Our pastoral care and behaviour management are based on the belief that a positive culture of praise, encouragement and support of pupils is likely to ensure the most effective environment in which to promote good relationships and enhance pupil motivation and achievement.
Rewards are one means of achieving a positive ethos. They have a motivational role in helping pupils to realise that good behaviour is valued. Integral to the system of rewards is the emphasis on praise, both formal and informal to individuals and to groups. Rewards may be given in the form of achievement points, certificates, letters home, vouchers and activities.
We believe that bad behaviour should never interfere with learning. As a school we have a responsibility to teach our pupils values and good character. We will do this by rewarding desirable behaviour with praise and tangible rewards and also by imposing consistent and clear sanctions for unacceptable behaviour. Pupils feel safe with boundaries and it is the job of the school to provide these. The school will be relentless in its expectations of the behaviour or our pupils.
Teachers, teaching assistants and other paid staff with responsibility for pupils have the power to discipline pupils whose behaviour is unacceptable, who break the school rules or fail to follow a reasonable instruction.
Their power to discipline applies to pupil behaviour when the pupil is:
- In school;
- On any school-organised or school-related activity;
- Travelling to or from school;
- Wearing the school uniform;
- In some other way identifiable as a pupil at the school.
Detentions can be issued by any member of staff and may take place at break, lunchtime or after school. Parental consent is not required in order for their child to attend a detention. In most cases parents will be informed that their child has an extended after school detention before it is carried out, however, notice may not be necessary for a break, lunchtime or short after school detention. A pupil who fails to attend a detention will be referred to a senior member of staff who will issue a longer detention.
Pupils who bring mobile phones and other electronic devices to school must not use them in school buildings; unless a member of staff gives permission for a device to be used for a specific educational task eg. use of camera phones in Art. Items noticed will be confiscated and stored securely. They will be returned only at the end of the school day. Should pupils repeatedly have items confiscated their Head of House can retain the item and only return it to the pupil’s parent/guardian.
The school’s behaviour policy is intentionally detailed. This is so that staff pick up on “small” misbehaviours because authority is more meaningfully exerted at this point rather than when misbehaviour is more serious. There may be rare times when parents/carers do not agree with the chosen consequence. In such cases, while the school may be willing to discuss the matter we trust that parents/carers will support the school’s decision.