We have a disciplined and ordered community in which all children learn and feel safe, irrespective of ethnic, religious background, appearance, sexuality or ability. Everybody feels valued and respected and all are fairly and consistently treated. We encourage a responsible attitude amongst pupils where self-discipline and an awareness of others are a priority. Small classes allow our pupils to have a close and friendly working relationship of mutual respect with other pupils and with staff.
Our pupils understand our standards of behaviour and our system of rewards and sanctions, and that with rights come responsibilities. Pupils, staff and parents understand their role in contributing to our stimulating, caring and secure environment. We promote and foster close links with parents who are encouraged to discuss any issues on the telephone, via email or call into school at any time.
We have easily understood guidelines and expectations for improvement and use proportionate sanctions. We encourage pupils to adopt positive attitudes and values such as consideration, honesty and respect for others. We believe that praise, rewards and good modelling are more effective than punishment in motivating pupils.
We have a policy of ‘Assertive Discipline’. Pupils have the opportunity to amend their behaviour before a sanction is issued. A pupil should be given a warning in the first instance, followed by a reprimand and asked to speak briefly to the teacher at the end of the lesson. If their behaviour continues the teacher should inform the Deputy Head or the Headteacher who will apply the most proportionate sanction. On occasions, behaviour may escalate or be more serious, in which case a pupil’s parents/carers may be contacted or they may be removed either to another room to be supervised by another member of staff, a TA or to see the Headteacher.
We promote and reward good behaviour through positive role modelling, the use of praise, allocating positions of responsibility, school rules and house point system, acknowledgement of achievement in assemblies, reports, parent’s evenings and subject awards such as ‘Historian of the week’.
Our school rules:
- Pupils are polite, kind, respectful and thoughtful at all times.
- Pupils are proud to wear the school uniform correctly.
- Pupils will be properly equipped for every lesson. E.g. calculators, geometry set, PE kit, cookery ingredients etc.
- If pupils choose to wear single stud ear rings and watches, they remove them for safety reasons in appropriate lessons. Any other jewellery is not allowed unless it’s is for religious reasons.
- Pupils only wear clear nail varnish, natural make up or hair colour. None of these are allowed for the prep school.
- Pupils remain in the school grounds at all times, unless permission is given to leave the premises, so that senior staff know where pupils are.
- Pupils are tolerant of other cultures, religions and faiths.
- Pupils name their clothing and possessions to allow a swift return of lost items.
- Pupils take responsibility for their own valuables and possessions and keep them locked away in the lockers provided.
- Pupils look after our working environment and respect the belongings of other people. Pupils don’t waste or damage things.
- If brought to school, mobile phones are silenced and locked in personal lockers from 8.45am until school finishes. They must not be looked at throughout the day unless requested to do so by a teacher. Pupils must not contact their parents or anybody else throughout the day, in an emergency the office will make a phone call for them. Prep children hand in their phones to class teachers.
- Pupils keep to the left and walk quietly and safely up and down the stairs. Pupils show respect by standing when teachers and visitors enter the room and do not sit until given permission.
- Pupil’s homework is signed by a parent or guardian and given in on time to allow us to make maximum progress.
- Pupils will be punctual to school. Absence during term time will be allowed for medical reasons or in exceptional circumstances when prior permission has been sought from the Headteacher in writing. After pupils are absent from school for illness, pupils bring a note from their parent or guardian which is to be given to the administration office (seniors) and class teachers (prep), to be kept on file.
Wherever possible we encourage pupils to reflect on poor behaviour and make amends where possible.
We use sanctions that are reasonable and appropriate, including: removal of reward from reward system, one-to-one admonishment, removal from the group or lesson, withdrawal of break and/or lunchtimes, withdrawal of privileges, confiscation of inappropriate material, removal from school trips or other extra-curricular activity, carrying out a useful task within the school community, detention. More serious misbehaviour might involve more serious sanctions such as interview with parents, fixed-term exclusion or permanent exclusion. These measures will only be sanctioned if we feel that all reasonable avenues have been followed. Sanctions take into account the pupil’s level of understanding, ethnicity, age, disability and gender.
Teachers may issue late homeworks, a poor behaviour mark or a detention for a range of reasons. Teachers have the right to detain pupils at break or at lunchtime, or for up to 10 minutes at the end of the day, without notifying parents/carers*. If a detention is for more than 10 minutes, or at a time when the school is normally closed, parents/carers must have 24 hours notice. Detentions should be organised with the parent/carer via phone call, email or letter. The timing and length of detention should be appropriate to the misdemeanour.
*Prep School detentions at break or lunchtime only
Should a pupil fail to comply with a detention, further, more serious sanctions may be issued.
On some occasions it may be appropriate to exclude the pupil from school although this is the last resort. If the pupil is removed from their normal breaks and lessons, and works in isolation for the day, enabling them to continue with their school work they are still serving the exclusion without them missing their education which is a preferred punishment.
Review frequency: bi-annually
Date of last review: September 2016