Behaviour Policy

See also: The Burgh Way


Children who have a healthy, challenging day should behave in a positive, thoughtful way. As pupils progress through the school, they should develop and demonstrate responsible behaviour at all times.

In class, pupils are expected to work and to co-operate with teachers and other pupils. In the playground, they are expected to play with others in an appropriate way according to their age and stage of development. The whole school community works hard to ensure a common understanding of the Golden Rules.

The Golden Rules at the Burgh encourage respect for yourself, respect for others and respect for property. The school encourages and actively promotes honesty and fairness. There are six Golden Rules:

  1. Do be gentle
  2. Do be kind
  3. Do work hard
  4. Do look after property
  5. Do listen to people
  6. Do be honest

All of our behaviour policy is based around these six rules. No matter what has happened, a child’s behaviour choice can be linked back to these rules. Every pupil in the school is assigned to one of four houses – Dalrymple (green), Inveresk (yellow), Kilwinning (blue) and Mansfield (red). Siblings are kept in the same house to avoid any disharmony within families.

Pupils who do not behave appropriately in and around the school will, in the first instance, be verbally reprimanded for their lack of consideration. If a child continues to disregard the Golden Rules then this may result in the loss of a 38 house point. A member of the Management Team may have to contact parents if more than 3 house points are lost in one day and there is no improvement in the child’s behaviour.

Unacceptable behaviour includes disruption in the classroom, continued refusal to follow adult instruction and school rules, violent or aggressive behaviour in school or in the playground and use of abusive language.

Positive Behaviour

Our intention is to promote self-discipline and positive attitudes towards peer groups, adults and the wider school community. The following are to be positively encouraged: –

  • Good manners when speaking to others; please, thank you, excuse me, etc.
  • Holding doors open for adults and peers.
  • Responsible behaviour when moving around the school, the playground and on outings.
  • Older pupils given the opportunity to integrate with younger children in a helpful, caring way.
  • Respect for people and property.

Definition of Unacceptable Behaviour

  • Persistent disruptive behaviour.
  • Swearing or bad language in classroom or playground including offensive or discriminatory remarks concerning race, religion, gender and sexuality.
  • Physical violence to others or bullying. (see East Lothian’s Anti-Bullying Policy – Respect for All)
  • Unsafe behaviour around the school and playground or on outings.
  • Carelessness with equipment and furniture, particularly of the type that could endanger other pupils, e.g. pulling chairs away, damaging property.
  • Theft.
  • Spitting.
  • Misbehaviour on outings.


Teachers are responsible for the discipline of children within their own classrooms. They may occasionally need to refer a child to, or discuss his/her behaviour with, the Senior Management Team.

School staff are responsible for the safety of all children in the school and should, where necessary, take appropriate action e.g. stop children running in corridors, ask children to refrain from unsafe behaviour in the playground.

Specialist teachers – Art, PE, Music, French – are responsible for pupils in their care and should take appropriate disciplinary measures as and when required.

P1 – 7

In order for all pupils to know what these expectations are, we, as a whole school, will make sure the following procedures are in place.

  • Every classroom will have the Golden Rules on show at all times.
  • In each class, all four houses will begin the week with 10 house points.
  • These points (coloured counters) will be clearly visible in a prominent place within the classroom.
  • The house which has the most points at the end of each week will receive an extra playtime with access to the all-weather football pitch.

Class Teacher behaviour management strategies may include the following:

  • Look/Name
  • Initial verbal warning (with specific reference to the Golden Rule not being followed)
  • Final verbal warning
  • Loss of house point
  • Time-out within own classroom or, occasionally, sent to another classroom with work to complete
  • Discussion with parents/carers
  • On occasions where a child loses 3 or more house points in one day, they will be referred to a member of the Senior Management Team.

Earning back lost house points:

If a pupil shows an awareness of the Golden Rule they have broken, and their behaviour is suitably modified, then lost house points can be earned back. The responsibility for this lies with the child.

Senior Management Team strategies:

  • Playtime/lunchtime detention.
  • Phone call to parents/carers.
  • Request meeting with parents/carers.
  • Letter to parents/carers.
  • Temporary exclusion.

In spontaneous cases of serious indiscipline:

  • Head teacher/Depute Head teacher to make contact with parent. Child may be excluded from school.
  • Head teacher and parents must always be informed immediately if a child leaves school without permission.