Statement of behaviour principles

The Governors at Arnside National Primary believe that high standards of behaviour lie at the heart of a successful school, enabling children to make the best possible progress in all aspects of their school life.

At Arnside National Primary, we value everyone as an individual, capable of growth, change and development. Our relationships are underpinned by the principles of justice, equality, mutual respect, fairness and consistency. We have high expectations that support the development of our pupils as effective and responsible citizens. 

The purpose of this statement is to give guidance to the Headteacher in drawing up the behaviour policy by stating the principles that the Governors expect to be followed.

  • All children, staff and visitors have the right to feel safe at all times at school.
  • Arnside National Primary School is an inclusive school where all members of the school community should be free from discrimination of any sort. Measures to protect children should be set out in the behaviour and equality policies.
  • The School rules should be clearly set out in the behaviour policy and displayed around school. Governors expect these rules to be consistently applied by all staff.
  • Governors would like to see a wide range of rewards, consistently and fairly applied in a such a way as to encourage and reward good behaviour.
  • Sanctions for unacceptable / poor behaviour should be known and understood by all staff and applied consistently.
  • It is recognised that the use of rewards and sanctions must have regards to the individual situation and individual student and the Headteacher is expected to use his discretion in their use.Sanctions should be applied fairly, consistently, proportionally and reasonably, taking into account SEND, disability and the needs of vulnerable children.
  • The Governors strongly feel that exclusions, particularly those that are permanent, must only be used as the very last resort.
  •  The Governors expect pupils and parents to cooperate to maintain an orderly climate for learning.
  • The Governors wish to emphasise that violence, threatening behaviour or abuse by pupils or parents / carers towards school staff will not be tolerated. If a parent does not conduct himself / herself properly, the school may ban them from the premises.
  • The Governors expect the Headteacher to include guidance on the use of reasonable force within the behaviour policy.

Useful sites for reference:

Bullying UK