Personal Development and Achievement
At the BOS we have created an environment in which children enjoy learning, enjoy playing and enjoy growing up. This is founded on our belief in positive reinforcement, openness and honesty as the most effective ways to foster the confidence that students need if they are to achieve and develop to their full potential.
The class teachers are instrumental in helping our children to develop positive life skills, confidence and self-esteem. This is done in a variety of ways such as discussions at circle or carpet time, Personal, Social and Health Education lessons, addressing pertinent topics in assemblies, inviting guest speakers to the class, trips and visits etc.
All of this takes place within a framework of rewards and sanctions that encourages good behaviour, based on respect, friendship and mutual support.
Individuals and Houses
When children join us they are allocated to one of our four houses. The house system gives students an opportunity to interact with those from other years and to build a focus of loyalty beyond their own age group. At various times during the year, such as Sports Day, Quiz and other Activity Days, students will participate as a member of their House. As they do so, children accumulate points for their achievements. At the end of each term, the house with the highest points total is awarded the House Points Cup.
The children's individual achievements are also recognised during assemblies with the awarding of 'Golden Certificates'. These are given by teachers on a weekly basis and are awarded for achievement, effort or behaviour that is of an exceptional nature.
Additionally, a 'Superstars' award can be given to an individual or a whole class for outstanding achievement.
Minor misdemeanours will normally be dealt with in school either by the class teacher, the Key Stage Coordinator or the Head, depending on their severity. For more serious issues, parents will be asked to meet with the child and teacher in order to work together to resolve the problem.
To foster the early development of leadership skills and a sense of responsibility, the Primary Department operates a system whereby children in the Year 2 and Year 5 classes are offered the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities to help with the organisation of the school day.
Year 5 Prefects are responsible for encouraging the safe movement of children, parents and staff around school. Some are allocated to the computer laboratory where they are responsible for checking the systems first thing in the morning and making sure that the room is kept tidy. Another key role for prefects is the maintenance of the two library areas as effective resources for the other children and staff; ensuring that the books are stored neatly and according to the organisational system in place. Prefects are also responsible for checking that the playground games equipment is ready at the beginning of breaks and ensuring that it is put away safely and securely. The final role of the prefects is to assist staff and parents during extra-curricular events such as plays and curriculum evenings.
Year 2 Prefects are responsible for the collection, distribution and tidying away of the sports equipment each break time.
The Student Council
The Student Council was formed in order to give our students a 'voice' and allow them to discuss the development of the School from the children's points of view. The Council consists of two class members, one boy and one girl, from Reception to Year 5. In order to share this opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills, the members change each term. The Council meetings take the form of a working lunch on alternate Tuesdays. They are overseen by our four 'STARS', or Support Teachers with Additional Responsibilities, but the meeting is run by the children themselves through a Chairperson and Secretary from Year 5, who also draw up the agenda and maintain the minutes. Any points of discussion or decisions made are fed back to the rest of the student body through class PSHE lessons, the Student Council notice board and items presented in assemblies.