Behaviour & Discipline including Exclusion
The School places a high priority on maintaining its standards of conduct and courtesy, both in the classroom and around the School. Where self-discipline is inadequate, the following framework operates:
- Minor infringements of school regulations are dealt with by duty, subject or form/tutor group staff.
- The Year Heads deal with more serious breaches of school discipline, with referral as necessary to the Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral). For Main School pupils there is an after-school detention system.
- The most serious disciplinary matters come before the Headteacher, whose ultimate sanction is formal exclusion of the pupil from school.
- Parents are provided with a copy of School Rules and Routines as part of the joining literature. It is expected that all pupils will have read this document before they join the school and that parents accept and support the school’s procedures.
The simplicity of the above framework indicates the very high standards of behaviour the School is used to: one of the major features of the School, of which we are proud, is the way in which a purposeful working atmosphere is able to be achieved in a notably relaxed manner, though firm action is always taken when necessary to maintain the working ethos.
It is expected that parents undertake that their sons, if given places, will observe the high standards of behaviour traditionally set by the school.
Poole Grammar School uses the full range of sanctions available to schools, including exclusions. We use internal isolation, where students are educated apart from their peers for one or more days, and where their social time is supervised. Fixed term exclusion is used for cases of serious breaches of our school rules, and permanent exclusion is also available where needed for the protection of other members of the school community.
Where fixed term or permanent exclusions are used, we follow statutory guidance. Parents/carers are issued with a letter detailing the reasons for the exclusion, and the letter informs them of their right to make representations to the Governing Body regarding the exclusion. Where fixed term exclusions are used, a reintegration meeting is arranged to support the student on their return to school to which parents/carers are expected to attend. The school provides work for excluded students so they can maintain their learning during the period of exclusion.
Wherever possible, the school uses alternatives to exclusion in order to encourage positive behaviour, as detailed in the ‘Behaviour and Discipline’ section of this website. The number of exclusions is very low when compared with national averages, but this sanction is used in appropriate cases.
The School Behaviour Policy can be downloaded here.