At Ashington High School we believe that all good behaviour should be rewarded. Such rewards include:
- This is the most important part of encouraging positive attitudes in lessons and around school
- LEAP is one of our reward systems and is run through Frog. Students can get LEAP points for a number of different reasons such as; being a model citizen, outstanding effort, consistent correct uniform etc.
- LEAP points are allocated by staff on Frog
- Every member of staff has an individual weekly allocation
- LEAP points are displayed on Frog for students and parents to see
- Students can save points up and use them to purchase rewards via our online ‘Lily Pad’ store
- Points contribute to House Points, rewards trips etc.
- Students are able to view their LEAP points on Frog
- In addition to LEAP information on Frog, many subjects issue postcards or write home on a regular basis
- Reward trips at the end of each term are motivating for some students. Spaces on trips are allocated using a combination of good attendance and behaviour. Recent trips have included the Metrocentre, bowling, Alton Towers and Lightwater Valley
- At the end of every term we host a whole school raffle. Students are able to purchase raffle tickets using their LEAP points in the Lily Pad store. Past prizes have included a PlayStation 3, shopping vouchers, iPod’s…and many more!
Our Behaviour Code is displayed throughout the school. Students must follow this code at all times.
The following sanctions are utilised to discipline students for instances of negative behaviour:
- Students are generally issued with a verbal warning from staff to give them the opportunity to change their behaviour
- Flags are issued to students after a verbal warning has not taken effect
- Students receive flags for reasons such as low level disruption, no homework, refusing to follow instructions and inappropriate attitude
- An accumulation of flags over the course of a week will result in a whole school detention
- Flags also highlight trends in behaviour so effective interventions can be put in place to support students as best we can in order to prevent future problems from occurring
Students may be placed on report for repeated lateness, refusing to follow instructions, lack of effort or consistently causing disruption. We have five reports in school;
- Late report – for students who are consistently late to school or lessons
- Tutor report – first tier of reports used to improve behaviour
- Year Manager report – second tier of reports used for behaviour and is consistently monitored by the Year Manager
- SLT report – third and final tier of behaviour reports monitored by a member of the Senior Leadership Team
- Effort report – used primarily in Year 11 to keep students on track with coursework
- Whole school detentions take place every Tuesday from 3pm – 4pm. and are supervised by the relevant Year Manager. You will receive a letter informing you if your child is on this detention.
- Subject and Faculty detentions take place throughout the week. The relevant teacher will contact you if your child is to be kept after school for a sustained period of time.
- Break/Lunchtime detentions are issued for varying reasons and will usually be completed on the same day or the day after your child receives the sanction
The government states that schools do not have to give notice when a student is on detention or provide a reason as to why the detention has been issued; however, Ashington High School will always endeavour to contact home and inform you if your child has been issued with a detention. Please click this link for further info: https://www.gov.uk/school-discipline-exclusions/discipline
- Our Behaviour Unit operates during 10.30am – 4.30pm. If your child is placed in the Unit for a full day, then they will come into school for a 10.30am start. You will always be notified if your child is to be placed in the Unit for the full day.
- Students may also be placed in the Behaviour Unit for shorter periods of time when deemed appropriate
- We always try our best to avoid externally excluding students from our school. On the odd occasion where this may be unavoidable, the external exclusion will usually be followed up with the student spending some time in the Behaviour Unit
We run numerous interventions to support students with their behaviour. This can be done in a one-to-one session or with a group of identified students. Interventions are conducted by staff within school, occasionally with the support of external agencies.