Policies at North Bridge House
North Bridge House is a happy community where teachers and pupils respect, help and care for each other. Our aim is to develop and stretch the minds of all pupils, regardless of ability or background. We strive to produce curious and independent thinkers who are unafraid of challenging, debating and exploring ideas, and who are equipped with the skills needed for adult life.
We believe that communication between the school, parents and pupils is vital in ensuring our students’ success, as well as their well-being. We take responsibility for the health and safety of all children in our care and are prepared to work in co-operation with any external agencies should the need arise.
We first prepare children for external examinations at 11+ (girls) and 13+ (boys), thus postponing exam pressures until an age at which children are better able to involve themselves in the process of choosing a secondary school. Pupils are however, able to complete their education at North Bridge House and are guaranteed a place within the group for every stage of their school career, providing they do not abuse the privilege.
Children with mild learning difficulties, or English as a second language, will be supported by extra help within the classroom from the teacher or assistant, and may have additional lessons with the Learning Support teacher if necessary.
North Bridge House is an unpretentious, civilised place where good behaviour and good manners are paramount. Although we are essentially a liberal school, there are clear and absolute boundaries: bullying or disruptive classroom behaviour will not be tolerated. We are a non-denominational school and seek to encourage pupils of all faiths and cultures to understand the difference between right and wrong, to believe in values that matter and to develop their own self-discipline.
Our policies for each school can be found by following these links:
Together we can stop bullying and create safe environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn. Cognita Schools has signed up to eradicate bullying in our schools, working in partnership as an associate member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA); based at the renowned charity, the National Children’s Bureau in London. ABA is a coalition of organisations and individuals working together to stop bullying. ABA coordinates anti-bullying week each November and is the national voice for evidence-based practice in this field. We access specialist training for all our schools, respect difference and welcome diversity. Our schools’ anti-bullying policies support the values of ABA. We believe that bullying in any form is wrong and should not be tolerated. It is a behaviour choice and anyone can be encouraged to change their behaviour. We believe that children have the right to feel safe, secure and valued and that creating a safe environment and dealing with bullying is everyone’s responsibility. We support a range of positive strategies in our schools to tackle and prevent bullying. We actively challenge the use of humiliation, fear, ridicule and other similar approaches. Our policy is implemented whenever the school is responsible for the conduct and welfare of children. As successful schools, we create an environment that prevents bullying from being a serious problem in the first place. Schools that excel at tackling bullying have created an ethos of good behaviour where pupils treat one another and school staff with respect because they know it is the right way to behave.
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