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Guiding Principles

At RAPS, we hold the highest expectations for the behaviour, attitude and rights of adults and children alike. Our policy, procedure and practice is developed in partnership with the whole community and is built upon respect and morality. Everyone at RAPS is clear about their rights and responsibilities and also understand the consequences of poor behaviour choices too.

We expect all our children to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.  We aim for our pupils to develop as individuals, whilst respecting and valuing others.  We want our children to become confident and self-motivated, to know right from wrong, to understand their rights and responsibilities and to see the need for rules within our society.

First and foremost, we are a school which praises and celebrates positive behaviours, attitudes and efforts. Within a 'school family’, some guidelines are of course essential; these are mostly matters of common sense to ensure the safety of our children. We place value on the need to increase our children’s awareness of  their role in the school community and beyond.

RAPS has a behaviour policy which is consistently applied by all adults who work in school. The aims for that policy is briefly outlined below:


  • We strive to create a positive climate in which pupils' self esteem is nurtured and misbehaviour becomes a less attractive way to gain attention.
  • All people in the school are valued, respected and safe.
  • School will be an orderly environment in which effective teaching and learning can take place.
  • Everyone will work together to encourage good behaviour.
  • A high level of parental involvement is encouraged and expected.
  • We will work closely with other agencies to ensure that children with complex needs and difficulties, and their families, are given the appropriate support.

Dealing with inappropriate behaviour

Our school has five simple rules displayed in classrooms, along with class rules which will be set up by pupils with the class teacher.
Minor rule breaking will be addressed as appropriate. Members of staff aim provide attention to those who are behaving  in the desirable way. When pupils have to be reminded of the rules, this will be done quietly and calmly with the aim of getting the pupil back on task as soon as possible. The inappropriate behaviour will be criticised, not the child.

What happens if a child behaves inappropriately?

  • The child will be given three warnings and on the third warning there will be a loss of privilege.
  • They may be given ‘time out’ to calm down and reflect.
  • If the inappropriate behaviour continues, the child may be placed on a behaviour card or reward chart.
  • This will remain with the teacher for one week and will be signed daily by a member of the school.
  • Click here to view our policy for excluding pupils.

Senior Leadership Team

Where there are acts of unprovoked aggression, rudeness, swearing, or persistent misbehaviour that could endanger or distract other children, the Head of school will discuss the child’s behaviour with the child and parents will be notified. As a result of such behaviour, a child may face internal exclusion, where they will work independently with a Learning Behaviour Mentor, or the school may use ‘alternative hours’ for other forms of behaviour.

The school will always work with its partners in trying to address a child’s behaviour and outside agencies will be used for the most inappropriate forms of behaviour.

RAPS is a school with the approach that EACH DAY IS A FRESH START.

Working together to improve behaviour:
We always try to work alongside parents. We believe that good behaviour is a result of a good partnership between home and school, and standards set at home and school should complement each other.

Click here to read our Positive Behaviour Policy