We are proud of our reputation as a warm, caring family school. It’s a reputation built on the friendly attitude of our staff, their shared knowledge about the families in the school, our systems of communication and our insistence on pupils displaying the same care to each other that is modelled by their teachers.
The atmosphere of the school is friendly and relaxed, underpinned by the expectation of good behaviour and a sense of mutual respect. Staff and older children set the example. Expectations for younger children are grounded in the same principles, although simpler language is used.
In the Early Years we encourage the children to follow the school's expectations in terms of behaviour, recognising that these children are still learning to manage their feelings and behaviour in an appropriate way. We aim to minimise the need for direct adult intervention by creating a climate of clear expectations and by teaching children strategies to deal with inappropriate choices by others.
In the Main School a more systematic approach is adopted. We make reference to our two school codes, the 'FRIENDS' code and the 'SCHOOL' code which provide guidance as to the expectations of pupils towards each other and their teachers, expectations of conduct around the school and expectations of attitudes towards learning.
In Form 2 (Year 1), each child joins one of our four Houses; Cavell, Fry, Johnson and Nightingale. High Points reward good conduct or displays of great effort. These points are rewarded with merit badges presented by the Headmaster at assembly each week. In addition, at the end of each half term, the total number of points earned by each house is announced and the house with the most points is entitled to a reward of their choice. Usually, this takes the form of an ‘Own Clothes day’.
Children work together in their Houses to present assemblies and take part in sporting and musical competitions in House teams. In 2015, the School Council raised money for four House mascots which the children had designed themselves.
In addition to the House system, pupils in our top year are encouraged to be good role-models. Our Leavers’ Programme helps them to develop maturity, independence and resilience through involvement in our school council and the award of prefect badges at various stages in the year. Appointment to the status of prefect signifies that pupils have generally modelled consistently good behaviour and taken their responsibilities seriously.