Hide Search Bar

Twitter Wall

Twitter Image


Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted

🖌️ Enterprise week is an event where pupils can use their creative sides and business minds⚖️ Classes are competing to develop a product to sell to the public🪙 Money made will go towards a charity of the winning classes choice🗓️ Wednesday 28th June at pic.twitter.com/iXS7XrPibf

Twitter Image


📢 Breakfast Club is now Available!🥣 Cereal, Toast and refreshments available🕒 7:45am - 8:45am Monday - Friday💳 £3 per pupil📄 To book, visit the ParentPay website: https://t.co/vSwnwPJnGZ pic.twitter.com/LY37MLQDqa


🔥 What a way to end a half term!This morning we were joined by Joe Wicks for a full school work out!Thank you to all the staff and parents who joined in with the children.Thank you for all your continued support, have a lovely half term break! 🌞 pic.twitter.com/UpgdQDg5g1


Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted

👑 HAPPY & GLORIOUS!🇬🇧 The Great British weather couldn't dampen spirits as our primary schools held celebration events to mark The Coronation of King Charles III pic.twitter.com/G8pf893cDz


Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted

🐰 Did you spot the BMAT Bunny out and about delivering eggs to our schools?☀️ We hope you're all enjoying the break.🐥 Thank you to and Comfort Aquatics for your contributions to our egg run. pic.twitter.com/YxrQl54bDB


Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted

📢 We're Hiring! have a vacancy for a Class Teacher📝 For a job description and application details, please visit our websitehttps://t.co/FrJClz95qV

Twitter Image


Teachers are looking younger these days. As are office assistants and site managers. Pupils applied for and took on new roles as part of Careers Week.https://t.co/K8EMXEIeoT

Twitter Image


To celebrate the end of Careers Week, the children had the opportunity to apply for job positions around the school and become part of the Cooks Spinney staff. They all did a fantastic job and kept the staff in check. pic.twitter.com/WD85pUma1d


Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted

On International we’re celebrating Amber Wade 🎉 From Trainee Teacher to Head of School at 👏 pic.twitter.com/2pEPzPmO9z


Thank you, Sue, for all you do here at Cooks Spinney! https://t.co/vd4QYJR8NU

Twitter Image


Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted

Notice:All BMAT Schools are open as usual this morning. Teams have been working to ensure sites are accessible and safe. ❄️If anything changes schools will contact parents directly. Please take care travelling to and from school and wrap up warm. ⛄️ pic.twitter.com/VPZayVxJ9a

Twitter Image


Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted

Really enjoyed talking to the students at Cooks Spinney primary school about journalism as part of their careers week. Great questions on what it’s like to be a journalist - and plenty of interest in Harry Kane, Alligators and the war in Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/Pv42yvedHl

Twitter Image


We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating ! The children had a fantastic day taking part in different activities based on the teachers' favourite books. Thank you to all of the families for the wonderful costumes! Have a lovely weekend and we'll see you on Monday! pic.twitter.com/lh3VGdHyCc

Twitter Image


Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted

As part of our strategy, we have launched our SEND parent forum.Find out more here 👇https://t.co/sX63K3tvD1

Twitter Image


Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted

It's tomorrow!👀 Keep an eye on our socials throughout the day to see what's happening in our schools 📚 pic.twitter.com/hkBFxvPbo0

Twitter Image


We brought 2 teams to The Girls Tag Rugby Festival at The Harlow Rugby Club today. Both teams did amazingly well. Students played 4 games each against different schools. We are so proud of their performances.Miss Jordan pic.twitter.com/RSfeeeJ6Tm

Twitter Image


Amazing Architects in Year 1!Jayden built this fantastic bridge as part of the Year 1 study into famous architects. pic.twitter.com/yKsNBcv1gQ

Twitter Image


Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted

‼️TENDER OPPORTUNITY‼️BMAT Education are inviting tenders for out of school hours hire of (Harlow) swimming pool 🏊 April '23 - Aug '26.For full details and tender pack please visit https://t.co/Qw7TwEWwjQ pic.twitter.com/Bo3ZNoHrbp

Twitter Image


Cooks Spinney Primary Academy & Nursery Retweeted

🕑 The deadline to apply for a primary school place in Essex is Sunday 15th January.💻You can apply online at https://t.co/mSPxT0TdTV🌟 Harlow🌐 Harlow🌳 Harlow🏰 Stansted Mountfitchet🌳 Roydon pic.twitter.com/TkDxQXa1Ue

Twitter Image


Dear parents/carers, This half term we are running an exciting competition that we hope all the children in the school will get involved in.Please see the attached poster for full details. We look forward to seeing your photos! Good luck! pic.twitter.com/bXwsasRdAk

BMAT Logoclose

Outstanding Education

Supporting primary and secondary schools across Essex and North & East London, BMAT is a growing multi-academy trust with a singular vision: schools, teachers and pupils freed to succeed.

Visit BMAT

Behaviour & Relationships

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

Behaviour and Relationships Principles image


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)
School website by Cleverbox