Our vision – Inspired to learn, supported to succeed
Ringwood School has high expectations for student behaviour and student behaviour for learning.
Behaviour for learning is the behaviour that a student needs in order to learn effectively and make great progress. In a classroom, behaviour for learning is the active engagement of students, where they are stretched and challenged academically, but through learnt resilience and a positive growth mind set enjoy and achieve due to their focus, efforts and participation.
Each classroom uses the STARS expectations:
Sit up, listen and engage
Track the speaker at all times
Ask and answer questions like a scholar
Respond to instructions and requests from the teacher without question or comment
Show respect – one voice at a time without disrupting the learning of others
On occasion a student may need to receive a warning about their behaviour for learning in a lesson. Warnings are given in class when a student’s behaviour disrupts the learning of the class or when a student is not engaged in their learning. When the warning is given, the student diary is placed on the teacher’s desk (or equivalent space). This is a formal verbal and visual prompt to the student, to ensure they are clear that the warning has been given.
This warning is a student’s opportunity to settle and to make better choices for their learning and their peers in the classroom.
Warnings may be given for a range of reasons; including:
• Lack of engagement in the lesson
• Failing to respond to teacher instruction or request
• Talking when a member of staff or peer is talking
• Lack of respect of others or the classroom environment
• Disturbing the learning of others
A further warning means that behaviour is continuing to disrupt the learning of all students in the classroom or that a student remains disengaged in their work. An after school detention will be set.
|First warning given for disruption / lack of engagement with class work (STARS).
|Student diary on the teacher’s desk.
|A further reminder of STARS expectations following removal of diary.
|After school detention the next day
3.20-4.20pm (60 mins).
|Persistent poor behaviour / lack of engagement in one lesson after detention has been set.
|Sent to department buddy room.
Student must return to their class teacher at the end of the lesson.
Leadership detention – Friday after school (100mins).
|Refusal to go to the buddy room.
|Sent to on-call.
On-call will escort to buddy room.
Isolation and extended day until 5.00pm the next day.
We want to support all of our students to make positive choices and learn well so when a student’s behaviour is causing concern the pastoral team will always work with parents/carers to help rectify this. Ringwood School has a behaviour management system which has clearly defined and progressive sanctions. Students are placed onto this as sanctions such as after school detentions accumulate. Parents are informed of this by the member of staff responsible for the student at the relevant stage.
Behaviour is student conduct on and around the school site and community. The School expects that students will display outstanding behaviour by the following;
To speak respectfully to others by:
• Speaking politely to other students
• Thinking before you speak
• Keeping quiet if you have nothing pleasant to say
• Using appropriate language – foul or abusive language, including racially abusive language will never be tolerated at Ringwood School
• Keeping ‘street language’ out of school
To behave respectfully to others by:
• Using language and behaviour that would not encourage bullying (e.g. excluding anyone from a group, name calling, physical contact)
• Wearing school uniform correctly, with pride both in and to and from school
• Modelling good manners and integrity at all times
• Showing consideration in the corridors
• Holding doors open for other people
• Moving around school in a sensible, thoughtful and responsible way
• Queuing quietly and in an orderly manner
• Respecting duty instructions from prefects, 6th formers and staff by doing as you are asked first time
• Behaving in a manner which protects the health, safety and well-being of themselves and others i.e. no smoking, no physical contact with others and making healthy food and drink choices
• Respecting other students’ space and possessions
To respect the school environment by:
• Putting litter in the bins provided
• Looking after and having pride in your school environment
• Keeping the school tidy, clean and free from graffiti
• Reporting any damage to a member of staff
• Making sure you are in the right place at the right time, including at lunchtimes
• Eating and drinking only in the designated area
• Not bringing chewing gum onto the school site. Chewing gum is banned from the school site.
Possible sanctions in school
Communication with home is vital for students that are needing to use sanctions. The three-way relationship of school, parents and student is proven to have a big impact on student progress and outcomes.
Report cards are not a sanction in themselves but a means of monitoring progress in areas highlighted by teachers, parents or the student themselves.
There are 2 types of report card in school:
• STARS report card
• Home learning report card
Students will be placed on report for 2 weeks, when the card will be reviewed and students will either be escalated to the next level for no improvement, or de-escalated for improvement in line with school expectations. Parents/carers and the member of staff placing the student on report, should sign the report daily.
This is run by 2 Progress Leaders each day from 12.55-1.35pm. Where appropriate, students are escorted to buy lunch at 1.10pm.
Students are placed in G&A detention by Progress Leaders. They are placed into G&A detention if they are unable to meet behaviour standards during non-teaching time, for 3 strikes in a half term or other individual reasons. Isolated students also attend this detention for lunch time supervision.
After school detention (ASD)
This is run by 6 members of staff and a senior member of staff Tuesday – Friday from 3.20-4.20pm. Students are placed in ASD for either 2 warnings in a lesson or for HL1X or home learning failure 2. HL1X is when a student has the opportunity to hand in missed work for the first time and fails to do so.
Parents are informed of this detention through the class teacher for behaviour. An automated email is sent to parents for home learning once the detention has been set. The detention is also written in the student diary on the day the detention is. This ensures the student is clear that they have the detention.
Whilst in law parents may not withhold consent to detention as a reasonable punishment within the terms of the School’s disciplinary policy, we value our relationships with our parents and we will always aim to provide 24 hours notice.
This is run by 2 members of the Leadership Team each Friday from 3.20-5pm in LA2 and LA3.
Students are placed in Leadership detention for:
• 3 lates in the previous week (either to school or to lessons)
• Being sent to the buddy room
• Truancy (alongside extended days to make up hours)
• Second misuse of a mobile phone in a term.
• Other incidents
As this is the most serious sanction before isolation, students receiving multiple Leadership detentions in a half term, will receive an additional sanction to reflect the persistent defiance of school policies. Students receiving a third Leadership detention in a half term will also be placed in isolation for a day. A fourth Leadership detention in a half term will trigger a one day fixed term exclusion for persistent defiance of school policies.
Isolation and extended day
This is a serious sanction and is used for students where one behaviour or a series of behaviours causes great concern and warrants their removal from the classroom. Students are isolated from 8.40-5pm and have to complete work to an acceptable standard. Students will be required to hand over their mobile phone. Students work in isolation away from their peers and complete work that they would complete in the classroom. During this time, reflection work is completed with the pastoral support team to support students in making better choices in the future.
Fixed term exclusion
There are a range of reasons why a fixed term exclusion may be issued to a student. The full guidance on this is found in the Behaviour policy on our school website.
The student diary is integral to Ringwood School’s behaviour system. Therefore it is key that parents are ensuring students bring this into school each day. If a diary is lost or has graffiti on it, a replacement one will need to be purchased for £3.50 from student reception.
Mobile technology (phones) are not to be seen on the school site, unless students are requested by a member of staff to use them in a lesson to enhance their learning. 6th form students may use their phones in the 6th form social spaces.
Mobile phones will be confiscated if they are seen. A second or subsequent offence, will lead to a leadership detention. A third confiscation means that the phone will not be returned to a student but requires collection from a parent or carer.