At Jane Austen College we are extremely proud of the potential our students have and our College community. We want to recognise our students’ success when they contribute something to the community so that they see how much we appreciate them. We also need to issue consequences for students who make mistakes that harm the community, and ensure that these consequences are proportionate to the harm done. When consequences are issued, they help students learn from their mistakes.
This guide outlines how we expect students to behave, how we recognise excellent behaviour, and the consequences for poor behaviour.
Our school rules
- Be polite to each other
- Never answer back to staff
- Always be on task
- Wear our uniform with pride
- Have correct equipment
- Be punctual to school and lessons
- Look after the school environment
- Only use mobile phones outside of the school gate
We want to recognise a student’s contribution whenever they:
- Put in significant effort
- Achieve excellent progress
- Care for and support another student
- Contribute something to the wider school community
Students are awarded House Points for doing any of the above, both inside and outside of lessons. Our staff give out one postcard every day to the student who has impressed them the most: these are not easy to get!
We also have formal events throughout the year to recognise students who have been consistently excellent. These include Recognition Events during the school day, celebration assemblies, and our End of Year Prizegiving.
There are two main consequences that will be issued if students harm the community by not following one of our rules:
Demerits and detentions
A demerit will be the usual consequence for breaking a school rule, and can be issued by any member of staff. If a student receives two demerits in a day then they will receive a 30 minute after school detention that day. Some specific behaviours will result in two demerits being received at once, and so automatically receiving a detention. A student can sit two detentions on one day if necessary. We will text parents/carers to inform you if your child has a detention.
Red lines and isolation
If a student is on track to cause significant harm to the school community, for example by disrupting a class or refusing to follow a teacher’s instruction, then a member of staff will warn them that they are approaching a red line. This is our way of letting students know how serious their behaviour is and giving them a chance to change. If a student does not change their behaviour then they have crossed the red line. This will result in the student being taken to the Behaviour Room where they will be kept separate from other students until they have rectified the problem, for example by acknowledging what they did wrong and writing an apology. The length of time spent in the Behaviour Room will be decided by their Head of Year or another member of the Pastoral team, but would usually be a minimum of half a day. In cases of severe poor behaviour then an additional sanction could be given.
There are some specific circumstances that have other consequences, where there are other more proportionate consequences available:
Students sit a safeguarding meeting if they are late to school in their morning break time. Assistant Heads of Years check to ensure that students are safe. Missing a late meeting will result in an after school detention.
Students who do not look after the College environment will be asked to carry out some community service. Students will report to their Assistant Head of Year at lunchtime and be issued with a task to match the way in which they harmed the College environment, for example a student who dropped litter may be required to do some litter picking.
Any item not permitted in school will be confiscated by staff and can only be collected by a parent/carer. This includes any non-permitted jewellery that is worn, and any phones that are seen or heard while on school premises (for clarity, this means past the school gates). In the case of a mobile phone this will also lead to an automatic detention.
In case of serious or persistent poor behaviour we will have to use more serious sanctions. It is always our aim to avoid doing this, and we will endeavour to work with parents to fix worsening behaviour before a student receives any kind of exclusion. However, we will sometimes have to use an exclusion when it is the right thing to do for student involved and the wider school community. There are four types of exclusion that can be used:
An Internal Exclusion will take place in the Internal Exclusion room at Jane Austen College. This sanction will be issued in instances of significantly poor behaviour and defiance, or when behaviour expectations are repeatedly not met. The Internal Exclusion could be for one day or more.
An Internal Exclusion will take place at another Inspiration Trust school. This is sometimes referred to as an Internal Trust Exclusion.
A student is asked to stay at home and not attend school for a fixed number of days. During this period they may legally not appear in a public place during school hours.
Permanent Exclusion is always a last resort and the school will work closely with students and their families to avoid taking this step whenever we believe it is a risk.