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Behaviour and Anti-Bullying


The Governing board at The Dawnay School strongly believe that all pupils have the right to feel safe and valued, whilst at school. They should be able to learn, play, travel to and from school and live their lives without fear of, or disruption by, others associated with the school.

The school vision for behaviour at The Dawnay is to ‘Inspire children through excellence’, and in order to achieve this, we are committed to creating an environment where exemplary behaviour and attitudes are at the heart of productive learning. Everyone is expected to maintain the highest standards of personal conduct, motivation and positive attitude to learning for their behaviour and encourage others to do the same.

Our school’s PRIDE Values inform our behaviours and permeate through our curriculum. The school has 3 simple rules:

  • Be Ready
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible

Our Values and rules are applicable to conduct and attitudes to learning and have been designed to be applied to a variety of situations.  These rules are taught and modelled explicitly to support behaviour and attitudes.  Teachers should specifically teach these rules through PSHE and class time and devise a class charter which is shared with parents

We expect the school to adopt a fair and consistent approach to managing all pupil behaviour, teaching and modelling the skills that will enable our pupils to learn how to be respectful, responsible citizens.  Any behaviour that falls short of these standards, must have consequences and we expect the school and all staff members, to apply the full range of appropriate sanctions and rewards as agreed and referenced in the Behaviour Policy.

Furthermore, we require the Head Teacher to exercise the right to address instances of poor behaviour that occur outside school when such behaviour may damage the school’s reputation or a pupil’s well-being. For example, in the case of cyber-bullying or if a pupil wearing school uniform, behaves inappropriately on the journey to or from school or whilst on a school trip in the wider community.

In the same way we require the Headteacher to take appropriate action against parents and/or other adults who behave in an inappropriate way whilst on school property, or make negative or derogatory comments about the school, pupils or staff on social media sites.

The Governing Body of The Dawnay School.

July 2020

Bullying Prevention Policy

At The Dawnay School, we aim to provide a safe, caring and friendly environment for all our pupils to allow them to learn effectively, improve their life chances and help them maximise their potential.

We would expect pupils to feel safe in school, including an understanding of the issues relating to safety, such as bullying. We also want them to feel confident to seek support from school should they feel unsafe or concerned

Every child should be able to learn in a school environment free from bullying of any kind and in which they feel safe and supported. There is no place for bullying in our schools and communities and each of us involved in education has a role in creating a culture in schools where bullying is not tolerated (Safe to Learn 2007).

Exclusions Policy 

It is the policy of The Dawnay School to try to deal with all behavioural issues in an active, positive way, employing a wide range of strategies, to avoid such issues reaching the point of exclusion.  Exclusions take place only for very serious incidents or when other strategies have been tried and have failed over time. Please read the attached policy for more infomration. 

In most cases exclusion will be the last resort after a range of measures have been tried to improve the pupil's behaviour and after a range of strategies have been put in place to address the inappropriate behaviour which may lead to exclusion.