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Behaviour and rewards

The climate for learning

Hethersett Academy is building a community where students feel secure, supported and well-placed to rise to challenges which allow them to flourish and take increasing responsibility for their own learning and development.

Students have the right to expect a guaranteed quality of provision. In turn, the school expects a matching quality of commitment from its students. Success is achieved through this mutual co-operation.

Classroom and site codes, the behaviour for learning policy and our anti-bullying policy are based on four key principles:

  • The right to learn
  • The right to teach
  • The right to health and safety
  • The right to respect and dignity

We expect students: 

  • To arrive punctually to lessons, in a calm manner, equipped and ready to learn
  • To have all equipment, including PSNs out on the desk at the start of the lesson and only pack away when instructed by the class teacher
  • To be listening and silent when the teacher, another adult or another student is speaking to the class
  • To raise their hands to answer a question or to ask for help or clarification on any work
  • To attempt all work and be resilient if the first attempt is not correct
  • To present all work to their potential and complete tasks to the best of their ability
  • To have a positive attitude towards their learning
  • To only discuss the work during lesson time and avoid out of classroom topics
  • To speak in a polite manner and avoid the use of any swear words
  • To remain in the lesson at all times, with break and lunchtimes being used for the toilet and to report any pastoral issues
  • To remain in the seats allocated by the teacher unless told to move
  • To enter and leave in a quiet and orderly fashion, standing behind desks each time
  • To be responsible for keep the academy tidy by placing all rubbish in the bins provided

Rewards

We will reward students for their progress, effort, behaviour, attendance, and contribution to the Academy and the community.

College points will be given to students for a number of different achievements which will then be banked with the prefects and put towards rewards throughout the year and towards the end-of-year trips with their year groups.

Every teacher will have one ‘golden ticket’ per week to give to any student across any of their lessons. This will be given to a student who has shown outstanding achievement, behaviour, or progress. It will be worth 20 college points and can be exchanged for a token for the snack shack, a chip voucher or put towards the student's overall college point total.

Mr Stevens will give out golden college points for outstanding behaviour and achievements which can be exchanged for chips or kept as college points.

Every half term each college will have a box of sweets to give to the form group who have collected the most college points. Don’t forget this will go towards the college cup at the end of the year!

You do not have to use your college points just for the rewards trip. You will be able to exchange your tokens for vouchers throughout the year but if you still want to go on the rewards trip you will need to use your college points like money in a bank account and make sure you have enough. The vouchers available are iTunes, Game, Odeon Cinema and Chapelfield.

Sanctions

Our discipline system builds on the behaviour for learning policy and provides clarity and consistency across the whole academy. Clear consequences ranging from verbal warnings to detentions are employed where students choose not to adhere to the classroom or site code.

The academy will give 24 hours’ notice of after-hours detentions and we ask for parental support over this matter to ensure that all students are treated equally.

More serious misdemeanours may result in further sanctions, such as internal exclusion, fixed-period exclusion, or permanent exclusion.

It must be stressed that such matters will only concern a small minority of students in any given year. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive community and recognise that, as in the wider world, while the majority respect commonly accepted rules some people need additional guidance and support.

For more information on our system of sanctions and rewards, see our Policy section.