We believe that providing engaging and purposeful lessons and extra-curricular activities in school that are supported by praise and encouragement help prevents unacceptable behaviour.
Pupils are taught that behaviour is a choice. Learning to make the right choices is part of growing up and we expect that from time to time pupils will make mistakes in school. Pupils will learn that choosing to do what they know is right, or choosing to do what they know is wrong naturally causes positive or negative consequences depending on their choice. We aim to create a positive learning culture, and we believe pupils thrive with plenty of praise and we expect to be able to reward much more than sanction.
In order to achieve the best learning environment we must ensure order and discipline in and around school. Pupils must know their boundaries and learn quickly what is and is not acceptable. Sanctions are sometimes necessary and when they are applied they will be done so fairly and consistently. We shall ensure serious matters are investigated thoroughly and promptly and we shall communicate effectively with parents, providing appropriate support for pupils when necessary.
Sanctions will cover a range of measures. The policy is to operate the normal school sanctions including detentions after school and at lunchtime:
- Class Teacher/Form Tutor 15 minutes first time/30 minutes second time
- Head of Faculty/|Year 1 hour after school (24 hrs notice)
- School Detention 1 hour 30 minutes on Friday (24 hrs notice)
- Saturday School Detention 2 hours (24 hrs notice)
(Repeated failure to complete homework or escalation of behavioural concern)
Pupils who blatantly disregard the code of behaviour expected of them may be temporarily or permanently excluded from school. In such cases, parents/ carers will be kept fully informed and involved. Pupils who persistently defy the Code of Conduct are likely to be referred to the Governors’ Pupil Disciplinary Committee. Occasions may arise when external agency involvement or temporary transfer to another local school may be the most appropriate course of action.
Parental consent is not required for detentions. Detentions form part of the school’s sanctions system. Most detentions are conducted during school hours, but there may be occasions when pupils are required to attend detention after school or at weekend. In this case parents / carers will be notified 24 hours before the detention if the detention exceeds 30 minutes. However, we like to deal with matters promptly therefore the school will attempt to arrange with parents/carers for the detention to be held on the same day if longer than 30 minutes. Staff will consider whether the detention is reasonable on the grounds that it does not compromise the safety of the pupil or any caring responsibilities s/he may have outside school, or whether suitable travel arrangements can be made (not whether it is inconvenient for the parent / carer).