Arnold Hill School Behaviour Policy
We believe that students need a safe, secure and ordered environment in which to achieve their
full potential, both academically and socially. We aim to create this environment by having a
clear structure of expectations in which students can work and learn and others can teach.
Supporting this structure is a positive partnership between students, teachers and home. To this
end, all parents receive and are expected to sign a letter, which makes clear to them Arnold
Hill’s Behaviour For Learning system and their role in ensuring it’s smooth running and success.
Behaviour For Learning – The Philosophy
Behaviour For Learning is centred around three very simple concepts:
i) That all young people enjoy being effectively rewarded for their effort.
ii) That most young people need clear guidelines in terms of what constitutes good
iii) That effective communication between teachers, parents and students is essential in
We recognise that the vast majority of students are well-behaved, co-operative and responsible
and the heart of our policy is based on recognising and rewarding good and responsible
Our Classroom and Around School Rules are displayed in every room and provide the
foundations on which our Positive Discipline system works.
Behaviour for Learning - Classroom Rules
1. Arrive on time, fully equipped and ready to work
2. Stand in silence at the beginning and the end of each lesson
3. Do as you are told by staff – first time, every time
4. Listen in silence when the teacher or another student is speaking
5. Do your work well without distracting others
6. Put your hand up and wait for permission to speak
7. Pack up only when instructed and dismiss in silence
8. No mobile phones or electrical equipment to be seen, heard or used
Behaviour For Learning - Around School Rules
1. Be polite and show respect for other people
2. Do as you are told by staff – first time, every time.
3. Wear your school uniform correctly at all times (see school dress code).
4. Look after property and put litter in bins.
5. Eat and drink in the right place at the right time.
6. Walk around the school sensibly and quietly.
7. Outside lessons keep to your designated areas.
8. School opens at 8.30am; be at your form room and ready for registration at 8.40am.
School closes at 3.15pm;after 3.25pm no pupil should be on site without permission.
The Student Planner
Central to Behaviour For Learning is our Student Planner which forms the centre of
communication between school and parents. No personalising of the Student Planner will be
permitted and lost or damaged planners will need to be replaced at a cost of £4.00. The planner
will be bought to school each day with identified sanctions for students who forget or lose the
Each week, positive recognition of student achievement will be placed in the top right hand
page of the Student Planner. For all students this will be done in the form of subject specific
stamps which will recognise good, very good and excellent performance. All teaching and non-
teaching staff will operate within this system with three stamps leading to subject Credits which
in turn lead to a new system of achievement Certificates.
Students throughout Key Stages 3 & 4 will know whether they are on target to fulfil academic
achievement as the year progresses. For all students target levels are as follows:-
Christmas Holiday Bronze
Easter Holiday Silver
Summer Holiday Gold
Where students achieve ahead or beyond these levels then it can be assumed that academic
progress will be accelerated. Where these targets are not met then parents and students can
assume that academic potential is not being fulfilled.
Additionally, each form group will be attached to a member of the Senior Leadership Team so
that, each week, there is an opportunity to refer students for praise to a Senior Teacher as and
when the opportunity arises. Positive student performance will also be rewarded in three other
i) the sending of ‘departmental postcards’ each term to students who display particularly
high levels of commitment;
ii) the continuation and expansion of major awards ceremonies at the end of the academic
iii) the linking of other rewards such as trips, tokens and sports tickets to an academic
At times, of course, we have to recognise and accept that young people will not behave or work
in a manner which is acceptable. Where misdemeanours are minor or are a result of
carelessness it is likely that only a clear ‘verbal warning’ will be issued. It is expected that this
will be a sufficient prompt for most students to return to working acceptably.
Where misdemeanours are more serious or are persistent in nature then comments will be
placed in the Student Planner. Such comments will result in the loss of the Form Tutor Credit for
that week. 3 negative comments in a subject or from around school will result in a full School
Where student behaviour is particularly disruptive or when three school detentions have been
acquired in a subject area or as a result of misdemeanours around school a period of Isolation
will automatically follow.
Isolation is an extremely serious sanction. The Isolation Room has a functional and purposeful
environment with a bank of work which covers every curriculum area.
Students will be ‘isolated’ in the fullest sense of the word. A shorter lunch break will be taken
and at no time will the isolated student be allowed to socialise with other students. The room
will be fully supervised at all times.
The duration of the day in the Isolation Room will be from 8.40am – 3.15pm. All students who
are placed in the Isolation Room must bring their set books and equipment for that day.
A student who is late to Isolation (arriving after 9am) without a good reason will repeat the full
day at the earliest opportunity. A student who is absent during the course of an Isolation
session and does not produce a formal medical note will repeat a full period of Isolation.
The level of commitment displayed by the student will be recorded on the Isolation Record
Sheets at each period with the student’s performance being monitored the end of each school
day. A student who works satisfactorily or better will rejoin mainstream education though a
record of the period of Isolation will be kept in the child’s personal file. It may also be worth
noting once again that this sanction, as with any sanction, can be reached through a gradual
process of continued unacceptable behaviour or through the committing of a misdemeanour
which is considered sufficiently serious to warrant such an immediate sanction.
At Key Stage 3, if a student reaches Isolation largely as a result of misdemeanours connected
with homework and equipment they will serve a one day period of Isolation. For Key Stage 4
students and students in Lower School whose misdemeanours are largely behavioural, the first
period will be for two days. Students who continue to under-perform will work through two
further periods of three to four days.
On emerging from a final period of Isolation students will be placed on a Behaviour Contract.
The persistent breaking of the contract will automatically result in fixed term or permanent
Only in extreme circumstances of persistently disruptive behaviour, or a major incident, will the
Head Teacher consider the option of fixed term exclusion. After exclusion all students will
return to school to spend a period of time in Isolation – this is for a period of 1 day.
It is essential to point out, however, that we expect very few students to be doing anything
other than enjoying working well at school and receiving the rewards and benefits that go
with such an approach.