We are really pleased as a College that the vast majority of our students achieve excellent behaviour on a daily basis. Our reasonable expectation is that students are in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.
However, we would like to take this opportunity to explain to parents that for students who are not in the right place at the right time there are consequences.
All staff have received de-escalation training and are consistent in applying the principles which encourage a student to make the right choices when things are calmly explained to them. Ultimately the job of a teacher is to teach and students need to behave in order to allow themselves and others to learn. Again we are delighted with and want to thank the vast majority of those students who manage to meet these expectations.
Students are expected to arrive to lessons on time and if they do not they are given a D5 (a 5 minute detention with the class teacher). This is normally enough to ensure they are not late again.
If a student is late to a lesson after break or lunch then this is more serious as they have had lots of time to ensure they are in the right place and therefore the class teacher will issue a D30 (a 30 minute after college detention with senior staff).
If a student is out of class without a signed planner or note they are in the wrong place and this is recorded by any member of staff who sees them and the consequence for this is a D60 (a 60 minute after college detention with senior staff).
On the board in each classroom is a “Behaviour Ladder” – to display those students who are doing the right thing and to act as a reminder to those who are not. All students who arrive on time will instantly be in the middle of the ladder then moving up the ladder, gaining extra merits and postcards or down the ladder if they have received a warning or D5.
When a student still refuses to do the “right thing” they are asked to work elsewhere within the department, but if they refuse senior staff will remove them from the lesson to work in the Behaviour Support Centre and a D60 is issued.
Students who, despite further additional help, continue to disrupt and do not comply with our rules will be removed from the college to allow the learning of all.
To ensure that all staff and students are supported with this, members of the Leadership Team will be attending various lessons throughout the College over the next few weeks starting with year 8.
We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those parents who support us in our Behaviour Policy. Ultimately we want all of our students to feel a sense of belonging to the college and proud to be a member of it. Together we can create respectful, resilient and successful young people.
Mrs K Russell