St Mary's C of E Primary School & Nursery

Faith in Everyone to Shine Brightly

College Road, Purton, Wiltshire, SN5 4AR

01793 770239


At St Mary's we all - children and adults alike - consider the very best behaviour to be normal and expected: we have 'faith in everyone to shine brightly'. We show this in so many ways: caring for each other, being helpful, sympathising with others, holding doors for each other, solving our friendship problems quickly, being polite, not tolerating unkindness and valuing our own and others' learning. When someone is not 'shining brightly' with their behaviour, we work quickly to find out why, give the right support, use restorative approaches and then make amends, forgive and move on.

Our policy has been developed by St Mary’s staff, based on tried, tested and proven effective practice. We have been influenced by the work of behaviour expert Paul Dix, in his book, ‘When the Adults Change, Everything Changes: Seismic Shifts in School Behaviour’.

Our Behaviour Policy can be found on the Policies page, here.

Behaviour expectations for everyone at St Mary's are built around three simple, core principles:

These are underpinned by our school values.

Other policies which help relate to behaviour at St Mary's include:

  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • Special Educational Needs Policy
  • Online Safety Policy
  • Good Behaviour Policy
  • Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Policy
  • Home School Agreement

These documents can be found on the Policies page (click here)


Restorative Justice

To support our shining brightly behaviour policy and the anti-bullying policy, we aim to use this type of questioning (below) to help resolve issues when they occur. The colour changes represent how this restorative questioning can move a child/ren through the stages of emotional reaction (red) through to restorative calm (green). Involving other children, including perpetrators, targets, and impartial others (e.g. by-standers) can enable those involved in bullying/mis-treatment an opportunity to understand how their target felt. 



Children's Social, Moral, Social and Cultural development flows through everything we do at St Mary's. We aim to provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop:

  • their own values and beliefs, religious or otherwise, whilst showing respect for different people’s faiths, beliefs, feelings and values;

  • their own spiritual awareness, developing their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;

  • to have a positive, caring attitude towards other people and to understand how they can contribute to their school and the wider community;

  • an appreciation of their social and cultural traditions and the diversity and richness of other cultures;

  • to be responsible for their own high standard of behaviour and understanding the consequences of their behaviour and actions and the difference between right and wrong. 


Information about Suspension and Permanent Exclusion ( can be found by clicking here and in our Behaviour Policy.