The Academy’s Code of Conduct outlines the simple rules students are expected to follow. This is drawn up in consultation with staff, students and governors and is reviewed annually. The Code of Conduct is issued to all parents. In lessons, students are expected to follow a basic set of rules which are outlined below. There is a clear and consistent staged procedure, outlined below, which staff refer to during lessons. The Academy’s uniform and attendance policies are also issued to parents before the students start the Academy. The Academy operates various forms of inclusion to help support our more vulnerable students. The Academy may discipline students for misbehaviour when, taking part in any Academy-organised or Academy-related activity; travelling to or from the academy; wearing Academy uniform or when they are in some other way identifiable as a student in the Academy. Also, discipline may be applied where a student’s actions could have repercussions; for the orderly running of the Academy; pose a threat to another student or member of the public; adversely affect the reputation of the Academy.
- Be punctual to lessons.
- Do not talk during whole class explanations.
- Do not speak out of turn or cause low-level disruption.
- Have full equipment ready.
- Observe uniform rules at all times.
- Be at your own desk and face forward.
- Attempt all the work set.
- Do not use mobile phones.
- Do not chew or drink.
Lesson Staged Procedure
X - verbal warning; XX - second verbal warning; XXX – 15-minute break detention; XXXX – one-hour detention.
Barriers to Learning
If a student’s behaviour poses a serious risk to health and safety, a risk assessment is completed with the parents and relevant agencies e.g. Safeguarding.
The decision to sanction a student will be made by a paid member of Academy staff or a member of Academy staff authorised by the Principal. The decision to punish a student and the sanction itself must be made on the Academy premises or while the student is under the charge of the member of staff. The punishment will not breach any other legislation and it will be reasonable and proportionate.
Persistent breaches of the Academy's Code of Conduct are dealt with using the following staged procedure.
The decision to exclude a student permanently would be taken in response to serious breaches of the Academy’s behaviour policy or if allowing the student to remain in the Academy would seriously harm the education or welfare of the pupil or others in the Academy. In the case of the Governing Body upholding a permanent exclusion, this can be challenged by an independent review panel. The review panel will not be able to direct the Academy to reinstate a student, but may advise that this should be the case. The decision to exclude a student for a fixed period should be taken on the balance of probabilities, only in response to the Academy’s behaviour policy, including persistent disruptive behaviour, where these are not serious enough to warrant permanent exclusion, and lesser sanctions such as detention are considered inappropriate.
Serious Misconduct includes, but is not limited to;
- Physical violence or assault against a fellow student or staff member.
- Threats of violence or assault against a fellow student or staff member.
- Foul or abusive language towards a member of staff.
- Bullying or cyber bullying against a fellow student.
- Theft on Academy premises.
- Use or possession of drugs or drug-related paraphernalia, alcohol or cigarettes, or illegal substances.
- Serious damage to school property.
- Refusing Academy discipline.
- Deliberately presenting a health and safety risk to themselves or others.
- Invasion of another person’s personal space.
- Name calling.
- Sexual touching.
- Any anti-social behaviour within the Academy or when travelling to and from the Academy.
- Malicious allegations against the Academy, the staff or the students.
The rationale is to raise the profile of rewards in the Academy and be brought tightly in line with basic expectations relating to achievement, uniform, equipment, attendance, punctuality and behaviour. The rewards system is reviewed on a termly basis by taking into account the views of parents, students and staff.
Students remain part of the CV2 club if they meet the following criterion for a half term.
Form tutors, in conjunction with Lead Students, must monitor the students in their form class. Students who do not achieve the above requirements are removed from the CV2 Club. Those students who achieve this requirement qualify for a CV2 Credit Card each half term.
Form tutors, in conjunction with Lead Students, monitor students in each form class. Students who do not achieve the above requirements are removed from the CV2 Club. The CV2 Club is updated by form tutors at least weekly.
*All Credit Cards gained count towards qualification and discounts for the reward trip.
Celebration of Rewards
A rewards assembly is held at the beginning of each half term to celebrate the achievements of students, relating to the categories outlined above. Certificates and prizes are given to successful students. Breakfasts are provided for form classes that are successful in the Attendance Football League.
Contact with Parents
We try to inform parents at the earliest possible stage of any concerns, and to involve them in strategies to improve their child’s behaviour. Our aim is always to work with parents to improve behaviour. This includes frequent informal contact by telephone, in addition to the more formal contact via letter, and at interviews and review meetings. Reports to monitor behaviour are reviewed by parents on a daily basis, while termly reports for all students include comments on effort and behaviour, as well as progress. The Student Welfare Officers will be available to meet with parents in order to discuss any issues or concerns during the Academy day. Heads of Year may also meet with parents outside of school hours in order to ensure that the students are working to their potential whilst in the Academy; discussing academic, behaviour, social or other issues that may arise from time to time. For students with emotional and behavioural difficulties, the SEND team meet parents and other agencies regularly, according to the SEND calendar. For students who have been excluded on a number of occasions within a term (or Academy year) the Governing Body may decide to offer the parent a contract that will be signed by all parties to provide support to both the parent and the student to improve the student’s behaviour. In cases of extreme behaviour an ABA may be offered to parents, or a meeting with the Community Police Officers linked with the Academy.