Rather than just the organisation of children’s behaviours, at Kirk Hallam we aim to instil a clear culture in all of our scholars where learning comes first. The definition of a culture is ‘The ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society’. To do this, we have created a number of cultural references that, when achieved, will enable all members of our school community to achieve excellent outcomes and exceptional results.

These cultural references are our use of PRIDE-positive behaviours and actions that will add to the cultural capital of all scholars, give everyone a sense of belonging and a means of gaining academic excellence through improving learning.


We want our scholars to work with purpose, to know what is expected of them and to then do it. We will reward scholars for completing their homework, for working hard consistently and doing their job. Our prime purpose is learning.


We want our scholars to act with respect. This means respecting each other, respecting our environment, including our physical environment, and following our routines. We treat each other with respect so that we can build an excellent school together, where learning comes first.


We want our scholars to be intelligent. This intelligence is about learning new ideas and skills in the classroom, but also about being intelligent in how we approach situations and interact with people to ensure that nothing interferes with learning.


We want our scholars to be determined. We won’t always get things right first time, but we have to have the confidence to keep going, and the grit to keep trying. We know that learning often comes through making mistakes, what is important is that we learn from them.


We want our scholars to be excellent. Excellence means becoming extremely good at something. When we teach anything, it is in the expectation that learning will be extremely good, that behaviour will be extremely good and that our outcomes will be extremely good.

As we work through the week, our scholars will be rewarded for the behaviours that demonstrate Kirk Hallam PRIDE. Scholars receive a credit called a Pride Coin. On the flip-side of this, where scholars make mistakes, they will receive a debit.

We call these credits and debits because they will be recorded on a programme called Kickboard. Just like wages, this creates a bank balance that students will be able to add to and spend in a reward shop at break and lunch times. Each week scholars will receive a paycheque to demonstrate their work over the week which they will be able to bring home with them.

Our teachers and all adults have been trained to ensure that they are positive with our scholars and reward positive behaviours when they are seen. Adults at Kirk Hallam show respect to our students through their high expectations, fairness and consistency.

Our culture is embedded within our Kirk Hallam Academy Code.
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