We believe that it is vital for our children to develop self-discipline, to think about the feelings of others and to care for their environment. We believe that the positive ethos of our school encourages good behaviour in our children. Good behaviour and attainment are recognised and promoted and we were pleased that Ofsted’s most recent report recognised that ‘behaviour in the school is good’. We treat behaviour problems and bullying seriously and incidents are dealt with immediately we become aware of them working in partnership with the school staff, parents and children. A more detailed breakdown of how we manage behaviour – both positive and negative - is available in our School Behaviour Policy.
Our agreed behaviour flowchart.
Encouraging our children to become active citizens
At Alderbury and West Grimstead school there are many opportunities for children to develop their sense of responsibility and maturity.We have a number of dynamic and enthusiastic school committees which the children are involved in. Two elected representatives from each class sit on the School Council, Worship committee, Sports committee, Arts committee and Eco-warriors committee. These committees play an important role in school life. Any pupil can speak to their committee representatives enabling them to feed their own ideas into the workings of the school. In this way we feel that all children are able to play an active role in the running and shaping of their school.
School Council – The aim of the school council is for children in each class to communicate views and opinions of their classmates so that the views of the children are considered and the school improved. Recent discussion points have been the provision of more litter bins, the playground equipment and devising new playground rules.
Arts Committee – This group meets to discuss arts in the school which includes dance, art and design, drama and music. The children talk about what they enjoy and how they can make school even more interesting. Recent discussion points have included links with Salisbury Playhouse, the school’s Artsmark award.
Sports Committee – This group discusses the different sports activities in the school. Recent topics for discussion have included the requirement for certain pieces of equipment and the different sporting events in the school calendar.
Worship Committee – In this group the children discuss what they like about worship. Recent meetings have discussed the visit to our school by the Archdeacon. The group have also discussed and decided to create a board outside the hall showing what is happening in worship in the coming week.
Eco Warriors Committee – In this group the way that children can live in a more environmentally friendly way is discussed. Topics for discussion include recycling and reusing materials within school.
Children raise money during the school year for various organisations such as Children in Need, Jeans for Genes, Comic relief and have school links with China, Zambia and Brazil. More recently we have started on a ‘Global Learning Project’ to look at citizenship in a wider sense, including links to ‘Child of Hope’ which supports education in Africa. We are looking at fair trade, water aid and wider issues about developing and sustaining countries in need.
We have recently started a new playtime and lunchtime ‘Skillszone’ which means that a range of play equipment is available to support healthy and active fun. Year 4 children are entrusted with the care of the equipment and Year 6 children are entrusted with the care of younger children.
‘Pupils’ behaviour is good and their enjoyment of school is shown by their above-average attendance.’ Ofsted 2011