Positive Behaviour Policy


The aim of this policy is that all students are able to work to the best of their ability in a positive environment.  Disruptive behaviour damages the learning of the whole class. All members of the school are responsible for maintaining the standards and good order in the school environment. Rewarding good work and good behaviour engenders a positive attitude to study and school.



The positive behaviour policy supports the core purpose of the school and has at its heart a system of rules for good work and behaviour. It has the following objectives:

  • To promote positive behaviour throughout the school.
  • To motivate and encourage students through praise and rewards.
  • To develop self-discipline in students.
  • To create the conditions for an orderly, safe and secure community in which effective learning can take place and in which there is mutual respect among all of its members.
  • To secure a consistent approach to the maintenance of discipline throughout the school.
  • To instil in students high standards of behaviour based on self-respect and respect for the rights of others and their environment, thus enabling them to become valuable members of the adult community.

Guidelines and Support Mechanisms 

  • A consistent approach by all members of staff is essential to keeping and maintaining acceptable levels of behaviour in the school.  These are outlined in the Teacher Expected Standards.  Students have their own Expected Standards which are displayed around the school and are in the student planners.
  • The school’s Rewards Policy lays out the positive behaviours expected of all students i.e. attendance, work etc and how these are remunerated by use of house points, certificates, stickers, assemblies, positive postcards for example
  • Communication with parents by the use of student planners, telephone calls, e mails and letters is essential, as is the school’s home school agreement
  • There are clear support mechanisms in place for all students as outlined below:
    • Restorative Practices – these are used to work through issues between students that have an impact on their learning and the school environment.
    • Daily Reports – students displaying behaviour that interfere with their own or other’s learning can be placed on report.  These require teacher’s comments on areas such as behaviour, attendance, class and homework.  These are checked by their tutor, Raising Achivement Leader or Deputy Head on a daily basis and are taken home for a parental signature.
    • Subject support – each subject has a range of internal reporting and support systems that are designed to address the needs of students showing early signs of disaffection.  These are detailed in each subject’s handbook.
    • Conduct logs are completed if a student fails to meet the criteria laid out in the Student Expected Standards document
    • The Behaviour Improvement Zone – students spend time in the school’s internal exclusion room for serious breaches in school discipline – please see attached Behaviour and Sanctions Flowchart
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    • Behaviour for Learning flowcharts are displayed in all classrooms outlining procedures for those disrupting the education of others within class
    • Pastoral Support Programmes and Common Assessment Frameworks + TAC – these are multi agency meetings which aim to support students , their parents/ carers and the school work together to address identified needs
    • Personalised Curriculum – there are a range of courses available to support students  who for a variety of reasons are having difficulty accessing a full time curriculum at school
    • On Duty – a senior member of staff will always be touring the school to support classroom teachers in maintaining good discipline in all lessons.  They may remove a student who is causing disruption to another classroom or in extreme circumstances to the Behaviour Improvement Zone
    • Physical restraint –this is only used in exceptional circumstances and follows the school’s Physical Intervention and Restraint policy.


Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are not banned in school as many students wish to use them to and from school. However mobile phones are an unnecessary distraction in school and should be switched off at all times whilst at school and kept in the bottom of the student’s school bag. The school will not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage of these often expensive items in school. If a student is found using his/her mobile phone it will be confiscated following the procedure for banned items.  If a student refuses to hand over their phone they will spend a day in the Behaviour Improvement Zone and will have an automatic after-school detention that day.  Parents will be informed of these actions as soon as possible.


This policy needs to read alongside the school’s Equality and Safeguarding Statements and the following policies:

  • Anti-bullying  (S7)
  • Drugs (S14)
  • Equality (S16)
  • Physical Intervention and Restraint ( S26) (currently in draft)
  • SEND (S22)
  • Health and Safety (S18)
  • Rewards (C11)
  • Confiscation of Property (M1)
  • ICT including acceptable use (S4)



Dangerous and banned items

      The following dangerous and banned items are not allowed in school:

      Dangerous items include:

  1. Illegal drugs and equipment associated with illegal drug-taking.
  2. Guns, including toy/mock guns.
  3. Knives and other offensive weapons.
  4. Alcohol.
  5. E-Cigarettes
  6. Fireworks

Items 1 – 4 are to be given straight to the Headteacher who will deal with them in an appropriate manner and parents will be informed. In the case of items 1, 2 and 3 the school reserves the right to inform the police and to give these items to the police in advised to do so.

In additional we ban items that we believe are an unnecessary distraction to the teaching and learning and smooth running of the school.  Banned items include:

  1. Ipods/MP3 players.
  2. ‘Tippex’ products which are not solvent free.
  3. Aerosols.
  4. Matches, lighters and cigarettes.
  5. Electronic/battery computer games, devices and gadgets.
  6. Excess jewellery (see Uniform section).

If banned items are brought into school, they will be confiscated. These items will not be returned directly to students. A letter will be sent home and collection of the item can only be made once parents have received a ‘collection’ letter. Although reasonable care will be taken with such confiscated items, the school will not accept responsibility for any loss or damage.  Items not claimed back by parents will be retained for three months.  After this time, the school will assume that parents do not wish to reclaim them and they may be destroyed.  


Other policies relating to the Positive Behaviour Policy

This policy should be read alongside other policies that are available as downloads by selecting the links below:


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