Behaviour Standards

Consequence System/Tackling Low Level Disruption

Richmond School is rightly very proud of the way the vast majority of students conduct themselves in school. In the main, students are a credit to themselves and to their parents as well as being excellent ambassadors for the School. Furthermore, we pride ourselves on being an orderly community that is a happy and safe place in which to learn and work.

The School has introduced a system for recognising the number of awards of Star Performer recorded for each tutor group, and a reward system is in place for the highest performing tutor group as well as for individual students. The students are responding well to this development and the Star Performer League Table is eagerly anticipated each week.

At the start of the academic year 2014-2015 staff and students discussed the issue of low level disruption occurring in class by a minority of students. This matter was part of our improvement agenda for 2014-2015 and is now making a significant difference by ensuring that such behaviour is very rare in school.

Our rules and classroom expectations, which were devised by students some time ago, provide a clear framework in which all teachers are able to teach good lessons, meaning that students are able to learn to the best of their ability at all times.

They are:

  1. Follow the teacher’s instructions at the first time of asking
  2. Do not talk whilst the teacher or a member of the class is talkin
  3. Do not disturb the learning of other members of the class
  4. Be on time, remove your coat and be prepared and ready to work
  5. Work in the seat or area designated by your teacher
  6. Ensure mobile phones are switched off and in bags/pockets – unless they are being used as part of a learning activity
  7. No chewing or eating in class
  8. Actively listen to others when they are contributing to the lesson
  9. Ensure you have all the equipment you need for learning (e.g. pens/pencils/exercise books etc.)
  10. Try your best – if you are stuck or need help, ask, but do not be afraid to get things wrong

Tutors and teachers reinforce these rules and expectations and we expect all students to be clear about what is required of them. Staff will apply a consistent approach and any student who does not follow the school rules or meet the classroom expectations will be given a C1 etc. Equipment (pens) are available for sale at reception in case of emergencies (10p each).

Across the school
There is an after-school detention one day each week (currently Monday) between 3.30 and 4.30 pm for students who have accrued 3 behaviour points that week.  

In summary, the table below illustrates the scale of sanctions and detentions:

One Week Repercussions
1 or 2 Behaviour points Tutors/teachers see student
3 x Behaviour points Monday detention - 3.30 until 4.30 pm
More than 3 Behaviour points C4 Isolation for 1 day – parents informed via e-mail.

Failure to attend departmental or Monday detentions = C4 isolation for 1 day – Parents informed.

Failure to respond to C4s will result in exclusion and/or behaviour support programme.

The School Parental Portal has daily updates on Behaviour points awarded, for parents to view.

Parents are informed of detentions via e-mail on Friday evening at the latest, and all detentions take place on a Monday.  Those parents who do not have access to e-mail will be informed by a 'phone call.

It is in everyone’s best interest that we take a firm but fair approach, as all students have a right to learn in a purposeful environment. It is perfectly possible for students never to receive a detention if they behave responsibly and meet the classroom expectations which the students themselves have set.

We do hope you will welcome this strategy for good behaviour in lessons and that we can rely on your support.

It is our intention to monitor the progress of this approach on a regular basis and to review the situation on a regular basis.

Thank you for your support.