Rewards & Sanctions

We believe that our students perform more successfully if they are rewarded for their efforts.  Apart from praise and a positive system of assessment of work, students across all the key stages have the opportunity to have their hard work and efforts recognised.

As in any large community, a code of conduct is needed to encourage an awareness amongst students of other people’s needs and a respect for their property.  We make sure that this code is known and understood by all students through their student passports, it is also displayed in every classroom.

Good behaviour is most likely in an encouraging and supportive environment.  Tring School provides many opportunities for rewarding hard work and effort.  As well as praise and a positive system of assessing work, the school has an electronic reward system which records good work, positive contributions to the school community and is linked to the school’s vibrant inter-house competitions.  We also send parents praise postcards where their children have been particularly successful in lessons.  However, sanctions are issued to students who break rules or who disrupt school procedures and the learning of others.  Fortunately, serious offences of misbehaviour are rare but, when necessary, strong action is taken.

Across all the key stages the school has introduced an electronic ‘merit’ system.  These merits can be awarded for a number of things; effort, outstanding work, teamwork, leadership attributes, exceeding targets, being an active citizen, participation in house/school events and attendance.  These merits will contribute to the overall house cup standings and will also be monitored and individual success celebrated.  The school also has a number of presentation events during the year and letters are sent to parents of students who have been invited to sign the Tring School Commendation Book.

Code of Conduct

  • Always ensure you are punctual.  Once in the room settle down to work quickly and quietly.
  • Make sure you have the correct books and equipment for each lesson.
  • Listen to the teacher and follow instructions carefully.
  • Leave the room in a quiet and orderly manner.
  • Move around the school quietly.  Help others by opening doors, standing back to let people pass and offering to carry things.
  • Walk when in the building.
  • Keep to the left, especially on narrow corridors and on the stairs.
  • Do not eat in lessons and do not bring chewing gum to school.
  • Line up quietly when waiting outside a room, out of the way of others passing your queue.

Illness and Accidents

  • If you are ill or have an accident at school, tell a member of staff.  They will refer you to the school First Aid Administrator.  If necessary your family will be contacted and asked to collect you. You must not make your own arrangements – the school staff will do it for you.
  • If you need to take medicine during the school day, leave it with the First Aid Administrator – do not carry it around with you.

Health and Safety

We all have a responsibility toward those around us and ourselves to ensure that we all remain safe in the school environment.

  • If you see anything that could be a danger to other people, report it immediately to a member of staff.
  • Knives and other sharp items are not permitted in school.
  • Never wilfully misuse equipment, or tamper with things provided for safety purposes – such as fire extinguishers.
  • If you see a fire, set off the nearest fire alarm and exit the building as quickly and safely as possible – do not stop to collect your belongings.
  • Make sure you know where the fire exits are and how to use them.

Celebration Assemblies

As a school we believe that students’ successes should be recognised and celebrated.  One of the main ways the school does this is through our assemblies.  These are usually conducted in Houses.  There are also some special Sixth Form assemblies.  Students across all the Key Stages have the opportunity to receive rewards for their academic achievements, community efforts and attendance.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones where possible should not be brought into school.  Teachers may allow students in lessons to use their mobile phones for educational purposes, but with this exception they should not be seen.  If a student is caught using a mobile phone without permission the phone will be confiscated.  We have a policy of escalation on confiscations so should a phone be confiscated more than once it will be kept in school for a longer period of time.  Parents are informed of all confiscations.  Our behaviour policy can be found on the website.

Sanctions

Sanctions are applied where considered necessary.  These, like the system of rewards, work on a sliding scale depending on the severity or frequency of the offence.  A verbal warning should be enough in the first instance but a student may need to be issued a further sanction depending on the seriousness of the incident, and they are recorded electronically.

Ideally we will endeavour to give parents a minimum of 24 hours notice for after school detentions.  We will always try to communicate with parents regarding the sanction prior to the detention.

3 Strikes System:The school has 3 basic expectations of every student for every lesson.
Be on time
Be dressed correctly
Be fully equipped

If a student fails to meet one of these expectations in any lesson this will be recorded on the electronic Behaviour Management System. In addition, if a student is incorrectly dressed anywhere within the school they may be issued with a mark on the Behaviour Management System. For example not wearing their tie correctly or having their shirt untucked. If they are not following the dress code, they may be put into isolation or sent home. If a student receives 3 strikes within a one week period they will be issued with a detention for one hour after school. For students who receive 3 strikes over a half term they will be issued with a one hour after school detention at the end of that half term, also held on a Thursday evening.
Report Cards:“Report” sheets are used to monitor a pupil’s progress for a given period of time.
Detentions:There are a number of detention sanctions available to staff to use:
Break time – Set by any staff member for minor discretions – supervised by the staff member issuing the detention
Lunch time – Part of the centralised detention system, these detentions are 30 minutes long, supervised by a member of the Leadership Team or Director of Learning. These may be issued for misdemeanours such as low level disruption or failure to bring any PE kit. Students who haven't completed homework will attend Homework Support Club in the Learning Resource Centre for 30 minutes at lunchtime.
After School – Again, these are part of the centralised detention system. These detentions are 60 minutes long, held Tuesday – Friday evenings immediately after school and supervised by staff from across the subjects on a rota basis. These detentions are used for students who fail to attend lunchtime detentions, repeat offenders, persistent lack of homework or more serious incidences of poor behaviour in lessons.
Leadership Team Detention – These detentions are 120 minutes long, part of the centralised detention system, held on Friday after school and are supervised by a member of the Leadership Team. These are issued to students who fail to attend after school detentions or for more serious breaches of the school’s Behaviour Policy.
Internal Exclusion:The Internal Exclusion room is the school’s second most powerful sanction after a fixed term exclusion. The internal exclusion room is a place where students who have demonstrated seriously challenging behaviour will be placed to work in a silent, supervised and orderly environment, away from other children to reflect on the incident.
Exclusion:The decision to exclude a student is not taken lightly. However, for more serious incidents Fixed Term or Permanent Exclusion may be used.