At Horsenden Primary we believe that good behaviour and high expectations are fundamental to a successful learning environment. Good behaviour results from clear and high expectations, mutual respect and a well-planned and delivered curriculum that stimulates pupils to learn, ask questions, be challenged and extend themselves.

We recognise the importance of clear and consistent classroom routines, high expectations for learning and behaviour and a rewards and sanctions system which is explicit and applied consistently for all.

Our Behaviour Policy is based upon positive reinforcement with a focus on the choices pupils make. Positive choices are acknowledged and rewarded whilst poor choices are discussed and if not improved, pupils receive sanctions as laid out in the school’s Behaviour Policy. Our policy promotes self-regulation and reflective thinking and aims to provide pupils with the tools to learn from their experiences.

The Golden Rules and Classroom Traffic Lights

At Horsenden Primary School we follow the 6 ‘Golden Rules’ which can be found in each classroom, as well as in the playgrounds:

  • We are kind and helpful
  • We are gentle
  • We listen to others
  • We are honest
  • We work hard
  • We look after property

All pupils have a traffic light system next to the Golden Rules poster in their classrooms and at the start of each school day, their name cards begin on the green light. It is expected that all pupils will remain on this colour for the day however if behaviour choices are poor, a pupil may move to the yellow or red traffic lights. The types of behaviours that might trigger this are clearly laid out in the Behaviour Policy, linked below. If a Key Stage 2 pupil reaches the red traffic light before lunch time, they are sent to the ‘Reflection Room’ where they will receive a 1:1 coaching session about their behaviour choices with a member of the SLT. Instances to the Reflection Room are monitored and shared with parents and carers where necessary.