“Students’ positive attitudes are reflected in their good behaviour.” Ofsted, 2014
We have adjusted our procedures for handling detentions so as to ensure students who receive a detention are clear about our expectations.
- Missing a detention will no longer result in the loss of 2 points.
- Students who miss a detention will lose points at the level above the initial detention e.g. missing a department detention (L3) will result in the loss of 5 points and a senior staff detention will be issued. Students who miss a senior staff detention (L5) will lose 10 points and receive an after school detention. Missing an after school detention will result in some form of isolation.
- Students must take responsibility for ensuring they attend detentions. Detentions will take priority over any extra-curricular activities. Students may rearrange detentions with the agreement of the member of staff setting the detention at the discretion of that member of staff. E.g. to attend previously arranged intervention sessions.
- After school detentions will be scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays.
In line with guidance from the Department for Education, Parental consent is not required for detentions. The school will always give at least 24 hours notice of an after school detention. Parents can check the reason for the detention by logging into the SWITCH learning platform. If parents require more detailed information as to the detention, they may contact the Student Support Team at the school.
If a student is absent from school for a scheduled detention, it is their responsibility to discuss this with the person setting the detention on their return, making arrangements for it to be re-scheduled.
Isolation is used for more serious breaches of the school’s behaviour policy. It is used for students following a serious incident, or for persistently poor behaviour over time.
Isolation may take one of the following forms:
- Isolation during school day – student in isolation for lessons and social times – used for serious one-off breaches of school rules, or behaviour over time that is disruptive to learning and/or constitutes rudeness to members of staff
- Isolation during social times – usually used when out of lesson behaviour is the main concern
- Isolation after school – student is collected at the end of P5 each day for up to four days (Monday-Thursday) to spend one hour in isolation.
The nature of isolation is determined by school staff, and will take into account any recent patterns of behaviour.