Behaviour Policy


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"My grandson went to 3 other schools before Cressey, that couldn't manage his behaviour. But here they can. He’s learnt more ... here than in all his other schools. Cressey isn't negative towards pupils, it’s all positive. It's a brilliant school, I'd recommend it for any child with emotional behaviour problems."

Parent Survey, July 2020

"Amazing progress! 3 years ago he was so violent and aggressive, he had to be restrained six times a day. Any other school would have given up. But you didn't!! And now, he can control his emotions. He's got friends, and he's so happy."

SEN Team Case Manager, from a nearby Local Authority, Nov 2018   

Behaviour Management

Praise, tough love & boundaries. Within our nurturing approach we work very hard to help students understand and experience the pleasure of positive relationships. 

The school uses positive management of behaviour, and a rewards system, to promote positive outcomes and behaviour. This is enhanced by clear boundaries and structure, to create emotional stability and physical safety.

Students are awarded points in each lesson for effort, attendance and behaviour. Certificates and praise are given in recognition of effort, and good work is recognised and displayed and a Commendation Certificate is awarded for an outstanding day. Each week a student is awarded “Student of the Week”.

Staff model good behaviour and support students to make positive choices. We never punish students, but use a range of strategies to help the students manage their own behaviour in a positive way.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development

  • We assist the acquisition of personal communication skills, and the development of interpersonal skills; and we encourage positive behaviour.
  • We enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence, and positive attitudes towards independence. 
  • We enable students to distinguish right from wrong and respect the law. 
  • We give students opportunities to make real choices and decisions, and we encourage them to accept responsibility for their behaviour, and to show initiative.
  • We assist students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures.
  • We actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
  • We give students experience of the community, we help them to understand how they can contribute to community life, and the skills they need to successfully transition to adulthood. 

Student Support Plan

Every student at Cressey has their own detailed individual Student Support Plan, which is updated half-termly or as required. This is discussed and agreed with parents / carers as required, and is sent to all parents at the end of each academic year, along with the annual education report.

"Leaders have invested in training, enabling staff to defuse and de-escalate potential outbursts. This, together with a personalised learning pathway, ensures that for most of the time pupils behave appropriately. Increasingly, pupils are able to empathise with and respect others, and begin to regulate their own behaviour."

OFSTED report, March 2018

I can't believe the progress she has made since she left my school. Before, she needed lots of restraint and was so violent. Now she's learning completely normally, and no longer needs restraining at all."

Headteacher of a Local School, 2016

"Before she came to Cressey she was violent every day and needed 3 staff with her at all times. Now she has no behavioural difficulties at all, and is returning to Mainstream. This is by far the most successful placement she's ever had."

A London Local Authority, June 2015

"He's been at Specialist Schools all his life, and this one has been by far the best."

Parent, June 2014

"He has progressed more in 10 weeks at Cressey than in the whole of his time at other SEN schools. 

His behaviour and manner have been transformed ... for the first time he now even wants to learn. 

He used to have many violent and uncontrollable outbursts at home ... these have substantially reduced, and he now tries to control it."

Parent, March 2013