Criticising constantly Inappropriate or unwanted touching Being unfriendly
Offensive remarks about race Taking money without permission  
Offensive remarks about gender Fighting Cyberbullying
Getting other people to bully for you Pinching Offending or causing upset through:
Name calling Unwanted touching  School networks
Sarcasm Jostling Text messages
Threatening to hurt someone Cornering Internet chat rooms
Spreading nasty stories Interfering with with people's property  
Anti-Bullying Charter

Our Anti-Bullying Charter States:

  • We want a school and community free from all forms of bullying, including cyberbullying.
  • We want people in our school community to value difference.
  • We think everyone has a right to be safe online.
  • We want bullying never to be acceptable online, offline, at home or at school.
  • We want to use technology to report bullying if it occurs in or out of school so we feel safe when reporting (e.g. text message / email)
  • We want a relevant, useful and practical anti-bullying policy the whole school community reviews regularly so we can change parts that don't work.

What can you do about bullying?

Remember you are special and no-one deserves to be bullied
If you are being bullied tell an adult immediately, you will be listened to and supported
If you are worried about someone else being bullied, tell an adult