Good to be Green Behaviour Policy

A Guide for Parents

The importance of good behaviour

At this school we encourage our children to develop spiritually, socially, personally and academically. To do this, good behaviour from all pupils is important.


How do we promote good behaviour?

Children are given clear guidelines of the appropriate behaviour and expectations in all areas based on our ‘Golden Values’ which all staff expect the pupils to abide by.

The policy is applied equally before school activities, playtimes, lunchtimes, lesson times, school trips and clubs that happen after school and during holidays.

The behaviour policy is supported through a variety of different strategies which include our:

  • planned curriculum work
  • SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) curriculum
  • planned assemblies
  • teaching and learning styles
  • well organised school routines
  • high expectations and consistency from all staff
  • specific support for those experiencing difficulty

The St. James’ Golden Values

Act Responsibly

Respect Everyone

Be Active, be healthy

Celebrate Achievement

Think for the future

“Make us a winning team"

The ‘Good to be Green’ system at St James'

  • Each child has a pocket on a wall chart that contains three coloured cards, GREEN, YELLOW, RED.
  • The day is broken up into set units of time, usually punctuated by a break or change of activity.
  • At the beginning of each time unit the pupils start by being ‘GREEN’ on their chart.
  • Should a pupil do something that is unacceptable they are given a verbal warning which should be sufficient to remind the pupil what is expected.
  • If the pupil continues to behave unacceptably they are issued with a YELLOW card. It is pointed out to the pupil that they have a choice about how to behave.
  • If the pupil corrects their behaviour (makes the right choice) they can revert to GREEN status.
  • A RED card is issued if the pupil’s unacceptable behaviour continues.
  • There are rewards for the pupils who sustain being GREEN (the 'always' children).

Some rewards for GREEN behaviour include:

  • Earned ‘Golden Time’
  • Team points
  • Class rewards
  • Rewards for pupils as they achieve each 30 GREEN day milestone - certificates, badges and postcards home.
  • An end of year treat for those who stay GREEN all year (without any red or yellow cards).

Procedures for dealing with inappropriate behaviour

Sometimes children forget our aims for good behaviour. They will then be reminded of the school’s Golden Values.

  • Children will not be allowed to use the words ‘only’, ‘just’ and ‘because’ when giving their accounts of event. (e.g. I was just kicking, I was only shouting, because it was boring.  These words lessen and self excuse the action). There can be no excuse for violence, aggression or disrespect to others.
  • Children will always be encouraged to apologise to their victim and where appropriate help their victim. They will be encouraged to empathise with other people’s points of view and to consider the consequences of their actions.
  • Should a pupil regularly be reaching RED status their parents will be informed. Their behaviour record will be analysed and an appropriate sanction will be applied. The pupil will have either an in school exclusion or even a fixed term permanent exclusion. 
  • Pupils who regularly get Red Cards for not following teachers’ instructions cause a health and safety risk to all. They will be prevented from attending out of school clubs and off site school visits including the residential at Robinwood. 
  • There may be incidents that occur that are so extreme in nature it is felt that these must be referred immediately to the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher. Each case will be considered carefully and dealt with in a way that is felt fair to the needs of the individuals involved and to the school community. In these cases fixed term or permanent exclusion may be immediately applied.

Click here for the full version of our Behaviour Policy

(which includes our Anti-Bullying Policy)