The vast majority of our pupils are responsible, hard-working and enjoy learning. We have a Behaviour Code and School Rules that are easily understood and followed. We believe that clear expectations, guidelines and structures are essential in encouraging the highest standards of behaviour.
Inevitably, there are some pupils who do get themselves into conflict with the school. Minor misdemeanours are usually dealt with immediately by the teacher concerned. If any punishment is needed, pupils may be set some additional work, asked to perform some socially-useful task or are detained at break or lunchtime - very much depending on the circumstances. If necessary, we detain pupils for up to 15 minutes at the end of the same day as the misdemeanour occurs.
More serious matters may be dealt with by a longer detention of up to 60 minutes. Parents will always be given 24 hours notice of any such detention.
Pupils may also be put "on report" to monitor their standard of work, attitude and behaviour. Some pupils are put on a Pastoral Support Programme to help them improve their behaviour.
In the event of particularly serious or persistent cases of ill discipline, when simple sanctions have not been successful, the Headteacher will consider excluding the pupil from school for a fixed period. Permanent exclusion is only used in extreme cases where there is no alternative.