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We take the following measures to positively reinforce good attendance amongst our pupils:

  • Weekly attendance trophy handed out in Monday's Achievement assembly to the classes in Lower KS2, Upper KS2 and KS1 with the highest attendance figure.
  • This class is able to choose the music in the dining hall at lunchtime (subject to suitability!).
  • Any child with 100% attendance in any one week will receive a team point for their team, thus promoting an understanding of the benefit of individual actions for a whole team. 
  • At the end of each term, any children with 98% or more attendance for that term will have their names placed into a prize draw, the winners of which will be taken to a local bike shop to pick out a brand new bike!


To ensure the rare occurance of poor choices or negative behaviours, Thameside Primary will use good routines to avoid and minimise poor behaviour through:

  • Consistent and high expectations from all adults are modelled. For example -  presentation of self (appropriate to staff dress code and school uniform expectations), as well as in work books and folders (modelled through handwriting presentation on boards and displays), tone of voice used (no shouting) and conduct when moving around the school.
  • Class routines for transitions are clear and consistent. For example, hanging up coats and bags, changing from one lesson to another ad lining up before sport sessions or start of lessons.
  • School rules, class rules and the code of conduct are discussed, agreed upon (therefore giving pupils ownership), are displayed in all classrooms and are regularly referenced.
  • Classroom environments and teaching and learning resources are of good quality, fit for purpose and are well organised. 
  • Instructions are clear from all  adults to pupils and adults listen carefully to what pupils have to say.
  • Strategies, such as early morning activities, are used to maximise engagement and minimise poor behaviour/choices.
  • Pupils are encouraged to work as part of a team within the class as well as the wider school and community. 

negative/poor choices

Co-operative Values Awards are given weekly for each class. Nominations are made on the previous Friday and are linked to behaviours exemplifying any one or more of the six core       co-operative values:


values award

Praising and a system of rewards are more likely to change behaviour than blaming and punishment. Using a positive system of rewards will increase pupils' self-esteem and thus help them to achieve more.

At Thameside Primary we reward good behaviour, effort and attainment and encourage it to be repeated both immediately (through the use of Team Tokens and Team Points), and more formally through positive and good choices. 

All pupils are allocated to a House Team, named after four 2012 British Olympians. The whole school team points system is celebrated weekly in achievement assemblies, which run every Monday. Weekly totals are collected from classes by School Council representatives every Friday.

Pupils have an opportunity to earn Golden Time on a Friday afternoon by following Thameside's Golden Rules and Co-Operative Values.

our reward system

The pastoral team consists of a Learning Mentor, Attendance Officer, Behaviour Improvement Co-ordinator, School Social Worker, Family Support Worker, EAL Family Support Worker. 

The team work in collaboration with outside agencies, staff and parents alike in order to ensure our pupils are supported consistently throughout their time at Thameside. 

We do not just focus on the pupils' education, but on each person as a whole.

Thameside Primary provides an afterschool care provision for students every day from 3:15pm - 4.30pm.

At Thameside, we celebrate and focus on positive behaviours and emphasise consequences, not punishment. By doing this we hope that children develop self discipline by taking responsibility for their own actions. 

Consequences are fair, certain, consistent, known in advance and are logical and related to the unacceptable action.

Based on our Co-operative values of Self Help, Self Responsibility and Democracy, our learner entitlements are for:

  • Children to come to school ad feel happy, safe and secure in a calm and positive environment.
  • Children to be respected and show respect to others and for their envionrment.
  • To enable all learners to fully achieve and develop through an effective learning environment.
  • Children to be challenged to improve their learning through effective planning and assessment.
  • Children to be encouraged to have a sense of independence and allowing children to have a say in decisions. 

Pastoral care at Thameside Primary School is central to our pupils' development. We believe that providing a framework of care and support for our pupils will assist them in their academic and social development throughout their school life.

We take great pride in the quality of our pastoral care and Ofsted have said,
"The overwhelming majority of students say that they feel well cared for, supported and safe in school and that their parents and carers have strongly endorsed this view".


Our pastoral system 

behaviour, attendance, care and support.