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Behaviour Management Guidance for Students 2016-2017

Poole Grammar School                                

Behaviour Management Guidance for Students 2016-2017

What are your responsibilities and rights as a student at Poole Grammar School?

You must take responsibility for your own actions and seek to develop and maintain high standards of self-discipline, conduct and appearance. It is expected that you will observe the code of conduct below.


You must:

·         treat all members of the school community, visitors, the environment and the material resources of the school with consideration and respect at all times;

·         be aware of safety issues for yourself and for others (for example, when moving around the school and when not directly supervised, including travel to and from school);

·         try to do your best in everything you do, including being punctual, well prepared and smartly dressed (in line with the letter and the spirit of the school regulations);

·         follow the instructions of all those in authority (including teachers, support staff and prefects).


In addition, you have a responsibility to ensure that incidents of disruption, violence, bullying and any form of harassment are reported.

While having these responsibilities, you also have corresponding rights:

  • the right to be treated with consideration and respect by all members of the school community:
  • the right to feel safe (physically and emotionally) while in school and travelling to and from school;
  • the right to learn and to participate to the best of your ability in all that the school offers;
  • the right to appropriate support, guidance and encouragement from all those in authority (including teachers, support staff and prefects).

Where you meet or exceed the expectations that the school places upon you, you can expect to be rewarded. These rewards may be in the form of recognition in terms of subject or form prizes, the role of main school leader or prefect, contact with home or achievement points, but the rewards may also be realised when it comes to completing courses in the grades you achieve.

However, where your conduct falls short of these expectations, it is only right that sanctions or restrictions are put in place to assist you in understanding where you have made the wrong choices.

What is acceptable or unacceptable behaviour?

Acceptable behaviour promotes courtesy, co-operation and consideration from all students towards

  • other students;
  • all school staff;
  • visitors to the school;
  • members of the public encountered on school activities.

Some examples of unacceptable behaviour are

  • name calling and verbal abuse;
  • rowdy behaviour;
  • vandalism;
  • foul or threatening language;
  • threatening behaviour and physical abuse;

Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list; the school rules should be the main guide to the standards of behaviour expected of you. The interpretation of these is down to the member of staff, but Mr Baker is the final decision maker with regard to where the line is drawn.

What is expected of you in lessons?

  1. At the start of a lesson, you:
  • arrive on time;
  • enter sensibly and go to your place (decided by teacher);
  • take out books, pens etc.
  1. During a lesson, you:
  • remain silent and attentive when the teacher is talking to the whole class;
  • do not disturb the teaching or the learning of others;
  • note down homework accurately, complete it and hand it in on time;
  • may not eat or chew gum;
  • may drink water from a clear, plastic bottle with permission from the teacher (never in the library, computer rooms or near computers elsewhere, workshops, music room and science laboratories);
  • may, if you are in Year 9 or above, listen to music when doing individual work if the teacher gives permission, but you may not share headphones;
  • should not request to go to the toilet or fill up your water bottle.
  1. At the end of a lesson, you:
  • pack away when instructed;
  • put chairs under tables (or on tables if last lesson of the day);
  • pick up any litter;
  • leave in an orderly fashion, properly dressed for the next lesson, break, lunch or going home.

What happens if there are problems in lessons?

Problem Consequence
Misbehaviour Depending on the seriousness of the incident, your teacher may tell you off, move you in the class or give you a detention. A note will be written in your diary and this may be added to your school behaviour record.

Depending on the nature of the incident, you may be issued with a minor. If this is the case, you must get your parent/carer to initial the minor that evening.

Repeated misbehaviour If you frequently offend in the same way, you will be referred to the Head of Department and perhaps subsequently to your Year Head. This would lead to more formal contact with your parents, school detention, internal isolation and possibly exclusion. Teachers will record details of this on your school behaviour record.
Disruption You could be sent out of the room for a short while to ‘cool off’ or, in the worst cases, you would be sent to the School Office, where the staff would fetch a senior member of staff. This would lead to more formal contact with your parents, school detention, internal isolation and possibly exclusion.
Work-related problems If the quality of your class or homework is unsatisfactory, you will be required to redo it. If you do not do your homework or coursework on time, you can expect your teacher to give you a detention (either lunchtime or after school). Teachers will record details of this on your school behaviour record.
Persistent work-related problems If you repeatedly fail to satisfy work requirements, you will be referred to the Head of Department and subsequently to your Year Head. This would lead to more formal contact with your parents, school detention and internal isolation.

What is expected of you outside subject lessons?

  1. Registration/tutor period:
  • you must arrive on time and sit in your allocated seat (not on tables, lab benches, window sills etc);
  • as well as taking the register, tutors will deal with matters of uniform, diary completion, collection of homework, the state of the room and they will follow up incidents/problems when these have been brought to their attention;
  • tutors will also take an interest in your general achievements, both in extra-curricular activities, and in life outside school as well as academic progress;
  • you will be expected to contribute positively to any discussions about issues such as tutor group ethos, general behaviour, punctuality/attendance, bullying and whole-school issues.
  1. Tutor rooms
  • as a privilege, you are allowed to stay in your own tutor rooms at break (if it is not a lab or workshop), while at lunchtime only Years 9 – 11 may use tutor rooms and eat packed lunches there;
  • students in Years 7 – 9 are not allowed to visit other tutor rooms;
  • you are responsible for the cleanliness and tidiness of your room at the end of break and lunchtime.
  1. The Canteen
  • main school students must enter from the front of the hall;
  • those in the lower main school must not join the main queue at break until allowed to do so by duty staff; you must queue in the bottom of the hall in an orderly fashion prior to this;
  • you must not leave bags in a thoroughfare (see signs);
  • you must queue up in an orderly fashion (full uniform must be worn);
  • you must sit down to eat your food;
  • courtesy and consideration for others is expected at all times;
  • as a user of the canteen, you clear your own tables and put rubbish in a bin;
  • all hot food purchased from the canteen must be eaten there, as must ‘unwrapped’ cold items.
  1. Around the school
  • Staff (teaching and support) deal with minor offences on the spot;
  • All infringements meriting further action (including issues in the library) will be referred initially to the Head of Year. Certain kinds of offence (for example, damage to the building) will be referred on to the appropriate Deputy Head.

Expectations of written work

The following standards are the schools agreed minimum standard with regard to the quality of written work. All written work that you produce should meet these expectations.

  • Each piece of work should have a title.
  • Titles should be underlined using a ruler.
  • Each piece of work should have a date.
  • Work should be written in pen, which must be black or blue in colour.
  • Answers should always be in the form of full sentences that incorporate the question, unless the teacher specifies otherwise.
  • Care must be taken to ensure that spelling, punctuation and grammar is checked and mistakes corrected before work is handed in.
  • Diagrams, tables, drawings and graphs should be in pencil and a sharp pencil must be used.
  • Straight lines in diagrams, tables and graphs should be drawn with a ruler.
  • Diagram, table and graph labels should be written in pen, which must be black or blue in colour.
  • Diagrams, tables, drawings and graphs should be at least half a page in size, unless the teacher specifies otherwise.
  • There should be no doodling or graffiti on any work or exercise book.
  • When using an exercise book, there should be no waste of space – large numbers of lines or parts of a page or whole pages should not be left unused.
  • When using an exercise book care and attention must be taken to use the margin and lines appropriately when handwriting.
  • Incorrect work should be crossed out neatly with a single line through work that should be ignored.
  • Worksheets, graphs drawn on graph paper, and other loose sheets must be securely glued into exercise books.
  • Where work fails to meet these standards, a minor will be issued.

Movement around the school

General principles:

  • movement around the school must be at walking pace, with students and staff keeping to the left in the corridors;
  • high standards of self-discipline and conduct are expected. It follows, therefore, that all should do everything possible to avoid making congestion worse, eg by staying in single file, not pushing and generally by being patient.

For safety reasons, at lesson changeover times, certain areas of the school operate a one-way system that is clearly indicated and to which all students must adhere.

Students who are observed deliberately causing congestion and ‘bundling’ will be dealt with by the member of staff and will then be reported to their Year Head, who will require them to perform some community service.

Student Conduct Record

The school information management system is used to record details of your conduct, both positive and negative. The information will be used to enable your teachers, tutor and head of year to offer targeted support where necessary, and reward you when you are meeting or exceeding the expectations that the school has of you.

Behaviour points

Where negative behaviour is recorded on your conduct record, a number of “behaviour points” will accrue. At particular thresholds, you should expect interventions from your tutor, your head of year, deputy head or the head teacher.

Achievement Points

Where you have exceeded the expectations placed upon you by the school in any sphere of school life, this should be recognised by staff.

The following examples indicate what might be rewarded:

  • excellent effort in any piece of work or activity;
  • excellent piece of work / improvement in relation to the student’s potential;
  • positive contribution to the tutor group or year;
  • excellent or improved attendance;
  • recognition of leadership skills;
  • excellent test or examination results;
  • meeting targets set by tutor, subject teacher or Year Head;
  • enrichment of school life and reputation;
  • service to others and/or the community.

One of the ways that staff may recognise your achievements is through the issue of achievement points. Staff will issue these in a variety of ways, but the member of staff should record them on your conduct record. As the points accumulate, you will qualify for various commendations:

  • 15 points –              Tutor’s commendation
  • 30 points –              Head of Year’s commendation
  • 60 points –              Deputy Head’s commendation
  • 100 points –              Headteacher’s commendation
  • 150 points –              Chair of Governors’ commendation

In addition to this, subject departments may issue departmental commendations for noteworthy progress in their area.


Where self-discipline is inadequate, a range of sanctions are used. These aim to emphasise that poor choices lead to certain consequences. Decisions about the appropriate sanction to be used will always be made by the staff, considering the specific circumstances and background to the offence. This must be borne in mind when looking at the examples of misdemeanour shown below.

Sanction Examples of misdemeanour

Recorded in the diary for smaller issues that do not merit a sanction. 5 minors = a School Lunchtime Detention, given by the head of year.

·         B – misbehaviour – one-off small occurrence

·         O – minor organisation failure

·         L – lateness – one-off

·         U – uniform – one minor slip

·         W – written work deficiencies

Dinner Duties

Canteen at 13:40 to assist with tidying the hall.

For non-academic misdemeanours

·         Diary not signed/incomplete

·         Failures in organisation.

·         Uniform infringement after warnings and minors.

·         Running in corridors.

·         Leaving litter/mess in canteen or elsewhere

·         Small instances of inappropriate behaviour.

Departmental Detention

May be lunchtime or evening; duration, location, supervision and work to be arranged by the department, noted in diary

For issues that are academic, subject-specific, or involving behaviour in the classroom

·         Disruption in lesson.

·         Work not completed in lesson.

·         Homework not done/coursework incomplete.

·         Failure to complete copying-up.

School Lunchtime Detention

Held daily in N1 (13:25-14:20)

For more serious offences and non-academic concerns

·         Anti-social behaviour in corridors/tutor rooms.

·         Persistent uniform infringements.

·         Work not copied up after absence.

·         Accumulated minors

·         Non-attendance at departmental detentions

·         Rowdy behaviour during lunchtime

School Evening Detention

Held on Thursdays in N1

For serious/persistent offences/misbehaviour

·         Having cigarettes/smoking in school/on an activity.

·         Repeated poor behaviour in a range of areas

·         Failure to follow instructions of any member of teaching or support staff.

·         Failure to respond to repeated warnings.

·         Failure to attend detentions following previous non-attendance at lunchtime/departmental/N1 detention.

·         Serious disruption.

·         Intimidation/harassment/bullying of peers.

·         Vandalism or theft (other sanction may be added)

Internal Isolation

Imposed by Head of Year or by Deputy Head; may be recreation times only or lesson times also

Persistent failure/refusal to cooperate with staff (teaching or support).

·         Swearing at any member of teaching or support staff.

·         Physical assault of student(s). (The nature and severity of the incident could lead to a more serious sanction if appropriate).

·         More serious instances of bullying of other member(s) of the school community.

Fixed Term Exclusion

Follows the involvement of a Deputy Head and is imposed by the Headmaster

For serious incidents of dangerous, defiant, abusive/violent behaviour, or persistent failure to meet the expectations of the school and its staff.

·         Aggressive behaviour towards any member of staff.

·         Having or using alcohol on school premises or on a school activity.

Permanent Exclusion

Follows the involvement of a Deputy Head and is imposed by the Headmaster

A single, very serious or illegal act which threatens the safety of the school community or any individual or repeated failure to respond to the school’s expectations.

·         Supplying or using illegal drugs on school premises or on a school activity.

·         An assault which leads to serious injury

·         Persistent, deliberate misbehaviour incompatible with continued membership of the school

·         Serious incidents of indiscipline over a long period of time and following a number of fixed term exclusions.


Other strategies used are:

  • removal from the lesson to another lesson in the same department;
  • involvement of parents;
  • report card;
  • withdrawal of privilege;
  • community service:
  • use of targets / action plan.

Pastoral and academic support is generally offered to students in a variety of ways. Similarly, individual teachers and departments offer support, homework ‘catch-up’ in lunchtimes and after school.

The Homework Club operates Mondays – Fridays from 15:30-17:00 in CR3; the library is also available throughout the day from 08:00 until 17:00 after school. Computer Room 5 is normally open to students every morning from 07:45 until registration, and CR2 is usually open at lunchtimes.



Expectations – a summary

Punctual Arrive on time
Organised Bring the correct equipment and be ready for each lesson quickly
Positive Do your best to contribute to lessons /tutor periods /school life
Cooperative Follow all instructions and school rules properly
Supportive Do not hinder the learning or recreation of others
Attentive Listen in silence when the teacher is talking
Considerate Leave all classrooms, corridors clean and tidy
Safe Move around sensibly at walking pace, keeping to the left