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‘Treat others as you would wish them to treat you!’
At Lady Joanna Thornhill School we aim for our pupils to become independent learners, motivated by their natural curiosity about the world in which they live in. We want them to enjoy life and be happy. We believe that our pupils have the right to learn in a safe environment and believe they should feel and be safe at all times. To enable this to happen we work together with all members of the school community, children, staff, parents/carers and governors to promote positive behaviour.


We understand that pupil happiness requires the presence of positive relationships. Teacher and pupil relationships must be built on mutual respect and trust in the same way that we expect that pupil relationships with peers must be built upon respect, trust, friendship and tolerance for each other’s wishes. At Lady Joanna Thornhill we believe in the power of positive and frequent praise for good and caring behaviour as a more effective way of improving standards and relationships between individuals than criticism.

We expect the highest levels of behaviour from all other adults, including non-teaching staff and visitors to the school. Older pupils are encouraged to care for and support younger ones both inside and outside the school building just as they would in the family home. At Lady Joanna Thornhill we aim to have a positive caring ethos and provide challenging well planned education. The goal is to produce caring, successful pupils with high self-regard and esteem as well as an awareness of appropriate behaviour in all social and academic contexts.
All staff recognise that each and every adult has a responsibility for developing independence and good learning behaviours at every moment of the school day, whilst at the same time role-modelling the highest standards of conduct. We have high expectations of our pupils with regard learning behaviour and conduct. We recognise that they are both equally important and interdependent.

Our approach to negative behaviour
The majority of our children are well behaved but we must address any negative behaviour issues that occur. Children must be made aware that their behaviour choices will have consequences.