As a school, we need everyone to be clear about the expectations. We aim higher because we believe in the potential of our students.
Expectations of all:
- We are a school that works harder, smarter and faster.
- We are a school that has increased discipline because we care.
- We hold true to our focus on students’ welfare BUT every student will understand that "reason is not an excuse”.
- We have a curriculum that stretches and challenges and where high level knowledge is at the heart.
- Our lessons are purposeful and pacy.
- Students will arrive ready to learn & low level disturbance will not be tolerated as it disrupts the learning of others.
We know that students who wish to succeed, take pride in themselves and in our school: We correct students on their behaviour when necessary
- Mobile phones are a non-negotiable.
- Uniform must be worn correctly.
- Students must be punctual to lessons.
- Students must demonstrate STAR behaviours in all lessons.
- Students must trust that teachers’ instructions are to help them be successful. If an adult tells a student to do something, we expect it to be done straight away.
Where students do not adhere to school expectations, consequences will follow. Consequences are necessary in order to teach students to take personal responsibility
Expectations in the classroom
- Students answer with hands up or by being called upon by the teacher. Not by calling out.
- Teachers use the language of ‘corrections’ rather than warnings.
- We expect all students to make quick transitions between lessons and into lesson by being consistent in our entry and exit procedures.
The teacher will meet students at the door and use the Entry 1… 2… 3… procedures.
At the end of the lesson, teachers will use Exit 1… 2… 3…
This is because a saved minute from each transition equates to an extra week of learning over the year.
- We expect consistent Classroom Behaviours and will remind students using STAR.
Sit up straight and listen
Track the speaker or the text
Answer with hands straight up
Respect through silence
This is because students who wish to succeed are always on task. Sometimes, this may be hard work but we will remind them that they learn best when they are concentrating. It also means that other students can learn without disruption and allows the teacher to teach what s/he has planned. We expect these behaviours in all lessons, during reading and during all Lead Lessons.
- Every lesson includes a period of independent work of at least 10 minutes completed in silence. Staff will explicitly ask for ‘silence’ and ensure students adhere. Talking during silent work will not be tolerated. Students will be corrected and behaviour procedures will be used as interrupting the learning of others is not fair.
- Every lesson begins with a review of knowledge. We will teach students to self check their work from the previous lesson and will expect them to begin doing so straight away after Entry 1… 2… 3...
- We expect our students to take the greatest of care over the presentation of their work. We will teach them explicitly what is acceptable.
Expectations of Uniform
- Students are only allowed a single plain stud in each ear lobe. No other piercings are acceptable. Any other jewellery will be deemed inappropriate; students will have to remove the item and it will be confiscated. Items of jewellery that have been removed from students will be held securely at main reception until a parent collects.
- Obvious and visible make up will not be allowed, including coloured nail varnish, lipstick, false eyelashes, false nails and eye shadow. Students who do not follow this will be sent to student reception to remove.
- Hair colour should be natural and the style should not be extreme.
- Uniform must be worn correctly. This includes wearing a blazer at all times, no hoodies at all although a coat may be worn over the blazer when it is cold. Shirt must be tucked in and the tie (if applicable) must cover the top button and be worn to a reasonable length. Appropriate trousers/skirt and black, polishable shoes must be worn.
If a student is seen with shirt untucked, for example, they will be corrected. Repeated corrections will result in further sanctions.
- Sixth Form students are expected to be in business dress at all times. Sixth Form students who do not adhere to this policy will be sent home to change.
If students do not meet these expectations but cannot correct because they are missing an item or wearing an inappropriate item, they will be sent home to correct. If this is not possible, they will be isolated all day that day and must be in proper uniform the next time they attend school.
All of these actions are taken to ensure that all students take pride in their appearance and that our students are treated fairly. It is unfair if the vast majority of students keep to the dress code and some do not.
Expectations of Behaviour
We know that students who wish to succeed take pride in themselves and in our school.
We will no longer use the language of warnings. We will correct students on their behaviour when necessary.
- Mobile phones continue to be a non-negotiable. If a student uses a mobile phone during the school day, it will be confiscated on sight. Mobile phones that have been removed from students will be held securely at main reception until a parent collects. Sixth Form students have permission to access their phones whilst in the Sixth Form Centre. Outside of the Sixth Form Centre, the same whole school sanctions will apply.
- Students must be punctual to lessons and will not use changeover of lessons to go to student reception or the toilet. The teacher will judge whether to allow a student out of lesson for any reason and will give them a pass. Any student out of lesson without a pass will be given a detention.
- In school buildings, students must walk on the right. This will ensure more efficient movement around the school.
- Students must demonstrate STAR behaviours in all lessons and follow Entry 1… 2… 3… and Exit 1… 2… 3… protocols at each changeover.
Students must trust that teachers’ instructions are to help them be successful. If an adult tells a student to do something, we expect it to be done straight away. If a student feels unfairly treated, they must still follow the instruction first time, every time. Later, in their own time, students may approach the adult to politely ask to discuss the situation.
Pride Reward System
The rewards system focuses on five attributes that can be conferred through and developed within a variety of subjects.
These have been identified as core attributes that would contribute to success both in school and the wider world beyond. They are: Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication.
Towers PRIDE is about Towers students taking personal responsibility and choosing the right thing to do in lessons, therefore building a solid work ethic which promotes learning and achievement.
Tutors receive weekly updates for the students in their tutor group. These are reviewed on Monday mornings allowing tutors to offer support, advice and/or congratulations to students for their achievements. The system collates all the PRIDES and those students reaching 60+ PRIDE points are invited to tea and cake with the Principal at the end of each Autumn, Spring and Summer term.
Detentions & Isolation
Consequences are necessary in order to teach students to take personal responsibility.
- No notice detentions will be given for up to 13 minutes at the end of the day and 10 minutes at lunchtime for issues including lateness and missed deadlines.
- Issues beyond these will result in longer after school detentions; parents will be notified via behaviour watch.
- Failing to attend an after school detention will result in the student attending Saturday morning detentions; parents will be notified by phone and in writing. These detentions will run from 8.45am until 10.30am. Full uniform and self checking work will be completed in total silence.
- Failure to attend Saturday detention or failing Saturday detention will mean that students are isolated/twilighted for the next week and Saturday detention will be completed the following week.
- A correction will be given if a pupil makes a bad choice such as interrupting others in lessons by talking over silent practice. If a student is given two corrections in class, the next wrong decision will result in immediate isolation.
- If a student is isolated, they will work on self checking and reviewing their knowledge organisers. They will remain there until they have completed enough work to warrant leaving isolation.
- Students getting it wrong in isolation will be sent home or isolated with the Senior Leadership Team. Further sanction will follow and students will still have to serve isolation periods on their return.
- Students who persistently refuse to follow the school expectations and learn from these sanctions will be removed from mainstream lessons and will attend Twilight education sessions. If Twilight education sessions are put in place, parents must support the school as the student will not be able to return to mainstream lessons until a successful Twilight period has been completed, as judged by the quantity and quality of the work as well as the improvement in attitude. Return to the mainstream will be decided by the Senior Leadership Team.
Please email Mr. Field Assistant Principal for Behaviour for Learning for further information firstname.lastname@example.org