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Rewards

Pupils thrive on positive praise, encouragement and recognition for their hard work and efforts. Staff are encouraged to praise and reward pupils regularly on an informal basis, for example, verbally, a written comment or a telephone call home, or by way of a whole school system.  The most common form of reward in school is through the issuing of merits (Y7-9) and Achievement Points (Y10). These rewards carry a currency. Merits can be used to purchase items from the school reward shop and Achievement Points contribute towards vouchers. There are also opportunities for pupils to be rewarded on more formal occasions, such as in assemblies, by the school leaders and the Headteacher, or at an Awards Evening.  Systems for developing rewards are developed through consultation with staff and pupils. Pupils are issued with a Behaviour for Learning (BfL) grade every lesson. This ranges from a 1 (outstanding) to a 4 (serious concern). Pupils who consistently achieve high standards of effort, progress, behaviour, attendance and punctuality are rewarded weekly in a star of the week reward assembly and half termly in an achievement assembly. In addition all staff send personalised postcards on a weekly basis to pupils who have excelled with different aspects of school life.

Sanctions

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.

We operate an 8 stage behaviour structure ranging from Stage 1 (form tutor/class teacher level) to Stage 8 (Governors Discipline Panel final warning):

  • There are 8 stages which escalate in seriousness from 1-8. Stage 8 is the final point where a pupil’s future at the school is considered.
  • We expect any pupil who is placed on stage 1 to put it right at that point rather than choosing to move through the stages.
  • It may be necessary to immediately escalate a pupil to a higher stage if the behaviour is serious enough, missing out early stages.
  • We have made some changes to detentions highlighted below
  • Parents and carers are involved throughout the process.
  • Except for stags 6-8, pupils are given a fresh start each term.

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 minute discussion
Head of Faculty45 minute detention
Head of Year1 hour detention after school
Senior Leadership Team Detention1 hour 30 minutes after school
Saturday School Detention2 hours (at least 24 hours notice)

(Saturday School detention is for repeated failure to complete homework, escalation of a behavioural concern or persistent lateness to school)

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 at least 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).

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