Governors' Statement of Behaviour Principles

Governors’ Statement of Behaviour Principles


The Department for Education requires governing bodies of maintained schools to publish statement of behaviour principles for their school. The Governing Body therefore has a duty to produce, and review, a written statement of general principles to guide the Headteacher in determining measures to promote good behaviour and discipline amongst pupils. The document ‘Behaviour in Schools – Guidance for Governing Bodies’ (DFE – September 2015) has been used as a reference in producing this Statement of Behaviour Principles.


This statement and the Behaviour for Learning and Positive Relationships policy will be reviewed on an annual basis, unless changes at national or local level necessitate an exceptional review. This statement is informed by our school ethos and values.


This is a statement of principles not practice. It is intended that this set of principles reflects the school values, vision and ethos and is utilised to guide the Head teacher in drawing up the whole school Behaviour for Learning and Positive Relationships policy.


The policy and the actions within will be in accordance with the school responsibilities under equality legislation



The purpose of our Behaviour for Learning and Positive Relationships policy is to illustrate that we have adopted a behaviour focussed curriculum. Our behaviour curriculum provides all stakeholders of Loudwater Combined School with an appropriate code of conduct, which encourages our school to internalise a set of key values. In response, our children become happy, successful and able to serve our community positively.  


This policy should be read in conjunction with our Safeguarding (Child Protection) Policy, Anti-bullying policy and Staff Code of Conduct. 


Aims and Values

Our main aim is to provide quality experiences in all aspects of school life.


We aim to create a warm and welcoming environment that cultivates a respect for the rights and needs of children and adults, irrespective of culture, race or gender or any protected characteristics. 


We aim to be actively involved in the learning of our children. Therefore, we provide a range of broad, creative and balanced learning opportunities, which adhere to the National Curriculum. We use constructive feedback to signal when a child’s efforts are valued, which promotes engagement and participation.


We aim to develop self-discipline and the ability to self-regulate the choices and decisions our children make. 


We aim to maintain high aspirations and expectations of our children, in the anticipation of fostering independent, reflective and lifelong learners. 



We aim to promote this through our whole school values:

Spiritual values

  • Love
  • Happiness
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Forgiveness
  • Individuality
  • Contentment
  • Kindness

Cultural values

  • Respect
  • Equality
  • Empathy
  • Creativity

Moral values

  • Peace
  • Generosity
  • Honesty
  • Pride
  • Self- belief
  • Perseverance
  • Compassion

Social values

  • Collaboration
  • Friendship
  • Responsibility
  • Trust

Learning values

  • Resilience
  • Reciprocity
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reflectiveness


Also, through the key British values

  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty


 Key Principles

  • Every child has the right to learn, but no child has the right to disrupt the learning of others.
  • Everyone has a right to be listened to, to be valued, to feel and be safe.  Everyone must be protected from disruption or abuse.
  • Our fundamental approach is a positive one, drawing attention to, rewarding good behaviour and mutual respect.
  • All adults (staff and volunteers) will provide excellent models of behaviour in all aspects of school life.
  • We will seek to give every child a sense of personal responsibility for their own actions.
  • We will communicate expectations of behaviour clearly.
  • Where there are significant concerns over a pupil’s behaviour we will share the strategies we use with parents; working on an active partnership to promote good behaviour.
  • Early support and intervention will be used at the earliest opportunity;
  • Strategies will be recorded where there is a high level of concern both on behaviour log/ concerns sheet or, a Pastoral Support Plan.
  • We will seek advice and support from appropriate outside agencies.
  • We will constantly seek to inform ourselves of good practice and strategies to further improve behaviour and attitudes.  This may be through periodicals and books, attendance on courses and advisory visits.  It will be a high priority to disseminate such ideas throughout the staff.
  • There will be a whole school approach but with due regard for individual circumstances


This statement and our Behaviour for Learning and Positive Relationships Policy will be reviewed on an annual basis, unless changes at national or local level necessitate an exceptional review. 



November 2023