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 shining 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’. (See the short video further down the page.)

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:

  • be safe,
  • be ready
  • and be respectful.

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)



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.