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Statement of Behaviour Principles


A statement of behaviour principles, written by Governors, is required by all maintained schools. These principles guide our Behaviour Policy and procedures at Kingham.  Practical applications of these principles are the responsibility of the Headteacher. 

At Kingham Primary school we seek to create an inspirational, ambitious and kind ethos where children feel safe and where good behaviour is encouraged and rewarded.

The school behaviour policy applies at all times in school hours. Our policy may also apply when students are outside of school e.g. when in uniform, just before and after the school day or incidences of cyberbullying. 

We aim to:

  • Create an environment which encourages and reinforces good behaviour as much as possible
  • Ensure that all pupils, staff and visitors are free from any form of discrimination and policies reflect the duties of the Equality Act 2010
  • Establish clear guidelines and rules, based on respect, common sense and safety, by which the school will operate
  • Establish a clear and consistent system of rewards and sanctions to promote good behaviour, and when necessary, dealing with poor behaviour choices.
  • Ensure that the school’s expectations and strategies are widely known and understood
  • Ensure that every child understands they all have the right to feel safe, valued and respected, and learn, free from the disruption of others.

We believe that:

  • All children, staff and visitors have the right to feel safe in our school and that procedures should consider the requirements of the Education Act 2002 in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children  
  • A positive partnership with parents and carers is crucial to building trust and developing a shared goal of high behavioural expectations. Parents/carers are encouraged to come and discuss any worries with the class teacher or relevant staff at an early stage 
  • The atmosphere and ethos in our school is key. The way that adults speak to pupils (and about pupils), and the way that adults allow pupils to speak to each other, directly impacts on the self-esteem, confidence and motivation that a pupil has, which in turn impacts on a pupil’s behaviour 
  • Proactively dealing with behaviour issues before they occur e.g. by planning high-quality, motivating lessons, by consistent use of praise around the school and by establishing a high quality learning environment ensures that incidences of poor conduct are minimised  
  • The decision to use physical intervention and/or reasonable force will be based on individual circumstances and the professional judgement of staff. 
  • Abusive or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated in any circumstances. 
  • Suspension and expulsion are last resort measures and only used in the case of a serious breach or persistent breaches of our Behaviour Policy

Reviewed May 2023