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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

3rd Dec - The final word has been penned in our entries to the 100 word creative writing competition titled 'A Wander in the Woods' written in class this week.

1st Dec - Thank you to Rev Felicity for joining us on our Understanding Christianity Day. It was great to hear the super questions and reflections as the children considered the Christmas story.

1st Dec - Christmas has come to Petersfield! Well done to the first Elm class recipient of a card celebrating a success of the day through advent.

27th Nov - Well done to everyone for being super Run Orwell Lap-athon participants. Medals are coming home over the next few days. We are very proud of the children for their participation in the sports activity and the fantastic fundraising.

23rd Nov - Following our Historic England Heritage Schools accreditation, staff were delighted to spend a twilight training session exploring the local area history and geography research completed for us. We look forward to sharing the resulting fantastic resources and projects with the children.

23rd Nov - Ready, Steady, Go! Each class will participate in our Run Orwell sponsored Lapathon challenge during a session this week.

19th Nov - Road safety is always important but it is especially important as the nights are darker. Children shared this week's learning today.

18th Nov - Smile! It is photo day today!

18th Nov - Thanks to Rowan class for leading our first ever virtual class assembly. What a triumph! Parent and pupil feedback agrees! Rowan class agree 'I really enjoyed the kennings poem and holding up the words. I enjoyed the square number song. I loved the cardio drumming as it was different.'

13th Nov - We are pleased to have raised £124.65 today, thanks to our non uniform day for Children In Need.

11th Nov - The decorated stones provided a focus for reflection today as we raised £73.50 with our Remembrance collection before our two minutes silence.

9th Nov - The nurses administering the flu vaccination were very impressed with our pupils today. We also had 100 percent attendance and administration of the vaccine for those booked to have it. Well done everyone!

5th Nov - Thank you to all the parents who joined us virtually for the Headteacher Awards. We are very proud of the children and enjoyed hearing about their great attitude to learning resulting in success.

3rd Nov - Welcome back to Autumn half term 2. We look forward to seeing you all this morning after the half term holiday. Please do read the 'Welcome back' email sent last night for the latest updates.

2nd Nov - Remote Learning planning featured on today's INSET day agenda.

23rd Oct - School is now closed for the autumn half term holiday. We look forward to welcoming pupils and parents back to school on Tuesday 3rd November after the INSET day. Happy holidays!

21st Oct - Today we are pleased to feature in the Cambridge Independent Newspaper with photos and an explanation about our positive mental health curriculum.

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The newspaper article about 'Max and Milky make it to Mars' - written by our Book Club volunteer Ute - is here. She has kindly donated a copy of her book to our school library.


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