COVID-19 Second Addendum for Exclusion Policy September 2020

Behaviour Policy October 2020-21

Anti-Bullying Procedure and Charter February 2021

Uniform Policy September 2020

Parent Handbook 2020-2021

 

Please see our Behaviours & Exclusion policies by clicking here.

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: Colours Reward System

Scholarly Behaviour

Example

Action – Reward 3 times more

Action for Scholar

Embodying the school values:

Ambition

Growth

Fellowship

Scholarship

  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. Place golden ticket in year group box in the foyer to enter lottery draw for assembly reward

Assembly rewards (3 times a term

 

The assembly will consist of

  1. Tutor shout outs associated to the value of the week
  2. Attendance rewards which can either be an AGFS book, pen, rubric cube or USB
  3. Golden ticket lottery – golden ticket picked means the scholar will receive a £5 amazon voucher
  4. Behaviour points are deducted from positive points, the scholar with the highest net points in the year will receive a £10 Nandos voucher
  5. Scholar of the week selected by HOY will receive a £20 Love to shop voucher
  6. Form Tutor Champion
  1. Celebrate golden tickets at home and place in year group box in the foyer
  2. Avoid negative behaviour points to boost your net score and review points in termly reports
  3. Always attend school and demonstrate scholarly behaviour to increase your chances of winning a prize.

 

End of term assembly rewards

Subject certificates

Attendance certificates

Colour stripe certificates

Enrichment - colour stripes awarded to those achieving gold target.

HOY & 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 take 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

 

Unsatisfactory 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

Example

Consequence

Action for Scholar

Impinge own learning e.g.

Failure to respond to a warning

Insufficient Quizlet not done

 

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 receives detention notification

 

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 and ways to avoid making it again

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 receives detention notification
  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 emailed from teacher

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

Swearing at teacher/peers

Racism

Homophobia

Truancy

Aggressive behaviour/fighting

Truancy

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 and 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

 

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

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?

1

30 min detention after school Classroom teacher

2

1 hour detention after school HOY centralised

3

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

3+

Centralised Friday detention – 2 hours HOY/SLT