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Our attendance objective is to sustain above National Average at 95% attendance. Attendance is directly linked to achievements and is essential in supporting success throughout school.

But what exactly is good attendance?

Attendance figures are on every Aiming High report and updated daily via the SIMS App.

We thank you for your continued support in ensuring that your child attends school. It is parental responsibility to make contact with Richmond School on any day of absence before 8:30am


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 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 respond well to this and the Star Performer League Table is eagerly anticipated each week in assemblies.
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:

  • Follow the teacher’s instructions at the first time of asking
  • Do not talk while the teacher or a member of the class is talking
  • Do not disturb the learning of other members of the class
  • Be on time, remove your coat and be prepared and ready to work
  • Work in the seat or area designated by your teacher
  • Ensure mobile phones are switched off and in bags/pockets – unless they are being used as part of a learning activity
  • No chewing or eating in class
  • Actively listen to others when they are contributing to the lesson
  • Ensure you have all the equipment you need for learning (e.g. pens/pencils/exercise books etc.)
  • 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.

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 three behaviour points that week.

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

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 SIMS App 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 continuing 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.

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