Fishponds Road, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 3UH
Our children are expected to behave appropriately at all times - the school is a calm and happy place where children behave well.
We reward children regularly for good behaviour - teachers aim to notice children doing the right thing and use examples of positive behaviour to encourage all children to demonstrate excellent behaviour.
The school has adopted the 3 Golden rules which form the basis of the class rules that the children are involved in negotiating at the beginning of each new school year. These are displayed around school, in each classroom and are used to remind the children of expectations.
These Golden Rules are:
We have worked with the children to develop our Code of Conduct to help everyone uphold the above rules. Click this link to view it.
We use a four-step system to allow plenty of opportunities for children to make the right choices:
Those who behave well all the time are rewarded with stickers and certificates.
Each term, we reward children who have consistently followed the rules and have been consistently rated ‘Excellent’.
When behaviour is inappropriate, children are given the choice to improve their behaviour or face the consequences. It is made clear what they should do to improve and what the next step will be if they choose not to.
We always work with parents if behaviour becomes a problem. It is usually symptomatic of other issues, so it is important that we work in partnership to ensure everything gets back on track.
We are here to help with behaviour issues you may be experiencing at home and can point parents and carers in the direction of other support networks that may be of use. Please ask the office or the inclusion leader for more details.
Please see the behaviour chart, which you will see in every classroom and followed by all members of the school staff.
What is bullying?
The Department for Education (DfE) defines bullying as: “Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual or group, either physically or emotionally.” Bullying can take many forms: from teasing and spreading rumours to pushing someone around and causing physical harm. It often happens in front of other people. It includes name calling, mocking, kicking, taking belongings, writing or drawing offensive graffiti, messing around with people’s belongings, gossiping, excluding people from groups, and threatening others.
Why are people bullied?
Children can be bullied for all sorts of excuses. It can be due to their race, their religion, their appearance, their sexual orientation, because they have a disability or because of their home circumstances. People are bullied for being black, white, fat, clever, gay or red-haired or different in other ways. These are a few examples. But people are sometimes picked on for no reason.
Cyber-bullying is increasingly common outside school. Cyber bullying is any form of bullying that involves the use of mobile phones or the internet. For example, sending offensive texts, messages and emails, circulating images on the internet, or impersonating someone on social networking sites such as Facebook.
The effects of bullying
Bullying makes the lives of its victims miserable. It undermines their confidence and destroys their sense of security. Bullying can cause sadness, loneliness, low self-esteem, fear, anxiety and poor concentration, and can also affect attendance and progress at school.
Bullying is extremely rare and it is not tolerated in any form at Fishponds Church of England Academy. It is dealt with through our anti-bullying policy. This policy has been very effective in ensuring that pupils know what bullying is and what to do if they suspect bullying is taking place. Any form of racist, disablist or homophobic bullying or comments are always addressed seriously and logged. If you have any concerns or questions, please see your child’s class teacher so any distress can be sorted out quickly.
For a full copy of our Say No to Bullying Policy, click here.