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Behaviour and safety at the Courtyard

The Courtyard, as part of St Mary Magdalene Academy, has the ethos of a Christian community for learning as the basis of the Behaviour Policy.

‘Show by a good life that your works are done by gentleness born of wisdom’ (James 3:13).

Individuals with ASD and/or SLCN can behave in ways that hinder their access to opportunities, restrict their social inclusion and adversely affect their education and quality of life. The Courtyard School recognises its role in teaching our pupils to behave appropriately in a social setting, which will help to prepare them for adult life.

We encourage good behavioural standards and social inclusion through a personalised behaviour programme that is set out in a clear code of conduct. We use a combination of routine, consistency, positive reinforcement, rewards and sanctions in a calm setting to prepare pupils for responsibilities of adult life. 

We follow the Academy’s House System to further support our pupils. Through this system pupils receive daily support from their Academy or Courtyard Guardian. Each year group receives further support from their Keyworker and is closely monitored by the Deputy (Behaviour and Safety).

The home school contract sets out our framework of expectations, with more detail laid out in the Behaviour policy.

The policy should be read in conjunction with the following policies:

Equal Opportunities


The pastoral team can be contacted using the main school number: 07940 551400.

Deputy (Behaviour and Safety): Louise Norman
Keyworker Year 13: Alison Rush
Keyworker Year 12: Simone Scott
Keyworker: Keith Thorogood
Keyworker: Naz Nahar
Keyworker: Cherina Dias
Keyworker: Mitchell Dole




Photo of pupils and staff at The Courtyard on a snowy World Book Day

World Book Day The Courtyard turns into a colourful literary festival as students and teachers dress up as their favourite fictional characters in honour of World Book Day