Gainsborough is a caring and considerate school, where the trust and relationships that we build make us part of a huge family. One of the ways that we have developed ‘Family Gainsborough’ is through the high standards of behaviour we expect from our pupils. For the benefit of all children, school rules are made and should be adhered to and there are consequences for those pupils who break them. However, if rules are followed, there are a variety of rewards for the pupils to celebrate their positive behaviour choices.


Gainsborough’s Golden Rules

At Gainsborough we follow the three rules:

1) Be ready

2) Be respectful

3) Be safe


REWARDS - for pupils who chose to follow the school rules

Gainsborough Golden Time

On a Monday morning all pupils sign up for an activity of their own choice. This activity is known as Golden Time and will last for 30 minutes on a Friday afternoon. In every classroom, there is a ‘traffic light’ display with green, yellow and red circles.  Every child will start the week off with their name displayed on green. If pupils choose to follow the school rules they will remain on green all week. However, if school rules are broken, their name will move to yellow or red.

A pupil can move up or down a chart over the week. Children can earn back the green status by making better choices the next day. You can help immensely by asking your child what colour they are on at the end of each day. If they happen to be on amber or red, remind them that they can earn their Golden Time back by making good behaviour choices the next day. The amount of Golden Time earned depends on which colour the pupil’s name is on prior to Golden Time commencing.

Green = 30 minutes of their chosen Golden Time activity

Yellow = 15 minutes of their chosen Golden Time activity

Red = 0 minutes of their chosen Golden Time activity


Star of the Day

1 or 2 pupils every day will have their name displayed on the Class Star which is placed above the green circle. These are pupils whose behaviour has been outstanding throughout the school day. This means that they go first for everything and also have other special privileges decided by the class teacher.


Daily & Weekly Rewards

To encourage children to follow the Golden Rules we recognise and reward positive behaviour in many other ways:

- Verbal praise

- Raffle tickets – to enter a draw for end of year prizes

- Stickers and certificates

- Positive texts and phone calls home

- Share good behaviour with other adults within the school community

- Celebration Cup Winners’ Assembly


CONSEQUENCES – for pupils who choose not to follow the school rules

Fairness and consistency can be maintained by using the following consequences and associated language throughout the school day:

- 1st rule break - Child’s name is written on the board.

- 2nd rule break of that day – One cross by the child’s name.

- 3rd rule break of that day – Second cross by the child’s name means that they will move down the traffic light

- 4th rule break – Third cross by the child’s name means that pupils will work for 30 minutes in another classroom.

- 5th rule break in one day – Fourth cross by the child’s name means that they will move down the traffic light and parents/carers will be informed.

If phone calls home/parental meetings are not effective then SLT will become involved and an Individual Pupil Support Plan (IPSP) may be put into place.


At Gainsborough we aim to promote positive attitudes and outstanding behaviour. We strongly encourage you to contact the school if you have any concerns regarding the welfare or education of your child and we ask for parental support in all matters of discipline. We recognise the crucial role parents play in shaping the attitude and behaviour of their children. Like you, we want the very best for your child academically and emotionally and we hope that the behaviour policy contributes towards this.




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Be Ready:

- To Listen and Learn
- To Share
- To Follow Instructions
- To Work Hard and Do Your Best
- To Help and Be Kind

Be Respectful:

- Think About Others
- Use Good Manners
- Choose the Right Behaviours
- Talk to Others in the Right Way
- Accept and Celebrate our Differences

Be Safe:

- Play and Learn Safely
- Report Bullying or Unkind Behaviour
- Move Around School Carefully
- Tell an Adult if You Don't Feel Safe
- Look After Each Other

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