Behaviour and rewards
Our full Behaviour and Rewards policy is available on our policies page. Below is a summary of the key points.
What you told us
The strong message that came from our last parental survey was that:
- you want school to be a safe, calm place where your child can focus on their learning,
- you want students to be recognised and rewarded for consistently doing the right thing.
This has also been echoed in our discussions with students.
The overwhelming majority of our students are well behaved and do what is expected of them – often going well beyond this and doing fantastically well. We want to recognise this by introducing a new approach to managing behaviour called ‘Positive Discipline’.
‘Positive Discipline’ means:
- A rewards-led system.
- A calm and purposeful environment, all the time, every day.
- Self-managing students who are ambitious, ready, kind and safe.
- No low-level disruption to lessons.
- Crystal clear expectations and structures consistently implemented at every level and at every stage of the school day.
What this means on a practical level
To make this work we have to make some changes in how the school runs. These are detailed below.
We will give every student a paper planner in September which will contain their timetable, space to record home learning, and a page for each week to record ARKS points and behavioural comments.
Planners will support students to be more organised and will allow for clearer communication between home and school. Students will be expected to bring their planner to school every day, and have it out on their desk in very lesson. They are a key part of our new approach.
A set of equipment for every student
We want to ensure that students are ready to learn in their lessons. Having the right equipment is key to this, so we have decided to provide every student with a free pack which includes:
- A black pen.
- A purple pen.
Students will still need to provide a pencil case and a scientific calculator.
Building on our work this year with ARKS points, we want to ensure that students are fairly and consistently rewarded for getting the basics right – and then for going beyond this. This will be done by issuing stamps on the appropriate page in their student planner.
In essence, one stamp is for getting the basics right (being prepared and ready for learning); two stamps are for going beyond this (with their learning but also with how they treat others); three stamps are for going above and beyond (in and out of lessons).
Students will be able to exchange their ARKS points/stamps for rewards. Suggestions have included free cookies, educational equipment, queue passes, sports equipment and retail vouchers. We will be consulting students further about this over the coming weeks.
Later start to the school day
From September 2019 the school day will begin at 08.45, which is 15 minutes later than at present. The school site will still be open to students from 07.45, and during this time our new library will be open for students to study in, the restaurant will serve breakfast, and morning clubs/revision sessions will run. The school day will still end at 14.45.
Changes to lunchtimes
In order to allow for better supervision of students at lunchtime, and to ensure students do not have to wait in lengthy queues to buy food, lunchtimes will be split as follows:
- 12.15 – 12.45: Years 11 and 9
- 12.45 – 13.15: Year 7
- 13.15 – 13.45: Years 10 and 8
Students will spend their lunchtime in the dining hall, in the outside dining area immediately outside of the dining hall, or can play games on the astro-turf. The rest of the school will be off-limits at lunchtime, as students in other year groups will be in classes, learning.
We will use the front entrance to the site only
From September 2019, the only access to school site will be through the gate at the front of school, which will be known as our ‘Ready Gate’.
Our later start time will allow students arriving on the tram to walk around to the front gate. All students will be welcomed at the front gate by Senior and Pastoral staff who will check uniform and equipment, and ensure any issues relating to preparedness for the school day are addressed before lessons start.
We will not allow mobile phones, earphones and smartwatches to be used on the school site
Educational research shows that mobile devices are a distraction to learning and have a negative impact on children’s mental health. Our students have also told us about the negative effects of constantly checking their devices.
Therefore, any mobile phones, earphones or smartwatches seen/heard by staff will be confiscated; parents/carers will have to attend school to collect the item.
We appreciate that you want to stay in touch with your child and they will still be able to contact you once school has ended and they are off site. As is the case currently, any important communications can be sent via our reception team.
Behavioural comments in planners
Staff will write comments in student planners about any issues with behaviour, uniform, equipment and punctuality. This will enable you to track behaviour in school more closely.
Behavioural comments can lead to sanctions – such as after-school detentions (1 hour), ‘Lesson Remove’ or ‘School Remove’. We will be sending more information about the detail of these over the coming weeks.
Action to improve punctuality
Lateness to school will result in a one-hour after-school detention on the next school day.