At St William of York we want every single child to enjoy school, have high self-esteem, respect and care for others and feel safe. Behaviour and safety are central to all we do at St William of York. We encourage children to be caring, responsible, co-operative and polite and we are committed to creating an atmosphere and environment where all children are offered the best chance to develop and succeed firmly rooted in our gospel values.
We have excellent strategies for promoting positive behaviour where our emphasis is on rewards to reinforce good behaviour. We believe that rewards have a motivational role, helping children to see that good behaviour is valued. The most frequent reward is verbal praise, but we use a range of positive behaviour strategies in line with our policy.
To support this, at the beginning of every year, each class develops their own set of class rules. Within these codes of conduct, we encourage self-discipline so that children learn to take responsibility for their actions.
Typically pupils behave extremely well, both in school and on visits. Behaviour issues are dealt with as they arise by class teachers and the leadership team. Parents are always involved if there are serious or more persistent problems.
The Behaviour Policy was developed following discussion with parents, teachers, children and governors. The Home School Agreement, issued to all parents, also includes some elements of the Behaviour Policy.
The following links may be useful for parents:
When things do go wrong, a clear distinction is made between the child and their behaviour, so as to maintain a positive self image for all. It is always our intentions to involve the wrongdoer in finding a solution to the problem and recognises that all sides need:
- a chance to tell their side of the story – their experience;
- an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings;
- a better understanding of how the situation happened;
- an understanding of how it can be avoided another time;
- a feeling that they are understood by the others involved;
- an acknowledgement of the harm caused;
- a way to move on and restore relationships though honesty and forgiveness.
You can view our behaviour policy below