The pupils and staff at The Parks are proud of our academy. We have high standards and high expectations of everybody who is a part of it. Children are at the heart of everything we do and our ethos is based on hard work, care and nurture in a safe, secure, stimulating and exciting learning environment. Our ethos is firmly rooted in traditional British values.
What we expect of our pupils
- We expect all our learners to work hard, try their very best and respect each other, the adults and their academy.
What we expect of our staff
- To maintain a safe and secure environment for pupils. To work hard and try their very best in their part of the delivery of a high quality, stimulating and exciting curriculum, fit for the twenty first century.
- Pupils should leave the academy as happy, confident, knowledgeable learners ready for Secondary education.
- Staff treat every pupil with care and respect. They treat all adults, including parents and carers, with respect and in a professional manner.
What we expect of our parents and carers
- To work with the school in partnership to provide the best possible outcomes for their children.
- To speak to members of staff with respect and in a professional manner.
- To ensure their children come to school every day and on time in full school uniform. To assist with homework, spellings and reading.
Pupils with Responsibilities
The Head Boy and Head Girl welcome you to The Parks Academy. These are Y6 pupils who are excellent role models for the other pupils in the school. They always show green behaviour and can be trusted to carry out duties to help the academy run smoothly. Sometimes they are called upon for special duties. These include presenting certificates at assemblies, speaking at our church services or giving guests a tour of the school.
The Deputies work hard to support the Heads, and often step in if they are not available. They too are good role models for younger pupils and are often asked to perform special duties too. They are also trusted pupils.
Prefects support teachers and supervisors with the day to day running of the academy. For example, they help pupils to line up sensibly and to sit in the correct places at assembly time. They help at lunch with jobs such as making sure pupils have water at their tables. Prefects are role models and are trusted pupil leaders in the academy.
If you happen to be passing through our school and notice some children with the badge ‘Play Leader’ smartly on their school jumper, make sure you take the time to ask them about their role.
We have enlisted the help of these shining stars to ensure our playtimes and dinners are the best social and physical experiences possible for our children.
Play leaders will be responsible for the following things:
- taking equipment out at beginning of lunch.
- monitoring equipment and reporting losses/damage.
- monitoring treatment of equipment.
- monitoring popularity of equipment.
- modelling games/activities all children can play safely.
- collecting equipment in at the end of lunch.
- being a friend to anybody who needs one
- helping to resolve issues between pupils, using some restorative practice techniques
Awards and Rewards
Our behaviour system is based on the traffic light system and we call it Good to be Green! Around the academy are posters that tell pupils what green behaviour looks like. These change as the location changes. For example, on the corridors it says that green behaviour is walking sensibly. In the classroom it says that green behaviour is working hard, listening to others and following instructions. Good to be Green is for everybody, from our youngest Foundation Stage pupils to our oldest Y6!
Inside the classrooms are traffic lights. If a pupil's behaviour is not green, their name is placed in amber, or even red. The teacher will always say to that pupil "To be green you need to...."
Every adult in every classroom uses Good to be Green. There is consistency right across the academy so all pupils know what green behaviour looks like.
Each term we recognise pupils who are always the shining stars of the academy. We call these pupils Leading Learners. We invite parents/carers to to a special assembly to celebrate their success.
- Leading Learners must;
- Have 97% attendance
- Be always punctual
- Be evergreen (our word for always showing green behaviour)
- Always work hard and try their best in all lessons
- Read regularly at home
- Regularly complete homework
- Leading Learners proudly wear star badges on their uniform.
Leading Learners have golden brown badges for the autumn term, green badges for spring term, and yellow badges for summer term.
Leading Learners for F1 and F2
- I am keen to join in with everything
- I play sensibly with everybody
- I do my best learning at all times
- I show green behaviour all the time
- My parents/carers do everything they so I can come to school every day and on time.
Attendance and punctuality
At the academy we promote excellent attendance and punctuality.
Every week we have an attendance and punctuality assembly. The Class with the highest attendance get stickers and a trophy to keep for the week. Also, the class with the fewest lates get a sticker each and a trophy to keep for the week.
Sometimes a class wins both!
Each term we celebrate those pupils with 100% attendance. They each receive a badge and a certificate. Some pupils are 100% attenders and Leading Learners, like the girls above!
The class with the best yearly attendance wins a special prize, as does the class with the fewest lates. The prize depends on the age of the pupils and what they want to do!
Every Friday we celebrate those learners who have been shining stars that week. We invite parents and carers to celebrate their successes at this assembly. They come to the front and receive a special certificate and sticker.
Pupil Points System
The Points system is a reward to encourage our children to be consistently green.
The points are earned daily for the following things:
- Bringing their reading book, any homework and P.E. kit (on the days they need it.)
- Wearing full uniform.
- Green behaviour in a lesson.
- Green behaviour at break time and dinner time.
Each day, it is possible for the children to earn up to 18 points for these things.
Please note: teachers will put these points on the system. They can choose to enter the points daily or store them up and put all the points on at the end of a working week.
On top of the daily points, children can earn themselves extra points through outstanding contributions to our Academy from their class teacher or any other adult. These will be put on the system at the end of the week.
Many children have jobs within their classroom or around the Academy. They can earn up to 5 points a day (25 a week) which will be on the system at the end of the week.
If you have any questions or queries about the points, please see Mr. Lowthorpe or Ms Sargieson (Year 3/4).