Our expectations for behaviour in the college are based upon the idea that all students are responsible for their own behaviour, and that when their behaviour does fall below expectations, they have a clear understanding as to why, and how they can avoid repeating the same behaviour in the future.
However we are also clear that we will not compromise the teaching and learning of others as a result of the poor choices of individuals. Which means we have clear routines and consequences in place for students who do make the wrong choices, which all members of the college work with.
A range of consequences may result due to breeches of our behaviour for learning expectations. These include after school detentions, targeted behaviour reports or use of fixed term exclusions.
Any rare serious breeches, which we would consider to be zero tolerance would also have specific consequences attached to them as a result.
We work closely with parents and carers, as well as a number of external agencies to support students with behavioural issues. We also run a specialist provision on site for any students with more serious behavioural issues, offering a personalised programme of support and lessons.
We also expect students to maintain the same behavioural expectations when representing the college outside of normal classes. Their behaviour on trips and visits is just as important to us, and breeches will be dealt with on their return. The same expectations, especially in relation to their online presence involving other students or the college, also applies.
We operate a “Silent and Away” expectation for mobile phones and other similar devices. Students will not be prevented from bringing phones into the college; however, we expect them to be on silent and put away in bags as soon as they enter the college site, until they leave the site at the end of the college day.
There will be no requirement for them to use their phones in the normal college day, planners should be fully utilised for things like writing down homework and timetables.
Any phones seen during the day by staff will be immediately confiscated. They will be collected via the on-call system and will then secured in the front reception area, where students will have to sign for their collection at the end of the college day.
All confiscations will be logged centrally. If there are any students who have mobiles confiscated more than two times, we hold onto them for parents to collect. Any students who refuse to hand over their phones will be dealt with as per our normal behaviour protocols and procedures.