Behaviour, Detentions & School Rules
Good order and discipline are essential to the provision of a high standard of education. Effective teaching and learning can only take place in a well ordered environment. The policy seeks to promote positive behaviour and:
- Provide students with a safe and orderly learning environment to assist them in achieving their full potential.
- Provide staff with an environment free from disruption.
Purposes of our Behaviour Procedure
- To promote good behaviour and discipline.
- To promote self-esteem, self-discipline, an appreciation of the consequences of their actions, proper regard for authority and positive relationships based on mutual respect.
- To ensure fairness of treatment for all.
- To promote early intervention to ensure students have the opportunity to achieve their potential.
- To provide a safe environment free from disruption, violence, bullying and any form of harassment.
- To empower staff to teach and manage student behaviour effectively and consistently.
- To encourage a positive relationship with parents/carers and involve them in the implementation of the policy.
The Math prides itself on being a well ordered school. We pay particular attention to the development of self-discipline, responsibility and courtesy. Our School Rules are relatively few in number but are implemented fairly and without favour.
The principle behind our School Rules is one of reasonableness and common sense, to ensure the safety and well-being of all pupils and the smooth running of the school.
Breaches of our School Rules (see below) will results in Consequences being invoked.
Teachers have a power to issue detention to pupils (aged under 18).
The school uses detentions as a consequence for behaviour that contravenes this policy and breaches our School Rules.
Parents and carers should be aware that parental consent is not required for detentions
Our consequences are designed to promote positive behaviour and create an ethos in which learners feel valued, cared for and safe.
Verbal warning – pupil off-task, inattentive or talkative
Failure to start work immediately
Verbal warning – combined with the use of other classroom management strategies, such as moving seat
Report back to the teacher at 3.10pm (maximum of 10 minutes – time used to discuss/modify behaviour)
Subject Teacher Detention – 30 or 45 minutes – for more serious behaviour/work issues
Head of Department Detention – 1 hour
failure to complete Subject Teacher Detentions, for more serious behaviour work/issues or where problems persist
Pastoral Detention – up to 1 hour
break and lunchtime isolation, issued by the pastoral staff for unacceptable behaviour.
Head of Year Detention – 1 hour
failure to complete C5 or C6, where problems are more serious or across a number of subjects.
Head of School Detention – 1 or more hours
failure to complete C7, serious breaches of school discipline or persistent problems
Saturday Detention – any duration
failure to complete C5-C8, serious breaches of school discipline or persistent problems.
Internal Exclusion – any duration
failure to attend C7-C9, verbal abuse of a member of staff, persistent non-cooperation, serious incidents of bullying/physical assault, pending the investigation of an incident.
Fixed Period Exclusion
in response to a serious breach, or persistent breaches, of the school's behaviour policy and behaviour management framework; and where allowing the pupil to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the pupil or others in the school.
Permanent Exclusion – will be considered for instances of persistent non-cooperation, physical assault of a member of staff, violent assault of another student, involvement with drugs and offensive weapons.
The school regards the following as very serious misbehaviour:
- Verbal/physical abuse of staff.
- Conduct that brings the school into disrepute.
- Persistent non-cooperation.
- Carrying an offensive weapon.
- Violent conduct.
- Involvement with illegal substances.
- Bullying – racist, sexist, homophobic – in all forms and means
- Inappropriate use of the internet (sent and received) that relates to pornography, bullying and language likely to cause offence.
- Smoking on school premises.
Involvement in any of the above should will be met with serious consequences i.e. C7 - 11.
This statement has been assessed with regards to its relevance to race and diversity equality. As a result of this assessment, it has been graded as having a high potential impact.
The principle behind these rules is one of reasonableness and common sense, to ensure the safety and well-being of all pupils and the smooth running of the school.
Attendance and Punctuality
- Pupils are expected to be punctual at all times and to ensure that their attendance is registered.
- Pupils are late if they arrive after 8.30am.
- If a pupil is late it is his or her responsibility to report to Reception / Office to sign the late book.
- Years 7 to 11 are confined to the site during school hours.
- The following areas are out of bounds:
- The grass spaces in front of the school.
- The car park in front of the pavilion and around the groundsman's hut.
- Any areas where cars are normally parked.
- Pupils are expected to behave in a responsible manner having due regard for the safety and welfare of others.
- At all times they are expected to be courteous, considerate and co-operative.
- Pupils must never act in any manner likely to bring discredit upon themselves or the good reputation of the school.
- Pupils are to treat others (students, staff, parents, visitors) as they wish to be treated themselves. Behaviour which stigmatises others or is the result of discrimination will not be tolerated.
- The school has a zero-tolerance policy with respect to illegal substances and weapons.
- These rules on conduct apply in school, while on the journey to or from school, while involved in any school activity such as a trip or sports fixture, or while out of school but wearing the uniform.
- Mobile phones should remain switched off and must not be used or visible around the school premises.
- Mobile phones, ‘smart’ phones, tablets or other mobile devices may be used in lessons only at the invitation of the class teacher. No such devices should be used or visible at any other time.
- If pupils make their ‘phones visible, or attempt to use them, during the school day at any time (except in a classroom at the invitation of the teacher), they should be confiscated. The item should be given to the relevant pastoral office (lower, middle, sixth form) who will contact parents. The phone will only be returned if collected by a parent.
- Staff are reminded that under no circumstances are pupils permitted to listen to music via a mobile phone or personal music players at any time throughout the school day.
- Pupils are expected to show concern and take a responsibility for the school environment.
- Litter must be placed in the bins provided.
Drugs and Offensive Weapons
The school has a zero-tolerance policy with respect to illegal substances. This applies in school, while on the journey to or from school or while involved in any school activity. Involvement with illegal substances, either through supply, possession or use, is a serious breach of the behaviour policy. As such, pupils who supply, use or possess illegal substances in school, while on the journey to or from school or while involved in any school activity risk permanent exclusion.
The school regards being in possession of an offensive weapon to be a serious breach of the behaviour policy. Any pupil who brings an offensive weapon into the school site, or carries one on the journey to or from school, or while involved in any school activity, risks permanent exclusion.
Where necessary, belongings may be searched. This will be in a private place with an adult witness.
- Conduct on social media, such as posting a picture or comment, which manifests itself in school, will be treated as if it occurred in school and be dealt with accordingly.
- Pupils must not make reference to school staff on social media.
- Pupils must not post or circulate pictures that have been taken on the school site, and/or show individuals in our school uniform.
Dress and Appearance
- All pupils must wear school uniform that accords with the current published specifications.
- Only black leather formal shoes may be worn.
- Uniform must also be worn in an appropriate and suitable manner.
- The wearing of any sort of jewellery or earrings apart from watches is considered inappropriate in a school and is prohibited. This includes the wearing of studs after ears have been pierced.
- School uniform regulations also apply on the journey to and from school, to sports fixtures and may also apply on official school visits.
- Extreme hairstyles and dying or bleaching of hair are not appropriate. In Years 7 to 11, hair should be worn smartly. It should not exceed collar length. The school regards hair very closely shaven, stark variations in length or ‘stepped’ hair to be undesirable. The relevant Head of School will make judgements on smartness.
- Facial hair is not allowed in any year except on cultural or religious grounds, and agreed by the relevant Head of School, in advance.
- Any pupil who arrives without the correct uniform is expected to report immediately to their Head of Year.
- All school meals served in the Dining Hall must be eaten in the Hall.
- Items from the ‘snack bar’ and packed lunches may be eaten in the picnic bench areas either side of the links corridor.
- Food is available in the café area of the Study Centre and should be eaten only in that area, not elsewhere in the Study Centre.
- When the field is in bounds, no food of any kind may be taken onto the field.
- No bags are allowed in the Hall, Hall Extension or vending machine area during lunchtimes. Bags may be taken into the Hall or Hall Extension at breaktime but not left unattended.
Movement around the Site
- Pupils are expected to follow regulations of the One Way System at all times, except during lessons when the system will be suspended ten minutes after the start of each lesson, or during a fire alarm.
- Coats may not be worn inside school buildings except at the end of the school day.
- Pedestrians must enter and exit the site by the middle gate only.
- Pupils may only bring bicycles on to the school grounds with the prior permission of the appropriate Head of School.
- Permission to bring motor vehicles onto the school grounds must be obtained from Reception.
- On buses, pupils are expected to behave in a sensible and considerate manner.
Pupils are expected to abide by all routine regulations including the following:
- Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the school or while travelling to and from school or at any other time or place while in uniform.
- Chewing-gum is not allowed in school.
- Alarms, extinguishers, evacuation cradles and the school lifts must not be interfered with.
- Smoking materials including matches and lighters must not be brought to school. Such items will not be returned if confiscated.
- Alcohol is not permitted on the school site.
- Pupils are expected to treat personal, private and public property with care.
- Any damage, however it is caused, must be reported immediately to a member of staff.
- Valuable items should not be brought into school. This includes i-pods/CD players, computer games, mobile phones and valuable watches. If in exceptional circumstances a valuable item needs to be brought in, it must be handed into Reception / Office for safekeeping. The school will not accept responsibility for any lost or stolen item.
- The buying and selling of any articles by pupils on the premises is not allowed.
- Smoking materials and alcohol must not be brought to school.
- Offensive weapons are strictly forbidden.
Use of Field
- In good weather the upper level of the field may be used at lunchtime. This covers an area from the top end of the field to a line which extends from the northern end of the rear playground.
- The cricket squares must be avoided.
- Eating and drinking is not allowed on the field at any time.
- Ball games are not allowed within 15 metres of the school buildings or the fence alongside Valley View Road.
- The field is the only area in the school where full-size footballs may be used.
Use of Playgrounds
- The area in front of Da Vinci is for Year 7 use only
- The cage area is not for pupil use.
- Ball games may be played with tennis balls only. Hockey sticks, cricket bats and tennis rackets may not be used.
- Unsupervised ball games may not be played after school.
School will be IN or OUT depending on the weather. An IN day will be signalled by sounding the pips twice at the end of Period 2 or Period 4.
If the school is OUT:-
No pupils will be allowed into the buildings at all between 1.20pm and 1.55pm unless they are:
- Reporting to a member of staff.
- Using an ICT room
- Going to the library.
- Going to the toilet
- Going to Reception / Office after 1.40pm.
If the school is IN:-
Pupils in Years 7 to 11 must remain in their designated wet weather rooms or go to the Hall. Pupils may not go to any classroom other than their assigned room and must sit down and behave sensibly there.
One Way System
The one way system is designed to ensure that movement around the site is as safe and congestion free as possible. It operates at all lesson change times including registration.
- The ground floor of Main block is one way from the Science block to the Hall. Students leaving lessons in Main block must exit via the Hall Links Corridor or the fire exit under the DOWN stairs. To move from ground floor rooms to the upper floors of Main block, students must exit via the Hall Links Corridor and re-enter the building at the UP stairs entrance.
- The front Stairs are UP only, while the back stairs are DOWN only. At the end of the school day, both sets of stairs are DOWN.
Lower School Lobby / English / Music Block
- The front stairs in the Lower School Lobby are UP only. The rear stairs are for Sixth Form use only and may be used in both directions.
- The stairs in the English / Music block are DOWN only.
- Students must enter the English / Music block only by the main door and exit only by the doors at the bottom of the DOWN stairs.
- Students using the DOWN stairs and going to lessons on the ground floor must exit the building and re-enter by the main door.
School policy, is that uniform should be worn by all members of this school. Breaches of dress regulations should be acted upon immediately, if necessary the offender may be sent to the Head of School or Pastoral Supporter. Pupils/students may be sent home to change by a Head of School or Deputy Headteacher.
Uniform is to be worn by:
- Pupils/students attending school for external examinations during the period when they are excused regular attendance.
- Pupils/students attending school out of normal working hours (e.g. representing the School in Sports Teams, school functions or Saturday detention).
- Pupils attending school trips.
Authority to vary these conditions rests only with the Headteacher or Deputy.
For part of the Summer term (the date being announced each year) pupils/students may be allowed to remove their blazers, or both their blazers and their ties, between 8.25am and 3.10pm on the strict understanding that:
- Assemblies are to be attended in full uniform.
- Pupils/students are not permitted to travel casually dressed between school and home.
Every pupil must wear the full school uniform when going to and from school, during lunch break, on school excursions, and when travelling as a member of a school team or visit group.
Of equal importance with the provision of the correct garments is the correct bearing and manner of wearing uniform, and parents are asked to check slovenliness and poor deportment, etc.
Wearing personal jewellery is inappropriate in an active crowded school community. It presents unacceptable hazards especially in any physical activity in workshops, laboratories, PE areas, playgrounds and other assembly areas.
Where uniform is incorrectly worn, pastoral staff may issue a uniform card.
The school uniform consists of a navy blue blazer of uniform pattern and colour, tie and pocket badge. The blazer should be single-breasted until a pupil enters Year 11, when double-breasted blazers may be worn. Plain dark or black/ grey trousers, white shirt and collar, and black leather formal shoes (not trainers or boots) should be worn. Socks should be plain grey or black.
Pullovers, if worn, should be V-necked, plain grey or grey with edging in school colours. A navy blue raincoat, overcoat or anorak is desirable. Shirts should be of plain texture and not silky. Denim (or other cotton) trousers, jeans, etc, and high-necked pullovers are not permitted for school wear.
For pupils in Years 7-11, the dyeing or bleaching of hair is not permitted.
Boys should be clean-shaven, unless specific permission is granted by the relevant Head of School.
Motor-cyclists may wear protective clothing over school uniform when riding to and from school, and must by law wear a safety helmet while riding.
Games and PE Clothing
Winter: Rugby jerseys (one white & one hooped royal/amber) boots, royal blue shorts, royal blue socks.
Summer: White cricket shirt, white trainers or cricket boots, white trousers or shorts, white sweater.
PE: White T-shirt, white gym shorts and trainers.
Pupils should bring a towel for PE and games lessons.
Sixth Form Uniform
The uniform for boys and girls in the Sixth Form is the same as outlined above except:
For boys and girls:
i) The design of the tie is different for the Sixth Form.
ii) Plain navy/black v-necked pullovers may be worn. Cardigans should not be worn
iii) Games and PE clothing will consist of white shorts, and/or school tracksuit bottoms, plain white T-shirt and/or school rugby jersey.
iv) Black leather formal shoes.
v) A straight knee-length grey or black skirt should be worn, skirts that are figure hugging by design are not permitted.
vi) Grey or black tights may be worn as an alternative to regular tights.
vii) Trousers may be worn in place of skirts. These may be grey or black and should be of a simple straight design, and not flared or tight fitting.
Form tutors should make regular checks to ensure that all pupils in their form are wearing the correct uniform in a proper manner. Persistent offenders should be reported to the Head of School. If there is any doubt as to what represents 'correct' then the matter should be referred to the Head of School.
If hair is dyed it should be one natural colour.
Our emphasis is on the use of rewards as a means of raising levels of attainment, encouraging good behaviour, increasing student’s self-esteem and creating a positive learning environment.
Commendations can be awarded to pupils in Yrs 7-13. A commendation may be awarded when a pupil provides assistance or makes a commitment above and beyond the expected call of duty, and are available to students in all years. (It is expected that all pupils' behaviour conforms to normal standards and that they will be prepared to assist in a range of activities as a matter of course.)
It is left to the professional judgement of all staff, both teaching and support, to judge the worth of the task.
A Prefect Commendation may be awarded to pupils who support the work of School Prefects. Each is worth 1 Merit
In addition to a normal commendation, pupils may also be awarded a ‘Headteacher’s Commendation’. This is worth 10 merits.
a) Commendations are recorded using the ‘achievement’ module in SIMS.
b) Heads of Year will maintain a record of Commendations for the purposes of school reports.
c) Each commendation is worth 3 merits and so will contribute towards the House competition.
Merits can be awarded to all pupils. Staff are especially encouraged to give merits in Year 11. A merit may be awarded when:
- A pupil's written work (classwork or homework) is of outstanding academic order.
N.B. A piece of work awarded full marks need not automatically qualify for a merit. Evidence would need to be presented to show that the work contained something extra.
- A pupil’s practical work is of outstanding quality.
- The standard of written/practical work demonstrates that the pupil has made an exceptional effort.
A subject teacher awards a merit by using the ‘achievement’ module in SIMS.
Where a recommendation for a Headteacher’s Commendation please send the details to the Deputy Head.
Achievement Certificates Years 7 - 11
These are awarded three times a year on the basis of information recorded on Termly School Reports. Each Report contains the following categories: working at grade, attitude to learning and behaviour.
Gold and Silver – average points in WAG, attitude to learning and behaviour.
Bronze – average points for attitude to learning and behaviour.
Improvers – based on the largest improvement in average points awarded for all categories.
Progress – based on the largest improvement in average points awarded for WAG.
Achievement Certificates Years 12 & 13
An WAG is given, along with indications of attitude to learning and deadlines per subject. Information in these reports will be used for awards.
In addition, each department will be required to nominate a student for a Subject Award to recognise those who have made a particular contribution or outstanding progress.
Certificates to recognise success in external examinations will be awarded when appropriate.
An Attendance Award will be made at the end of each year to those students who have maintained 100% attendance throughout the year.
These are undertaken six times a year and are part of the school’s internal monitoring and tracking process. Staff are able to highlight a concern and give an indication of the current level of work. This information is analysed by Heads of Year and appropriate strategies used where concerns or progress give cause for concern.
At the end of each academic year two students from each form group will be awarded prizes based on academic ability and effort. This will be measured by information drawn from Termly School Reports.
At the end of each academic year three students from each year group (excluding 11 & 13) will be nominated for prizes:
One prize will be awarded to the Student of the Year. A second prize will be awarded for Service to the Community and will be determined on the basis of the number of commendations accumulated. A third prize will be for the Sportsman of the Year.
The awards will be made at the Annual Prize Giving Ceremony. Where there is a tie the Deputy Headteacher will act as final arbiter.
At the time of completion of the End of Year Report the number of merits and commendations awarded to each pupil is recorded. For the purposes of the House Competition, collection ends one week before the end of the Summer term.
School Colours may be awarded to students in Years 12 and 13 who have competed for the school at a sporting activity or music if they have satisfied the following conditions:-
a) Above average ability.
b) Commitment during matches and training.
c) Regular attendance at training or practice.
d) Sportsman-like behaviour both on and off the field of play.
Year 12 and 13 students qualify if they satisfy b), c) and d) above.
Half colours may be awarded to Year 11 if they have exceptional ability, having satisfied the above conditions.
Service Ties are awarded to pupils in Year 10 and above for outstanding contribution to extra-curricular activities. Awards are made twice a year by the Deputy Headteacher who seeks nominations from relevant Heads of Department and other staff where relevant. It is normal practice for relevant staff to publish details of their awarding criteria to pupils.