The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Behaviour

Ofsted has rated the behaviour of our children within the school as GOOD. During their time in school they observed behaviour for learning in lessons, assemblies, play and lunchtimes and after school clubs.

'The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils move around the school with consideration and are polite and respectful to each other and adults. '

 'Pupils play well together across all age groups. In the playground, they organise their own games and take part enthusiastically. A high level of adult supervision at breaktime and lunchtime ensures that pupils who require adult support have easy access to it and can be fully included in activities. '

 A recent governance visit, (June 2019 )showed that the children feel safe in class. That they all know the rules and that there are clear consequences if they are broken.

Systems have been put in place to ensure that there is good behaviour for learning in all of our classrooms. Poor behaviour is tracked and action is swift and relative to the act. Children come to school to learn and develop as individuals; any behaviour by another that stops this happening is unacceptable.

Bullying

We consider bullying to be repeated ongoing behaviour that makes others feel uncomfortable, threatened or distressed. This can be physical, verbal or emotional. Whilst occurrences in our school are extremely rare they are dealt with firmly, quickly and sensitively. The exact response would, of course, depend on the nature of the bullying however in all circumstances parents of the children concerned would be notified and the situation carefully monitored.

A graduated approach to behaviour at Lynsted and Norton School

Parents occasionally ask how the school deals with the few pupils who  struggle to follow the school rules. Some pupils struggle more than others, but generally respond well to firm boundaries and a “graduated” approach, that is, clear steps for the school to follow. 

 However, there may be a need to provide additional support through additional well being support or our Play Therapist.  If concerns persist a 'Behaviour Plan' is drawn up between the pupil, parents, and staff. At this point the school may decide to involve services such as the behaviour service, paediatrician, or CAMHS. The plan is time specific and is monitored regularly. There may be occasions where, after having followed this process, the pupil is still unable to manage their behaviour and is causing significant disruption to the learning of others in the school. This places them at risk of exclusion.

 The school is prepared to and will exclude any pupil who places others at significant risk of harm, or repeatedly disrupts their learning. Before exclusion is considered the school may choose to internally isolate the pupil for a short period of time, for example a lesson or an afternoon.

Finally, there are rare occasions when the risk to others is significant enough following only one incident that the school may decide to move immediately to exclusion. This decision is taken with the full involvement of parents.   

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