Our Expectations of all Students
As a school, everyone to be clear about the expectations. So far, the entire school community has been supportive of the journey we have taken, speaking positively about the changes they have seen. We now aim even higher because we believe in the potential of our students. All of our students deserve the chance to be the very best that they can be.
In order to achieve this, we need wholehearted support from all our families. In choosing to attend Towers, families are making the choice to follow all of our systems.
Expectations of all:
- We will be a school that works harder, smarter and faster.
- We will be a school that has increased discipline because we care.
- We will hold true to our focus on students’ welfare BUT every student will understand that “a reason is not an excuse”.
- We will have a curriculum that stretches and challenges and where high level knowledge is at the heart.
- The structure of every lesson will allow time for self checking and revision of knowledge.
- Every lesson will provide opportunity for silent, individual work.
- We will be a staff that is consistent across the board. We will have a community of students and parents who know that we are consistent.
- Our lessons will be purposeful and pacy. From start to finish.
- Students will be punctual to lesson and arrive ready to learn.
- Chat and low level disturbance will not be tolerated as it disrupts the learning of others.
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
Our Expectations of Behaviour & Uniform
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.
- With regards to jewellery, we will enforce our current expectations to the letter. 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.