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Behaviour & Exclusion Arrangements

Children come to school to learn and develop as individuals; any behaviour by another that stops this happening is unacceptable.




Good behaviour is expected from all the children in our school.  Care, consideration, politeness, co-operation, tolerance and mutual respect are the qualities that we seek to encourage and develop. Our school rules are simple and clear and all children are expected to comply with them.

School Rules


1. Respect other people and their belongings.
2. Always do your best and let others do their best.
3. Follow instructions the first time.
4. Keep your hands and your feet to yourself
5. Help take care of our school so that everyone can enjoy being here.


We believe that children need to take responsibility for their actions. Our discipline policy reflects this, placing a large emphasis on rewarding appropriate work and behaviour. Wherever possible we will involve parents in the reward process by sending home certificates and celebrating successes in our weekly newsletters. 


Those children who choose to misbehave, by breaking the rules or stopping others from learning will face a series of clearly explained and escalating sanctions.



We consider bullying to be repeated behaviour that makes others feel uncomfortable, threatened or distressed. This can be physical, verbal or emotional. Whilst occurrences in our school are extremely rare they are dealt with firmly, quickly and sensitively. The exact response would, of course, depend on the nature of the bullying however in all circumstance parents of the children concerned would be notified. We will take action to resolve any problem.


Exclusion Arrangements

At Petham Primary School, fixed term or permanent exclusions will always be the last resort and will be used only in extreme cases of inappropriate behaviour or when all other attempts to engage a child in changing their behaviour have failed. Only the Headteacher may exclude a child. In the event that the Headteacher is offsite, a Senior Leader may contact the Headteacher who can grant permission for an exclusion to be made in her absence.


The Headteacher may exclude a child for one or more fixed periods, for up to 45 days in any one school year. The Headteacher may also exclude a child permanently. It is also possible for the Headteacher to convert fixed term exclusion into a permanent exclusion, if the circumstances warrant this.


If the Headteacher excludes a child, she will inform the parent immediately, giving reasons for the exclusion. At the same time, the Headteacher will make it clear to the parents that they can, if they wish, appeal against the decision to the Local Governing Body (LGB). The school will inform the parents of how to make such an appeal. The Headteacher informs the LEA and the LGB about any permanent exclusion and about any fixed term exclusions beyond five days in any one term.


The LGB itself cannot either exclude a child or extend the exclusion period made by the Headteacher. When an appeals panel meets to consider exclusion, they consider the circumstances in which the child was excluded, consider any representation by parents and the LEA, and consider whether the child should be reinstated. If the governors’ appeals panel decides that a child should be reinstated, the Headteacher must comply with this ruling.


A child may be excluded for one of the following reasons:


  • Physical assault against a pupil
  • Physical assault against an adult
  • Verbal abuse / threatening behaviour against a pupil
  • Verbal abuse / threatening
  • Cyber/ bullying
  • Racist abuse
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Drug and alcohol related
  • Damage
  • Theft
  • Persistent disruptive behaviour


You can read our full Behaviour policy and  Exclusion policy here for more information.

In cases of exclusion, Petham Primary School follows the guidance provided by Kent County Council and the Department for Education.  Links to the relevant documents are posted below for your information.