At Hexham Middle School we believe that discipline is best maintained through the positive approach of praise, encouragement and incentives and to this end we have adopted a policy of Positive Behaviour Management, which stresses the positive recognition of good behaviour balanced by a series of sanctions. Our aim is to create a secure and pleasant atmosphere in which pupils feel able give of their best without disruption.

In order to recognise and reward positive behaviour, teachers will use general and individual praise regularly. Rewards will include comments in the Home-School Planner, the issue of a raffle ticket for a termly draw, and the issue of a House Plus.

The vast majority of pupils respond well to the behaviour policy. Where pupils fail to display an acceptable standard of behaviour, despite all encouragement to do so, sanctions are available to staff. We operate a system of warnings and yellow and red cards which in turn lead to the involvement of the Class Teacher or Key Stage Leader. Staff are encouraged to contact parents early should there be any cause for concern. When sanctions are being taken we feel it is important that the child understands fully that it is the behaviour that is unacceptable and not the child.

Persistent misbehaviour will be referred to the Key Stage Leader or a senior member of staff and contact will normally be made with home. It is important that pupils know never to leave the school premises without permission. We need your co-operation in ensuring your child understands the dangers of doing so.

Detention
The school operates a system of detention to punish persistent or serious misbehaviour. Parents will be informed of a detention by letter or telephone at least 24 hours before the detention takes place. Detention is not optional - the letter is sent home for information and we ask that it be returned signed by the parent.

All pupils have information regarding behaviour in their pupil planners titled ‘School Behaviour Policy’.

 

Red and Yellow Cards

  

1st yellow2nd yellow (within 5 school days)2 yellows within 5 school days twice in a half-termFurther yellow card(s) whilst on report
Issuing teacher notes in planner.
Admin staff enter on school data record and following day’s bulletin
Issuing teacher notes in planner
Admin staff enter on school data record
Issuing teacher notes in planner
Admin staff enter on school data record
First – recorded by class teacher – repeat day on report
Class teacher speaks to pupil and checks planner Card taken by pupil to Head of Year – speaks to pupil and signs card (Head of Year has option to apply further sanction) Send to Head of School – 1st Red Card issued by class teacher
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Second – send to Head of Year – Repeat day on report
Student in detention breaktime following day Class teacher places pupil on internal report for 5 school days – notes in planner   Third – send to Head of School – 1st Red Card issued by class teacher
See below:
1st red2nd red3rd red4th red
Send to Head of School during registration, with red card. Head issues internal report Class teacher marks “2” on card – to Head of Year then to Head during registration Class teacher marks “3” on card – to Year Leader then to Head of School during registration Class teacher marks “4” on card – to Year Leader
On report for 4 days to Head of Year Head of Year phones parents to arrange appointment Head of School speaks to pupil Student placed on internal exclusion immediately
Admin staff enter on school data record and send detention letter (half-hour Tuesday) On school/home report to Deputy Head 5 days Admin staff enter on school data record and send detention letter (hour Friday) and meeting arranged Senior Leaders decide on further action
  Admin staff enter on school data record and send detention letter (hour Friday) Parents seen and informed that a further Red card will lead to exclusion Parents informed