Behaviour and Expectations
Our aim is to encourage self-discipline, courtesy, consideration for others and respect for the school environment. Positive praise is essential; all staff reinforce good work, good behaviour and co-operation. We have a reward system for courtesy and merit. The reward system positively encourages self-discipline and respect for others.
Sanctions such as the withdrawal of privileges may be applied after careful investigation by the Headteacher or class teacher. In the rare cases of persistent or careless misbehaviour, parents will be informed and invited to take part in discussions with staff to devise strategies to assist the child to modify and improve his/her attitude and behaviour.
Happily, we rarely have any incidences of behaviour, which could be described as bullying. However, bullying has no place at St Stephen’s. Please let us know if you feel this may be happening or encourage your child to tell us in confidence. The school has an anti-bulling policy which is available on request.
Exclusion will very rarely be used and then only in the interests of the health and safety of the child concerned, or others within the school. Parents will be notified in writing, at the earliest possible moment, of the reason for the suspension or exclusion. All actions will follow the Kent County Council regulations.
Homework should be an enjoyable experience and, in general, should be used to reinforce children’s school work. For the older children, it helps prepare them for life at Junior school. Homework also gives parents an opportunity to discuss school work with their children, providing some understanding of, and insight into, the national curriculum. For a copy of our Homework policy, please see our website or ask at the school office.