At AGFS behaviour is exemplary. The behaviour system is underpinned by consistent rules, routines and rituals which all staff and scholars adhere to. Tom Bennett states 'the secret to having good behaviour as the norm not an exception, rests on schools following consistent strategies, but takes determination to carry out in practice'. One of the first strategies he states is: "A programme of behaviour where every employee knows in detail what the school behaviour policy is, and how to carry it out."



Scholarly Behaviour

The role of praise and reward

For both scholars and staff to succeed, we have robust rules, routines and rituals which permeate throughout the school. Because we care, we will take the time to correct what some would consider even the most minor behaviour. The school operates a strict zero-tolerance approach to any poor behaviour to ensure our classrooms are free of bullying or disruption. This means that teachers at this school spend all their time on what matters most – planning and delivering excellent lessons. ‘Scholars’ behaviour in lessons and during social times is consistently positive’, AGFS Ofsted Report (2020).

At AGFS we believe that good behaviour is best promoted and developed by drawing attention to and rewarding well-behaved pupils.

Our teachers acknowledge the importance of informal praise – for example, verbal praise given in lessons, comments in exercise books.

The praise and reward system at AGFS centres around the Golden Ticket System: pupils can earn Golden Tickets for good behaviour, effort or achievement, or for displaying our school values of Ambition, Growth, Fellowship and Scholarship. 

Teachers have 30 golden tickets at the start of every half term.

Every time a student does something which warrants recognition in the classroom or around the school they’ll be given a golden ticket – teacher fills out student name, date and signs – teacher must log on SIMS under achievement so a permanent record is kept.

  • The Golden Ticket must be placed into the ticket into a box – one per year group.
  • The more tickets students place into the box with their names on, the greater their chance of receiving a prize when a ticket is pulled out 
  • There is a prize draw conducted by HoY/SLT in assembly in the last week of every half term with the top 3 automatically given an amazon voucher. 
  • The next group of students whose names are pulled out will receive a choice of branded AGFS items.
  • At the end of the year in the summer term –a selection of students in each year group who have the most golden tickets will be selected to go to on a school trip.

Teachers will make frequent contact with parents and carers to celebrate pupil achievement.This includes but is not exclusive to – Prize Evening, School Newsletters, notes in planners, post-cards home, phone calls home and parent bulletins.

At the end of each half term we will have a Celebration Assembly. This aims to celebrate the achievements of our pupils and share their good work from all subjects. This assembly will include but is not exclusive to – the distribution of Golden Ticket prizes and celebrating a range of achievements.

Every term we will also award pupils who have 100% attendance with a certificate of achievement. This assembly will also include but is not exclusive to, Heads of Department awards, HOY awards and the Head Teacher Award.

Every year we will have a Prize Evening with a special guest speaker where we will award prizes that include but are not exclusive to academic achievement, Ambition, Growth, Fellowship, Scholarship, Independent thinking, Creativity as well as colours/stripes for sports, debating, music etc. This will be the format used in order to formally welcome the New Year 7 cohort who will matriculate at this ceremony. The Connor Pearce award will also be made at this annual event.

The top 50 students obtaining the highest number of Golden tickets and the least number of sanction points are able to choose a friend to take to the Thorpe Park rewards trip at the end of every academic year.

In addition to termly nominations from Form Tutors and Heads of Department, through the tour enrichment programme, students who meet their targets can also acheive their colour reward stripes in the areas detailed here.

Scholarly Behaviour


Action – Reward 3 times more

Action for Scholar

Embodying the school values:





  1. Teacher praises scholar
  2. Awards golden ticket

(teacher may also send a postcard home or email/call parent)

  1. Logs on the system
  1. Show parent at home
  2. Celebrate together
  3. Highest net point data is used to identify the top 20-25 scholars. They enter a voucher raffle to win £5 and £10 vouchers in reward assemblies.

Assembly rewards (3 times a term)

The assembly happens every two weeks and consists of:

  1. Tutor shout outs associated to the value of the week
  2. Attendance rewards
  3. Highest net point data is used to identify the top 20-25 scholars. They enter a voucher raffle to win £5 and £10 vouchers
  4. Scholar of the week are nominated and the winners receive a £20 Love to shop voucher
  5. Form tutor champion for highest net points and house winners in the school are announced
  6. Scholar of the month is announced. These are nominated and voted for by scholars.
  1. Celebrate golden tickets at home
  2. Avoid negative behaviour points to boost your net score and reflect on trends in behaviour to help break the cycle
  3. Always attend school and demonstrate scholarly behaviour to increase your chances of winning a prize.

End of term assembly rewards

Subject certificates

Reading awards

Loud and Proud - family dining award

Character reading award

My GCSE science awards

Timetable rockstars/Hegarty Maths Awards

Attendance certificates

Birthday celebrations

Head of Year Award

Headteachers Award

Be ready to walk up to the stage when you hear your name:

  1. Stand tall and be proud
  2. Make eye contact with the presenter
  3. Firm hand shake and say thank you

Prize Evening

Biggest event of the year - hall of fame unveiled and the highest award presented – Connor Pearce Award

Thorpe Park

Top 10% scholars in each year group are taken to Thorpe Park

Always attend school and demonstrate scholarly behaviour to increase your chances of winning a prize

Shout outs

Character development shout outs

Family Dining and Friday Shout Outs

Reflect on your day and week and consider what you can be thankful for


Unscholarly behaviour

The tables below outlines the consequences for scholarly and unscholarly behaviour. Exemplary behaviour is achieved by reacting with clear and swift consequences for unscholarly behaviour. This results in our scholars being happy and safe. With this thriving environment comes a high stakes reward system. We are proud that a scholar at AGFS is three times more likely to be rewarded than sanctioned.

AGFS holds pupils to the highest standards of behaviour, in lessons, in all areas of the school and beyond.

Every adult working in the school has the responsibility to challenge poor behaviour.

Any adult in the school community who sees a pupil displaying poor behaviour is responsible for logging it in the school SIMs system so that patterns of behaviour can be identified by the Tutor/SWO/HOY and pupils can be supported to change those patterns. External providers and volunteers delivering Enrichment or Drop Down Day activities will be notified to report poor behaviour to a member of staff to be logged onto SIMs.


Unscholarly Behaviour



Action for Scholar

Impinge own learning e.g.

Failure to respond to a warning

Referral to academic intervention

2 strike system:

1) Teacher issues warning with a reason

2) Teacher issues second strike and a 30 minute same day detention is logged

3) Parent can see detention on the MCAS app

30 minute detention or referral to academic intervention

  1. Report to teacher after school.
  2. Follow their instructions on where to sit
  3. Wait to be spoken to about your mistake, reflect on ways to avoid making it again and what look, cover, write work you should do in this time

Impinge learning of others and disruption of the school culture e.g.

no equipment

incorrect uniform

not transitioning at a whisper

late to lesson

eating and chewing in class

Contravened no touching rule, insolence, answering back. Failure to follow safety rules.

Immediate 30 minute detention

Serious behaviour incident – 60 minute detention

If this matter persists the teacher completes an oncall request:

  1. Scholar is removed from lesson
  2. Scholar placed in the behaviour support unit for the remainder of the day (BSU)
  3. Scholar sits 1 hr same day detention
  4. Parent can see referred to BSU on MCAS which will include a 1 hr detention after school
  1. Report to teacher after school.

  1. Report to centralised detention after school


  1. Follow escort to BSU
  2. Investigation by HOY if necessary
  3. Remain in BSU for the remainder of the day and sit 1hr detention
  4. Teacher speaks to you in centralised detention to discuss your mistake and ways to avoid this happening again
  5. Parent contacted by the teacher who placed the oncall

Bringing the school into disrepute or health/safety e.g.

Swearing at teacher/peers/Bullying

Sexualised Behaviour

Physical Assault




Inappropriate use of social media

Bringing in banned items

Teacher completes an oncall request:

  1. Scholar is removed from lesson
  2. Scholar placed in the behaviour support unit for the remainder of the day (BSU)
  3. Scholar sits 1 hr same day detention
  4. Scholar receives exclusion for fixed number of days

  1. Follow escort to BSU
  2. Investigation by HOY
  3. Remain in BSU until investigation completed and 1 hr detention sat same day of referral
  4. Parent contacted by HOY and both parent/scholar are informed of exclusion period.
  5. Re-integration meeting with HOY, parent and scholar

Late to school

1 hr same day detention

Report to centralised detention

Strict no mobile phone policy/banned items

AGFS has a strict no mobile phone policy and we operate frequent randomised checks for banned items. Banned items and phones are confiscated

Can only be collected at the end of the term by parents

>1 strike in the day

1 hr same day central detention

Report to centralised detention

>3 strikes in a week

2 hr Friday central detention

Report to centralised detention

3 strikes in a day

BSU placement the following day

Report to centralised detention


Sanctions and Punishments

Pupils who ignore or break the code of conduct will be subject to sanctions and punishments. These sanctions extend to students with poor punctuality. These will be applied at the discretion of the teacher or teachers involved and will of course depend on the circumstances.  This is not an exhaustive list :


Detention ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours

  1. Moving a student’s position in class
  2. Loss of break or lunchtime
  3. Internal exclusion
  4. Drawing up of a behaviour contract
  5. Undertaking tasks that will benefit the school, e.g. picking up litter etc.
  6. Written impositions
  7. Going on report to Tutor, Head of Year, Head of Department
  8. Withdrawal of privileges, e.g. banning from trips out etc.
  9. Formal letters to/meetings/calls to parents to discuss behaviour problems
  10. Formal sanctions will be applied at the discretion of the Headmaster of the school.  This could mean fixed term exclusion or in the most serious cases permanent exclusion.

The following items are strictly PROHIBITED from being on site:

These items will be confiscated and the pupil’s Tutor and Head of Year informed:

  • Mobile phones
  • Sweets and fizzy drinks (any other high sugar foods or drinks)
  • Chewing gum
  • Tippex
  • Headphones
  • Personal stereo equipment
  • Ipods/Ipads
  • Chocolate/Cakes/Crisps
  • Any toy or item deemed by the school to cause unnecessary distraction
  • Any item or implement that can be used to damage or vandalise school property
  • Offensive weapons: any conventional weapon or makeshift weapon  brought or forged or in possession to cause harm
  • Anything dangerous including Cigarettes, E-cigarettes, Lighters, drugs, alcohol
  • Laser pens
  • Metal Afro Combs
  • Tasers

If these are found they will be confiscated.  Food items will be disposed of and electrical items will be kept for half a term. After which parents will be invited to collect the item from school in person. Banned items that remain uncollected will be discarded in accordance with the law after a reasonable period of time. Ark Greenwich Free School is a mobile free zone; it takes no responsibility for any mobile device.

Being found in possession of a banned item from section (L) can lead to any sanctions as set out in point 25.  The HOYs, DHT and Head Teacher will use their professional discretion when applying the sanction.

Students who are found to be eating or drinking outside of the dining area will be instructed to return to the dining area with their food/drink and issued with a 30 minute detention. 


Issuing a Detention

Detentions are used as a first line measure to help a pupil correct their behaviour.

The process below is used in the case of persistent low level behaviour – which we call ‘Disruptive Behaviour’ (the student stops the teacher teaching):


1T           Student gets a warning (told to stop)

2T           Point (detention) is issued


If there is more serious incident in lessons or around the school and a teacher needs a student removed because they have been verbally or physically aggressive or displays a distinct unwillingness to follow staff instruction a member of SLT/SWO/HOY will be called to remove the student and assess that student’s next steps. The result of this assessment can lead to detentions, a stated period of time within the behaviour support unit or Fixed Term Exclusion.


Unsatisfactory behaviour – The Points System & Detentions


  1. Classroom teachers will be expected to sit their own detentions.  This empowers them, as an immediate referral to HOY dilutes the influence/rapport the classroom teacher has with the student.  The only exception to this is when a student gets a detention from 2 or more subject teachers.  In this case they will sit a centralised detention.
  2. Very simply put, each detention type ‘no homework’, ‘poor effort’, ‘late to lesson’ and ‘inadequate equipment’ for example will each have a numerical value.  They are each worth 1 point.

Daily point’s accumulation

Point     Sanction With who?


30 min detention after school Classroom teacher


1 hour detention after school HOY centralised


1 hour detention after school HOY centralised

Detention Policy & Procedure

Detention is one of the sanctions schools can use in cases of misbehaviour.  Section 5 of the Education Act 1997 gives schools authority to detain pupils after the end of a school session on disciplinary grounds.  The following section of the policy details the legal position for schools as laid down in the 2011 Education Act:

  • The Education Act 2011 section 5 part 2 removed the legal requirement to give parents 24 hours’ notice before detaining pupils after school.  The Act confirms schools powers to use detentions by making it lawful for schools to put pupils aged under 18 without parental consent at a variety of times outside school hours

Other legal requirements as regards to detentions remain unchanged:

  • The sanction of detention can only be applied to students aged under 18;
  • Detentions are issued on the same day of the student failing to meet expectations
  • Whilst no longer statutory and thus not obligatory, Ark Greenwich Free School will endeavour to give parents notice.  This is intended to inform parents of where their child is expected to be and to allow parents an opportunity to make alternative arrangements for travel for the child.


Although legally, Ark Greenwich Free School does not have to give notice, where detentions of 30 minutes or more are given, the parents/carers will be notified via email. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that they inform the school of any changes to basic pupil details such as address, phone number or email address.


  1. Please note if a student has a terrible day where they have accumulated several points, this should prompt the HOY to assess whether or not the student is removed from lessons the next day to provide more immediate remedial action.  This will involve the student being placed in the Behaviour Support Unit for a length of time at the discretion of SLT/HOY.
  2. The HOY/SLT has scope to use their professional judgement with regard to dismissing a student early from a centralised daily one hour detention if the pupil has accrued 2 points or can place a student into a centralised detention without the 2 points if, in their professional judgement the student fails to meet the school’s expectations and deems an instant one hour detention a reasonable consequence.

Automatic Detentions:

Unless stated, the duration of the detention/sanction will be to the discretion of SLT/HOY. All detentions take place after school.

  1. Students who are late to school are automatically placed into a 1 hour detention;
  2. Students referred to the Behaviour Support Unit  will receive a 1 hour detention;
  3. Students without their school equipment will be placed in detention;
  4. Students who arrive without their full school uniform which includes the AGFS branded school bag (see uniform policy) will be placed in the BSU with for the entirety of their day with an hour detention at the end of the day/Or the student may be sent home in order to correct the uniform and return to school time permitting. This includes students found to be wearing make-up – unless authenticated by GP;
  5. Students who at the discretion of HOY/SLT fail to meet expectations in their professional judgement;
  6. Students who miss a centralised detention will automatically be placed in the Behaviour Support Unit; SLT/HOY can use their discretion for further sanctions relating to this (i.e FTE for repeated missed detentions);
  7. Students who are found in out of bounds areas without clear permission (Adair House, classrooms unsupervised etc.);
  8. Students who are out of lessons without signed permission;
  9. Students who fail to get their report cards signed by parents/carers;
  10. Students caught damaging property;
  11. Students caught eating or carrying plastic bottles outside of the Dining Hall;
  12. Students caught littering the school site;

Weekly point's accumulation


Point Sanction With Who


Centralised Friday detention – 2 hours HOY/SLT



95% of parents agree that AGFS operate a zero tolerance policy towards bullying or discrimination and staff deal with any incidents of bullying or sexual harassment robustly. Scholars are three times more likely to be rewarded than sanctioned.