We prefer to reward children for good behaviour.
However, sometimes children do fail to meet our high expectations. Where this happens, it is always investigated fully by staff before any sanction is given.
This is sometimes tricky because, where an incident does occur, there will usually be different perspectives on what happened (often every child involved or witnessing it has a slightly different view of what happened). However, a great deal of time is spent trying to get to the "truth", although clearly the "truth" might not fit exactly with a child's own perspective. This does not necessarily mean a child is lying - just seeing it from their point of view. Unfortunately, we are seeing an extreme example of this in the current situation in Ukraine - two sides with very different perspectives and even onlooking other countries with slightly different perspectives and versions of events too.
And, in line with the policy, where a child does something at a "Level 4" or above, we always speak to the parent / carer. It is really important that parents / carers support the school at this point.
It is worth remembering that all children occasionally make the wrong choices or misbehave. This is natural and part of growing up. When a child does do something wrong, it is essential that they reflect on it and learn from it. If they don't, or if a parent / carer simply takes their child's perspective of the incident as the "truth", the child is much more likely to think that their misdemeanour is acceptable and do it again... or push the boundaries further.
Unfortunately, this is something we see repeated year-on-year with a small number of children - where parents / carers insist their child's perspective is always the truth and that their child does not ever make the wrong choices or misbehave. Unfortunately, the behaviours then escalate, sometimes with serious outcomes in the secondary school years.
Please support your child by supporting the school.
Behaviour in the Community
A small number of parents / carers have also mentioned the behaviour of a minority of our children in the community - after-school and at the weekends.
Our school rules include "being kind and polite to others" and "treating school and community property with respect" and we spend time in school teaching and embedding these rules. Almost all of the children adhere to these rules in school 😃
A huge THANK YOU to those parents / carers who support and enforce these rules out-of-school too. You are making a real difference to your child.
However, from what has been said, there are a small number of children who are not "being kind" or "respecting community property outside of school". Again, experience shows that these children - if they "get away with it" - tend to go on to do worse 😞
Whilst we try to support, it is not possible or practical for school to investigate every incident in the community. If you are worried about an incident that you see in the community we encourage you to report it to the police (111). They are able to deal with it immediately and follow it up with other agencies; however, please also let us know so that we can follow it up too.