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St Mary Bourne Primary School

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Behaviour Statement

Fostering Good Behaviour


Our ethos is to notice good behaviour and give attention to children making the right choices.  This is very effective in encouraging children whose inclination might be to misbehave, to be noticed for doing the right thing!  We have a very positive attitude towards discipline, awarding children individual, class or whole school marbles for good effort and attitude.  Rewards for earning sufficient marbles result in a class ‘treat’.  These are treasured rewards that encourage children to behave well!


All children belong to one of five school Houses, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow or Black – linked to the Olympic colours.  Children are able to earn their Houses reward points by gaining ‘marbles’ as well as by any exceptional behaviour or attitudes around the school. There is a healthy spirit of competitiveness between the Houses!


Another incentive for good behaviour is the use of a teacher ‘EX’ in the marking code encouraging positive relationships and a focus on continued hard work and improvement.  The children are sent to the Headteacher to be rewarded with a certificate for ‘EX’cellent work.


There are, of course, always a few children who struggle hard with behaviour in any school.  For these children, we like to work closely with their parents/carers to help the children to build up their self-esteem enough to give them the confidence to make right choices.  If a child has had a bad day, they can start afresh the following day.


The School ‘Good Behaviour’ Policy is linked on this web page and details more about possible rewards and sanctions used by the school.  If you would like a paper copy of this policy – please speak to the school office.