Behaviour for learning
Bridge Academy code of conduct
- We respect ourselves and others
- We respect other people’s property
- We listen and follow instructions the first time we are asked
- We always ensure that effective learning and teaching take place
- We always use ICT responsibly
- We respect our school environment
- We take pride in our appearance and our school uniform
- We speak quietly and politely to others
- We move quietly and sensibly around the building
- We only bring to school items which are necessary
Behaviour for learning
At The Bridge Academy we want to maintain a safe, inclusive, co-operative and successful school where all students and staff can learn and teach in a positive and supportive environment. We want to build and maintain positive relationships between all members of the school community. High standards of behaviour are an essential part of what is expected of all students.
Students will be motivated to learn with the support of teachers and a curriculum that inspires them. Staff will get to know pupils well and plan lessons which take account of different abilities, interests and learning styles. This is an important factor in avoiding disruptive behaviour.
To ensure that young people are given the best possible education, whatever their background or ability, respect and consideration for others is very important.
Rewards and sanctions
The rewards and sanctions system is designed to motivate students to learn and to set the boundaries of acceptable behaviour. For the system to be effective, fair and purposeful it must be used consistently by all staff. Ideally there should be a high level of use of rewards and a low level use of sanctions.
The Bridge Academy will promote high standards of behaviour at all times through positive behaviour management and the rewards system. Rewards including verbal praise are used as often as possible to encourage positive behaviour and to motivate students to try their best and achieve. Rewards are fairly, firmly and consistently implemented. Sanctions address poor behaviour with an emphasis on encouraging students to take responsibility for their actions.
These sanctions include, break, lunchtime and after-school detentions. In certain circumstances the Principal may decide to exclude a student.
The use of all sanctions including exclusions will be appropriate, fair and consistent.
Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. We will encourage students to tell us about incidents that happen inside and outside the Academy and take steps to address the situation so that it is tackled promptly.
Bullying can be:
Being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting
(e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
|Physical||Pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence|
|Racist||Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures|
|Sexual||Unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments|
|Homophobic||Because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality|
|Verbal||Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing|
|Cyber||All areas of internet, such as email and internet chat room misuse, mobile threats by text messaging and calls, misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera and video facilities|
Good attendance at school is primarily the responsibility of parents and carers. Regular attendance includes students being punctual. We would ask that parents and carers:
- Avoid organising family holidays during term time. It is unusual for permission to be given for students to be absent during term time, particularly at Key Stage Four.
- Contact the Academy on the first day of their child's absence, to say what is wrong and what the duration of the absence is expected to be.
- Organise appointments outside of school hours wherever possible.
- Inform tutors of prior appointments which cannot be set outside school hours.
- Provide a written explanation following all absences.
- Apply for leave of absence, for unavoidable occasions, in writing to the Academy.
- Contact the Academy as soon as possible if they are experiencing difficulties with their child on the issue of attendance.
Students should return from absence with a written note. The Bridge Academy will not tolerate poor attendance as it can effect student's performance at school and reduce their chances of doing well. We will not hesitate to refer students with persistent poor attendance or punctuality records to The Learning Trust's attendance team.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:18