St John's C.E. Primary Academy

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Behaviour Management - A Positive Approach

“Very well behaved and responsive pupils with a remarkable sense of personal responsibility and their place in a global perspective” (SIAS 2008)

“Exceptionally polite and helpful...behaviour is impeccable. They are respectful, polite, well mannered young people who have highly developed social skills” (Ofsted 2008)

“Pupils’ excellent behaviour and attitudes … play a significant part in their success.” (Ofsted 2005)

Within the academy, behaviour management rests with all staff, and overall with the Principal. Parents and children are encouraged to sign a Home-Academy Agreement, developed by pupils, parents, governors and staff, which explain the responsibilities and rights of parents, pupils and the academy.  Appropriate or acceptable behaviour is defined as:


Thoughtful care and consideration of others;


Sharing and generosity;

Politeness to all;

Attentive listening;

Co-operation with others;

Internal rather than external control;

Care of the environment.

Within the academy, the establishment of a sound, caring relationship between staff and pupils is the prime consideration and this ensures a minimum of discipline problems.  Nevertheless, there are occasions when pupils need to be reprimanded and a verbal reprimand or other sanction such as withdrawal of privileges or extra work is quite sufficient. ‘Golden time’ is used as an immediate positive behaviour management system in each class across the academy.  Each child is entitled to 15 minutes of ‘golden time’ each week where they can choose from a range of activities within the classroom.  This can be reduced by 5 minute intervals if a child’s behaviour deems it necessary and is therefore an immediate consequence for inappropriate behaviour.

Parents are brought in to discuss their child's behaviour whenever it is thought necessary, in order that they can help resolve the situation before further action is required.  If a matter arises of a more serious nature, a child can be excluded by the Principal, and the situation discussed with parents.  Parent representation may be made to the Pupil Discipline committee, supported by Wakefield Diocesan Board of Education.  An appeal may then be made to the local authority Independent Appeals Panel.

The Academy has a Behaviour Management, Equalities Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy and an Inclusion Policy in place and these are regular reviewed and updated in line with statutory guidance. Everyone in the academy is seen as members of the community and are collectively encouraged to respect each other.  Any matters of safety or general concern are communicated orally to children and as needed in writing to parents by means of the academy VLE.

Expectations of pupils’ behaviour are very high and all staff set the tone and standards with remarkable consistency and effect.

Pupils share and respect these standards because they appreciate the calm orderliness and absence of threat they bring.” (Ofsted 2005)

House Points

As part of our positive behaviour policy, St. John’s Academy employs a reward system based on ‘house points’.  In Classes L, I, F, T, O and N  children are divided into four houses. The houses are named after historically well known local families; Savile, Armytage, Cannon and Highley. Pupils and their siblings are allocated to the same house and all pupils work as a team collecting house points for their houses.

House points are awarded for behaviour, quality work and effort.

Prayer & Praise

In addition to the winning house being announced in Prayer and Praise assembly the children are also encouraged to bring in any certificates, awards or trophies that they have received out of school in to share with all members of the academy.  This upholds the positive message that each individual is special in our community.

Star of the Week

Each child has the opportunity to be nominated as star of the week by the teacher or other staff in the academy.  The star of the week can be awarded for outstanding classwork, effort, achievement, behaviour, manners or being ‘a star’.  The star of the week awards are given out by the Principal in a whole school assembly, usually on a Friday along with additional awards, these include:

P.E.T  - homework award for Presentation, Effort and Time

Fruits of the Spirit – nominated by both staff and pupils to children demonstrating love, peace, faithfulness, joy, goodness, gentleness, patience, self-control and kindness.