Building Relationships

A community functions and succeeds because of strong relationships.

Several of the initiatives at Carr Manor Community School are focused on building and working on these relationships.

At our last inspection, Ofsted said: "The relationships between staff and pupils are extremely positive."

One way in which we achieve that success is through restorative practice. To build trust and community, we have adopted this particular way of working with each other. Restorative practice ensures we offer a high level of support to pupils and staff, as well as challenging teaching and learning to improve performance and outcomes.

Conversations between pupils and staff based on these principles means that everyone is aware of what is expected and what is acceptable, as well as what can be done to resolve any difficulties. Since restorative practice was taken up at Carr Manor Community School, attendance has increased and the number of exclusions has fallen. We see this as a result of the stronger relationships forged through an increased level of respect and understanding and a better way of working together. Pupils can therefore enjoy and achieve in their learning.

Character for Learning

Another aspect of school life is our 'Crew Characteristics' badges, which recognise members of the school community who are taking on and developing a leading role in the 'crew'.

The Crew Characteristic badges were implemented into our school to provide staff and pupils the opportunity to nominate others when they felt they had excelled what was expected of them. When five nominations are received, an enamel badge is then given to acknowledge this achievement. Below are the 8 different badges that can be awarded:


Stickers are also awarded to pupils who have shown a positive attitude to learning and who continue to show Character for Learning traits.