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✨ Here’s some of our wonderful choir children singing some tunes at the Christmas Market yesterday 🎄 🎶 pic.twitter.com/0CrOBiW7Fp

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🎅🏻 Thank you everyone who came to see us at our Christmas Market yesterday! What a wonderful way to get into the festive mood! 🎄 pic.twitter.com/On2O5tfgWQ

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Happy Saturday! 🎅🏻 Just a reminder that our Christmas market will be on from 12pm-4pm today!⛄️ Wrap up warm and come and join us! 🎄 pic.twitter.com/gTG3le4gYQ

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🍫☕ Well done to our pupils who celebrated their achievements this week with a hot chcolate with Mrs Wade! Keep up the hard work! 💚 pic.twitter.com/yEIOX1lld9

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🎅 The Christmas cheer continues as Santa arrived at and was greeted with high fives before handing out the presents 🤚 🎁 🎄#SantaVlog pic.twitter.com/gSINBkBXu8

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🎄✨ We are very much looking forward to seeing many of you at our Christmas Market this Saturday! 🎄✨ Today is the last day to buy Santa’s Grotto tickets after school 🧑‍🎄 Raffle tickets will also be on sale today ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/qFPD4qsiYe

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🐰 🦄 Rabbits and Unicorns Class had a great time in PE this morning. They buddied up and worked on their gymnastics skills together! 🤸 pic.twitter.com/G6WDVsiUFj

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❗SCHOOL TOUR BOOKING DEADLINE TOMORROW 12PM 👪 We're looking forward to welcoming families to view our school on Wednesday 22nd November🕘 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:00am time slots available🌐 Book online: https://t.co/OJaHzaR5Wm pic.twitter.com/JxBwJkXD6m

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💛 What a lovely, colourful way to end the week celebrating Thank you for all your donations - we raised a total of £159💛 pic.twitter.com/8salO1jG2t

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❗SCHOOL TOUR 👪 We're looking forward to welcoming families to view our school🗓️ Wednesday 22nd November🕘 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:00am time slots available🌐 Book online: https://t.co/OJaHzaR5Wm pic.twitter.com/JOg7l0O6RU


❗SCHOOL TOUR 👪 We're looking forward to welcoming families to view our school🗓️ Wednesday 22nd November🕘 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:00am time slots available🌐 Book online: https://t.co/XbHt7VeisZ

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🐞📚 Look who’s been spotted in the library! The Ladybirds class love to curl up with good books and good friends. pic.twitter.com/oLhCk5b8nH

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In keeping with , our nursery pupils showed their respect by creating their own poppies 🌹 🪖 pic.twitter.com/75TQjkdySk

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TOMORROW!Open Evening from 4:00pm - 6:00pmWe're looking forward to welcoming prospective families to view our school pic.twitter.com/wuAhPYJKcv

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TOMORROW!Open Evening from 4:00pm - 6:00pmWe're looking forward to welcoming prospective families to view our school pic.twitter.com/G1Qub5ggCh

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☕️ Mr Girvan was delighted to be the host for our event, rewarding our pupils for their hard work pic.twitter.com/n73sFHMrGX

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📢 Meet Cooks Spinney's new Head Pupil Team!🤝 Our Head Boy and Head Girl, along with the Deputy Head Boy and Head Girl pic.twitter.com/h3WOMoYCkw

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❓There are still tickets available for our Family Quiz Night this Friday ❗️Children and adults are invited to take part in the quiz and compete for the cash prize!There will be a table of teachers also competing!Tickets will be on sale today in the dining hall after school. pic.twitter.com/wjKniNEubG

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OPEN EVENINGWe're looking forward to welcoming prospective families to view our school on Wednesday 8th November. The event runs from 4:00pm - 6:00pm pic.twitter.com/oqL4bHi02N


🥁🎹🎤🎸 More rockin' and rollin' with the crew. ⭐️ Stars of the future! pic.twitter.com/VS0zglVdTq

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Behaviour & Relationships

Cooks Spinney has four principles for relationships and behaviour which underpin our approach:

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Cooks Spinney Primary Academy and Nursery are committed to the idea that every child matters:


  • We aim to encourage a positive attitude to learning within a safe, happy environment.
  • We promote high expectations and enable pupils to become independent responsible learners.
  • We encourage a sense of respect for our community and our environment.
  • We believe that clear, consistent routines and systems are essential to support children’s development and ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone in our school community.
  • Cooks Spinney and BMAT are committed to the prevention of all forms of bullying – This is outlined further in the BMAT Behaviour policy and BMAT Anti-bullying policy available here - www.bmat-trust.org/ 


Restorative approaches encourage pupils to think not only of the consequences of their behaviour on themselves, but also to consider the impact of their actions on others. The process at Cooks Spinney is based on four questions:

  • What happened?
  • How were you feeling at the time?
  • Who has been effected?
  • How can we put things right?

These questions also form the basis of our ‘Reflection Sheet’. Pupils are asked to complete reflection sheets following incidents.


Restorative processes do not shy away from applying consequences, such as loss of privileges, but focus on the need to take responsibility an find a constructive way forward for all concerned such as a sincere apology followed by an act of kindness.  


It must be remembered that pupils will not be ready to engage in reflection until they are in a calm state. To help pupils return to a calm state, staff avoid raising voices or passing immediate judgement. Staff remaining calm will enable pupils to return to a calm state much more quickly; then the reflection and learning process can begin.  


At Cooks Spinney, pupils should always have the opportunity to reflect on their actions without judgment. They are then given the chance to put things right through mediation and discussion.


The impact of this approach is evident in the relationships forged throughout the school. The strategies involved, which include active listening, respectful discussion and taking ownership of issues, result in a positive ethos.


At Cooks Spinney, staff are nurturing, responsive and reliable to pupils. By building positive relationships with pupils, staff can: raise self-esteem, deal with unwanted behaviour in a constructive and non-confrontational manner, and help pupils feel valued and secure. 


Bruce Perry (2017) states – ‘The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely they will be to thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.’


Routines allow our pupils to feel secure and safe. Research shows, when children feel secure and safe, they are more resilient and better equipped to cope with stress. Cooks Spinney promotes routines across the school day including the use of visual timetables in every classroom.


At the start of the school day (an important time for pupils to settle), Cooks Spinney uses a securing routine of; register, free breakfast, daily mile and assembly before the main lessons begin at 9.30am. For most pupils, this routine adds to their feeling of security and will proactively reduce stress and anxiety which may lead to unwanted behaviour.




Effort points are rewarded at the class teacher's discretion for children making a positive move forward in their learning or behaviour.


Teachers are responsible for keeping a record of effort points awarded for each pupil and updating pupils on their progress.


Effort points are converted into Pips. Pupils are rewarded stickers by their Teacher or Head Teacher for each Pip.


Three Pips lead to an Achievement Apple (a pin badge pupils can proudly wear on their school uniform). 


Achievement Apples (in the form of pin badges) are awarded in Friday's Achievement Assembly and families are invited along to share this special award. Peers are invited to stand up and tell the whole school why the person deserves their apple.  


As a guide, apples are generally awarded in the following year groups, however this will depend upon behaviour and attitude to learning for each individual pupil:


Reception – Purple Apple

Year 1 – Yellow Apple

Year 2 – Orange Apple

Year 3 – Green Apple

Year 4 – Red Apple

Year 5 – Silver Apple

Year 6 – Gold Apple (+ Privilege Card for exceptional behaviour)




  • 3 x pips awarded by the Teacher leads to a sticker 1, awarded by Class Teacher.

  • 3 x pips awarded by the Teacher leads to a sticker 2, awarded by Head of Key Stage.

  • 3 x pips awarded by the Teacher leads to a sticker 3. At sticker 3 – the pupil comes to the Head Teacher to receive a Sticker 3 and an invitation to receive their apple pin badge.

  • An invitation is sent home to parents, via the child, to come to the Friday achievement Assembly for the presentation.


The system repeats itself so there are 3 stickers throughout the year (roughly one per term), leading to the next colour apple, finally to the golden apple, by Year 5 or 6.


Once a pupil has achieved a golden apple, they are entitled to earn, via three more pips, a privilege card from the Headteacher. 





Although our main form of reward and recognition is effort points, we allow teachers the autonomy to manage their classrooms in the best way they feel meets the needs of their pupils. Therefore, you may see teachers and support staff using ‘in-class’ systems such as table points, notes home etc.


Each week, the school praises children for effort and hard work during Friday’s Achievement assembly.


Children are chosen by staff to receive awards for the following:


  • School Values Award (Gold Book)
  • Achievement Apples and Privilege Cards
  • Any sporting awards (presented by the PE Team)
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