Letter about Detentions

September 10, 2018

Starting from Monday 17th September, we are introducing some new procedures for our detentions in school.

In classrooms, pupils are praised for their good work & behaviour, earning merit tokens, points and other rewards from their class teachers. For the vast majority of pupils, their behaviour is first rate and is often commented on by visitors. We are proud of this and also very grateful for the tremendous support that we have from you, their parents. You obviously set high regard for good behaviour it is very much appreciated by us.

Unfortunately, some pupils do not always respond to these and do not follow our classroom rules.

 

We have five rules across the school that all pupils are aware of:

  1. Follow instructions;

  2. Show respect for classmates;

  3. Show respect for staff;

  4. Complete work;

  5. Show respect for school property.

Not following the rules

  1. First, a pupil will receive a warning from a member of staff;

  2. Second, if they continue to misbehave, they will receive a 5 minute detention, to be taken in the hall with a senior member of staff at morning playtime;

  3. Third, if they continue after this, or if it is more serious, they will receive a 10 minute detention. (We do not keep the pupils in for the whole of playtime so that they have chance to go to the toilet before the next lesson starts).

Notifying parents

We like to tell parents about the good things that their children are doing in school. However, it is important that we let you know if their child’s behaviour is not as it should be. From Monday 17th…

  1. If your child has a detention, we will send you a text message. When you see your child at the end of the day please take time to speak with your child about this, reminding him/her about good behaviour;

  2. If your child has two or more detentions in a week, we will send you at text message asking you to speak to a member of staff at the end of the day. S/he will be able to explain what the detentions were for;

  3. If your child continues to have repeated detentions over a longer period, a member of staff will phone you asking to meet so we can address the reasons for your child’s behaviour;

  4. On occasions, when a pupil’s behaviour continues to be an issue, we may have to consider them being put on a report for a week or more. For more extreme behaviour, we may also have to exclude pupils. Fortunately, these consequences are infrequently used.

Our thanks

We are always grateful for the tremendous support that you give to our school. Whether it is to help pupils improve with their learning or with their behaviour, it is a joint partnership between home and school. We are always here for anyone who wishes to discuss any of these issues in school. Please contact us via the school office or catch a member of staff on the school playground at the start or end of the day.

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