Behaviour & Discipline

Praise and Punishment

Discipline is firm but fair and is linked to a strong emphasis on courtesy and consideration for others. We aim to develop self-discipline which is a mark of a maturing child. All adults encourage a positive approach, praising pupils and highlighting outstanding work. We also use a restorative approach to managing behaviour in order to restore difficult situations back to our school values.

Above anything else, we manage behaviour by setting a clear ethos of Love, Kindness, Honesty, Respect and Equality


We believe that all children should understand that bullying is unacceptable and our aim is to provide the appropriate support to the victim, whilst considering carefully the consequences for the bully.

Bar Hill School is a “Telling School” – where we teach all members of our community that if they are concerned about the way they or someone they know is being treated then they should tell an appropriate adult to get the issue resolved.

We encourage children to feel that they can discuss any concerns about bullying. All members of staff are available and trained to listen to and help with such problems. In addition, children can take issues to the Values Leaders (VL). The members of the VL are children who have been elected by their peers. With training and guidance from members of staff, they listen to both the bully and the victim and offer support in finding a solution. In addition to supporting children on the playground, VL maintain a presence on the playground with fluorescent jackets so that they can be seen at a distance. Please have a look at the section about what Values Leaders do in the clubs section of the Wider Curriculum.

Parents are always kept informed about bullying issues relating to their children. It is also important to note that parents can bring any worries to the school’s attention. All incidents are treated seriously and confidentially.

Positive handling to restrain or control pupils

Bar Hill School is committed to ensuring that all staff and adults with responsibility for children’s safety and welfare will deal professionally with all incidents involving aggression or reckless behaviour and only use physical intervention as a last resort in line with government and Local Authority guidance. If used at all it will be in the context of a respectful, supportive relationship with the pupil. We will always aim to ensure minimal risk of injury to both pupils and staff.