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Behaviour, Discipline and Bullying

Behaviour at Hawthorn Primary School

At Hawthorn Community Primary School, we are committed to creating an environment where exemplary behaviour is at the heart of productive learning. Everyone is expected to maintain the highest standards of personal conduct, to accept responsibility for their behaviour and encourage others to do the same. Our Behaviour for Learning Policy guides staff to teach self-discipline not blind compliance. It echoes our core values with a heavy emphasis on respectful behaviour, a partnership approach to managing poor conduct and dynamic interventions that support staff and learners.

What our children say:

Our school is filled with kindness and hard-working children. We enjoy our days at school and everyone has fun together. We like seeing our friends in the kind environment created at Hawthorn. Our adults listen to us and give us choices, and they have conversations with us when things go wrong. We always have someone to talk to. We like coming to school as our teachers are nice, and we like learning and playing together. We have lots of different lessons and there is always something fun that we are being asked to do.

Written by the children collectively from years 1-6, July 2022


At Hawthorn, we believe everyone has the right to go about their daily lives without the fear of being threatened, assaulted or harassed. No one should underestimate the impact that bullying can have on a person’s life. It can cause high levels of distress and affect well-being, behaviour and development. At Hawthorn Primary School, we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all, so our children can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. All types of bullying are unacceptable at our school and will not be tolerated. We value and promote safety for all; we encourage our children to speak out when they see something that upsets them or makes them feel unsafe. When bullying behaviour is brought to our attention, prompt and effective action will be taken.

What is Bullying?

“Bullying is the repeated negative behaviour that is intended to make others feel upset, uncomfortable or unsafe.” Diana Award Definition of Bullying 2019.

We take all reports of bullying seriously and investigate without delay. Please inform us of any concerns at the earliest opportunity, either face to face or via phone or email.  We would ask pupils and parents to try and distinguish between the one-off incidents that can happen, and the behaviour described in the above definition. The school will listen carefully and record such incidents. As well as giving support to the victim, full investigations into the incidents will be conducted. Parents will be informed as appropriate. At Hawthorn Primary we have regular sessions as part of our curriculum to teach children that bullying is unacceptable, that we all have the right to feel safe and what to do if you don’t feel safe. 

Our Anti-Bullying Charter