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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

15th Oct - Following on from the mask creations last week, this week, Elm class created their own floats for the carnival. Our school value of creativity was on show everywhere you looked!

14th Oct - Today we were pleased to welcome Mrs Coulson, our Diocese link, into school virtually. As usual, our pupils beautifully articulated their thoughts about the school. Mrs Coulson said 'The pupils are obviously keen learners and are so proud of their classrooms and their achievements.'

12th Oct - This week our Collective Worship has explored Respecting Others. Lots of great examples have been identified. Everyone in school continues to be invited to celebrate great examples of this showcased in school.

7th Oct - Today we welcomed Mrs Fuller, our County Advisor, into school virtually. She was very impressed with all the pupils she spoke to. They were bubbling with enthusiasm about their learning and explained out metacognition learning powers to her as well.

6th Oct - Rowan and Pine class visited Chapel Orchard today to create their own Andy Goldsworthy inspired art work.

5th Oct - Today we introduced this year's Shoe Box Appeal. You can find out more in this week's Petersfield Press.

4th Oct - Smile! It is school photograph day today!

4th Oct - It is only 9:20am and as a school, we have already written a school song with the wonderful Young'Uns who are working with each class for musical workshops throughout the day today!

1st Oct - Today we welcomed the County English advisor into school. She was able to celebrate all the fantastic writing evident in school whilst also offering further training for staff as we continue to prioritise developing children's writing skills at Petersfield.

30th Sept - Today, the children reflected on our theme of things that are special. We thought about the support Mrs Roberts has given so many children in school and Puffins as we celebrated her work in our Head Teachers' Collective Worship.

29th Sept - Today, the whole school reflected on what it means to be a good friend, how we play together and show respect. A group of children then work together to assemble another new football goal to play with at break times.

25th Sept - We won first prize at the Gransden show for our Food to Fork banner! Well done to the children and Mrs Bonfield for the fantastic entries.

23rd Sept - Today's Headteacher Collective Worship included recognising pupils who have been demonstrating our values to others. Creativity and friendship have been particularly apparent this week.

21st Sept - Thank you to Rev Felicity for leading our Harvest Service today. It was wonderful to be altogether on the school field and to think about our donations and who they will help.

20th Sept - Today we have begun to think about Harvest in Collective Worship. Our School Council introduced our collection for tomorrow's Harvest Festival. We are collecting money for our Malawi fundraising and food for the local food bank if you are able to donate tomorrow.

17th Sept - Well done to our EYFS who enjoyed learning in school for their first full day today.

17th Sept - Today's second virtual creative writing session led to brilliant extended writing from year 3 and 4.

16th Sept - We look forward to seeing the creative writing from year 3 and 4 following the first of two 'Beneath the Surface' virtual writing sessions today.

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