Below are Downsend’s school policies, including those for our three Pre-Prep Schools.
Downsend is a school where teachers and pupils respect and help each other. Through our Inspiring Young Minds mantra we encourage our children to try new things, to find new talents through the opportunities we bring them and to challenge themselves so that they achieve more than they ever thought they could in and out of the class room.
Communication between the school, parents and pupils is vital in ensuring our children’s success, as well as their well-being. We take responsibility very seriously for the health and safety of all the children in our care. We believe in positive learning differences where every child is supported and extended irrespective of ability within our educational care. Children with mild learning difficulties, will be supported by extra help within the classroom from the teacher or assistant, and where required will have additional lessons with the Learning Support teacher. Those children benefiting from a particular stretch in their learning will be supported within our Gifted and Talented programme.
Downsend has strong values, recognising and rewarding good behaviour and good manners in our children through the ‘Spirit of Downsend’ Award. And we expect the same high levels of behaviour from our staff and parents. We are a non-denominational school and encourage pupils of all faiths and cultures to embrace difference in one another and to celebrate individual achievements both personal and those of others.
Together we can stop bullying and create safe environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn. Cognita Schools has signed up to eradicate bullying in our schools, working in partnership as an associate member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA); based at the renowned charity, the National Children’s Bureau in London. ABA is a coalition of organisations and individuals working together to stop bullying. ABA coordinates anti-bullying week each November and is the national voice for evidence-based practice in this field. We access specialist training for all our schools, respect difference and welcome diversity. Our schools’ anti-bullying policies support the values of ABA. We believe that bullying in any form is wrong and should not be tolerated. It is a behaviour choice and anyone can be encouraged to change their behaviour. We believe that children have the right to feel safe, secure and valued and that creating a safe environment and dealing with bullying is everyone’s responsibility. We support a range of positive strategies in our schools to tackle and prevent bullying. We actively challenge the use of humiliation, fear, ridicule and other similar approaches. Our policy is implemented whenever the school is responsible for the conduct and welfare of children. As successful schools, we create an environment that prevents bullying from being a serious problem in the first place. Schools that excel at tackling bullying have created an ethos of good behaviour where pupils treat one another and school staff with respect because they know it is the right way to behave.
Find out more about the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
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