We have high expectations for behaviour at Sutton. Our School rules have been developed with the children and are kept to a minimum. They are based on the principles of consideration and respect for self and others. The aim is for pupils to achieve self-discipline and develop their own sense of responsibility.
From time to time children fall out with each other. How we deal with conflict is part of our social development. At Sutton Primary Academy we actively promote values and positive behaviour, which are the skills needed to work collaboratively and make a positive contribution to a team.
Bullying is different to the normal falling out and arguments children often have with their friends at play as they grow up.
It is the sustained intimidation of a victim that is emotionally carried out by a person or group in order to cause physical and/or emotional hurt. It can be a single, unresolved, intimidating incident or a series of intimidating incidents. Bullying is a deliberate act, carried out to cause distress in order to give the bully (or bullies) the feeling of power status or some other gratification.
If incidents of bullying occur we will deal with them but we hope to create an atmosphere where bullies do not thrive and are a rarity.
We will create this atmosphere by:
Building the confidence of all pupils
We have a detailed Anti-Bullying Policy and a Behaviour Policy, both of which can be accessed via our website for further information
Pupils are regularly rewarded in a variety of ways for demonstrating outstanding behaviour for example;
In the very few instances when pupils make choices that are not in line with our expectations, the consequences of their actions are clearly outlined to them. We take swift action to deal with any incidents of bullying and the children and parents or carers are encouraged to discuss any problems at an early stage.
In extreme cases of behavioural concern, parents or carers will be contacted and the matter will be dealt with by the Headteacher in partnership with them. The Headteacher, in consultation with the Governing Body, can exclude children from school.