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Church Street North, Old Whittington, Chesterfield. S41 9QW

01246 450597

Mary Swanwick Community Primary School

Learn together; helping one another to achieve our best



Our LEARNERs' Code underpins everything we do at Mary Swanwick. It clearly outlines our expectations in terms of learning behaviour as well as our expectation that children treat each other with kindness and respect. All children who follow the LEARNERs' Code are recognised and rewarded with the awarding of a LEARNER band which allows them certain freedoms and privileges. Through our promotion of the LEARNERs' Code we have created a system where everyone is clear about what they need to do to be a successful learner; and which supports them as they grow into kind, compassionate young people. 

Our LEARNERs' Code is based on rewarding good behaviour, recognising success and celebrating exemplary attitudes to their work and others. As well as the awarding of LEARNER bands, we also give stickers, cygnets, certificates and awards in our weekly celebration assembly.

When children choose not to follow the LEARNERs' Code there is a very clear procedure which we follow. Instances are recorded and sanctions applied firmly but fairly. All children understand that the school has high expectations of their behaviour, attitude to learning and conduct at all times and they know what will happen if they don't meet the expectations. As well as providing a very clear sanctions procedure, the system helps us to identify when  individual children may need support with their behaviour in school and we work hard to provide that support as appropriate. Both the LEARNERs' Code and Behaviour policies below detail the hierarchy of sanctions for non-LEARNER behaviour.

There is a strong emphasis in our school on spiritual, moral, social and cultual development. We aim to ensure that pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

Bullying, in all its forms, is considered unacceptable. Children are aware of how to deal with any instances of bullying from the early years when the phrase ‘Tell! Tell! Tell!’ is first introduced. Any bullying issues are taken extremely seriously and are dealt with promptly. Our 'Friendship Ambassadors' are available to support any child who is feeling lonely or vulnerable and will support them should they need to report an incident to a member of staff.