Behaviour Principles

After Beowulf - Year 5/6 - ink on paper

Discipline counts for much more than talent.

Akala - author of Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire

We have very high expectations of our pupils' behaviour. We expect adults and children alike to uphold and support the ethos of the school including values of respect - for other people and the rule of law, equality, fairness and democracy (participating and expressing your views). We believe that children are best served when the adults around them are in partnership and share high expectations, including that our children take responsibility for how they choose to be.

We are all a product of the choices we make.

Albert Camus

At Kingsmead, behaviour is so much more than following rules and complying with authority. Great learning behaviour requires active listening and attention; approaching learning with interest, optimism and showing the grit and tenacity to overcome difficulty. It includes good manners and our conduct towards each and every person in school as well as to the natural and made environment. Pro-social behaviour does involve following rules (respect for the law). It can also include also voicing an opinion respectfully and campaigning for change.

Our teachers plan an interesting and enjoyable curriculum to stimulate children's curiosity, 'botheredness' and their desire to learn; this is the first port of call in supporting excellent pupil behaviour. Through a broad and balanced curriculum and a skilled staff of knowledgeable professionals, we expect that all of our children can choose to learn and achieve and to be useful and kind to other people and the environment.

Kindness. It is the highest form of intelligence.

Raf Vallone - actor, footballer, resistance fighter

Equal Different Together

Alongside a loving family, education is one of the most precious gifts a child will receive. Education will enrich their experiences well beyond their childhood, throughout their adult life. We believe that every child has the right to learn and achieve safely and joyfully. Our pupils come to school with very different starting points and therefore we will provide reasonable adjustments for those with additional difficulties. To enable all children to thrive and enjoy learning there is a 'no excuses' approach to bullying, hurting other children and disruptive behaviour. In short, we treat each child as we would want our own to be treated.

What the wise parent would wish for their child, so the state should wish for all children.

R.H. Tawney - philosopher and economic historian

The value of everybody

Everybody has the right to:

  1. Learn and teach well
  2. Respect
  3. Be safe

And everybody has the responsibility to:

  1. Treat other people with kindness and respect;
  2. Be honest and truthful;
  3. Take care of the environment ~ inside and outside;
  4. Work hard and enjoy our success;
  5. Let other people join in;
  6. Show good listening;
  7. Work and play safely and considerately.

Devised in 2004 by our very first cohort of pupils, our responsibilities continue to serve us well.