All children are taught to reflect on their relationships with others and to employ skills that enable them to come to an agreement of a way forward. Pupils are well supported should they find that they need to cope with a difficult family circumstance or need extra help to develop skills in particular areas such as anger management.
The school has a Healthy School Action Plan which promotes personal health and well being for pupils and staff. The School is also involved in the Emotional Wellbeing Project.
The school considers that the following guidelines should apply throughout the school.
At the end of Key Stage Two there is a more formal approach, which addresses specific issues relating to puberty. These sessions are usually led by the class teacher utilising videos and worksheet to address the children's own questions. Parents of Year Six children are informed about this every year and have the right to withdraw their children.
Citizenship provides the opportunity for pupils to learn more about how people in our school, the community and the wider world can work together. It focuses on rules, the rights of all people and how we all have responsibility for the care of the world.
Each class nominates representatives for the school council (Pupil Voice). The council meets regularly and the pupil representatives take away a question for discussion to their classes and then the following meeting feedback comments and suggestions from their classmates to the teacher representative. These contributions then feed into the School Development Plan.
We work hard to cultivate a 'family' atmosphere. Class teachers are immediately responsible for each child in their class, but the Headteacher has oversight of all children. We encourage children to care for each other, with relationships being relaxed and informal wherever possible. Within this relaxed structure there are definite standards of behaviour, which we expect from all pupils. On entry, every family is introduced to our behaviour policy, and parents and children are helped to understand the system we use, which is based on praise and rewards for good behaviour. The Headteacher is always willing to discuss the needs of a child with his/her parents if they wish to do so, at any time.