Behaviour at St John's

Good behaviour and discipline are the key foundations of good education. Without an orderly atmosphere, effective teaching and learning cannot take place. If children are permitted to misbehave in school, they prejudice their own educational chances and worse, they disrupt the education of children around them.

It is the basic entitlement of all children at St John’s school to feel safe and secure and to enjoy being in a good learning environment. All pupils are expected to behave in a responsible manner, both to themselves and to others, showing consideration, courtesy and respect for other people at all times.

The School has a ‘Positive Behaviour Policy’ which describes rewards and sanctions, our expectations, how poor behaviour is monitored and discouraged, the disciplinary stages and action and how incidents are reported. There is also an anti-bullying policy. A confidential record is kept of all incidents of poor behaviour to enable us to monitor, give sanctions and action one-to-one support if necessary.

Golden Rules

In order to continue to promote our high standards of behaviour in school and make sure our children are “ready to learn” in a safe positive environment, we follow our Positive Behaviour Policy.

In school we have a set of "Golden Rules" which are followed through a traffic light system.

Green: All children start on a green and remain on a green while they demonstrate positive behaviour and “readiness to learn”

Yellow: A child will be placed on yellow if they have not made the right choices after first being given a warning or reminder about their behaviour choices.

TIME OUT: If a child continues to make the wrong choice after being given a warning and then placed on yellow, they will be given a short amount of “time out” in class to think about making the right choices so they are “ready to learn”.

Red Card: If a Golden Rule is broken again during either the same morning or afternoon, they will receive a red card. This means they will go to work in a buddy class, lose their playtime and spend this time reflecting on their choices.

Buddy Class: This is another class in school.

In summary our code of behaviour below outlines our expectations.

  • Every pupil has the right to learn without being distracted by the bad behaviour of others.

  • Every pupil in our school is valued - Physical or Verbal abuse will not be tolerated

  • We encourage mutual respect, understanding and tolerance towards all members of our school. We do not accept discrimination in any form.

  • All children should respect school property and the property of others.

Should children persist in making the wrong choices with regard to their behaviour, parents will be informed and asked into school to discuss the problem. In extreme cases, there are clear guidelines which the Governors and Headteacher will act upon in excluding a child from school.

In the event of any damage being caused by pupils, to books, equipment, furnishing etc. the Governors wish parents to know that they will be responsible for paying for their replacement.

House Points

Exceptional work, effort and good deeds are recognised by awarding team points, for which each child is a member of one of our four teams: Panthers, Lions, Tigers or Leopards. A cup is awarded to the winning team each week in Collective Worship. The house team that collects the most house points each half term gets the reward of being able to come to school in non uniform for a day.

Sparkle and Shine

We also reward positive behaviour and attitude each week, when every teacher nominates a child to receive our 'Sparkle and Shine' award. Shine stands for:

Socially responsible

High achievers

Independent / interdependent learners


Empowered to meet life's challenges

A certificate and badge is given to each child who is chosen, a picture is taken and then placed in a special book, which is on display in the school hall.

You can find our Positive Behaviour Policy, along with the Anti Bullying Policy at the bottom of this page.