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Behaviour Policy

The purpose of the policy is to encourage good behaviour at all times and to make the children aware of and be responsible to themselves, others and their property as expressed in our school Mission Statement.

This is also evident in our school rules which are:-

  1. We will move around the school in an orderly and quite manner.
  2. We will talk to one another in a quiet, polite way.
  3. We will respect our school and each other.


The nature of the discipline at St. Mary’s is that we are firm but fair and consistent.

Discipline is the responsibility of each class teacher who ensures that the school rules are adhered to.

It is the responsibility of each class teacher to set and maintain high standards of good behaviour.


We will reward good behaviour with a word of praise or by awarding a team point in order to highlight “good” and to encourage others.  Team points can be awarded for several reasons:-  good work, improved work, improved attitude, effort, being kind, being helpful etc.

Headteacher stickers for excellent behaviour.


A warning should be given to the child who is demonstrating problematic behaviour. They should be given the opportunity to correct this behaviour and be made aware that it is unacceptable. If the behaviour persits after a warning then sanctions are as follows; –

A yellow card is to give them for a second chance , they keep this with them to remind them that they should improve their behavior. If the behavior improves the yeallow card is taken off them at the next less and they start again. If behavior is not corrected then a red card is given and a text message and letter is sent to the parents for support in dealing with the behavior. The children then miss Golden time at the end of the week and or other privileges.


Serious matters arising in the classroom e.g. refusing to stay on task, bullying, continual disruptive behaviour throughout the day and not responding to previous actions by the class teacher will be referred to the headteacher, who will decide on an appropriate course of action depending on how often the breaches have occurred.

Parental Support

Parents will be involved in serious matters either through a phone-call or a letter home.  If serious matters are repeated e.g. bullying, use of abusive language, disrespect to a member of staff, or fighting, then exclusion may follow and parents and governors will be involved in the decision.


Playground matters are to be dealt with by the teacher on duty.  Sanctions will involve standing out and observing the others whilst the child calms down, or a missed playtime.

Serious matters e.g. fighting, bullying, swearing, abusive language or violent behaviour will be referred to the headteacher who will decide on an appropriate course of action.

In the playground certain games will not be allowed if they are encroaching on a child’s safety e.g. bulldog.

Welfare Staff

Welfare staff are to be treated with the same respect as the teaching staff.  It is recommended that they follow these points:-

  1. All incidents should be dealt with in a calm and positive manner.
  2. Any child not playing in a proper manner should be spoken to immediately.
  3. Persistent poor behaviour e.g. bullying, fighting etc., should be reported to the headteacher or Senior teacher.
  4. Any form of disrespect should not be accepted.
  5. Be aware of what is happening – foresight can avert some accidents.
  6. Simple punishments can remove the heat from a situation e.g. stand still for two minutes or walk round the playground with the welfare staff.
  7. Make sure you know the full facts of any situation.
  8. Be aware of any games that could be dangerous and put a child’s safety at risk e.g. pulling scarves etc.
  9. Always be in a position where you can see all the children, all the time, and be ready to act.
  10. Check that all the children who should be in the playground are there.