Behaviour at Southmoor Academy is very important. You are expected to conduct yourself in a manner that best suits your education and respects the right of others to learn and enjoy school without disruption.
Your teachers are very keen to encourage positive behaviour in and around school. Over the course of the school term you will receive ‘Praises’ for demonstrating positive attitudes towards learning and behaviour.
Likewise school staff will not tolerate any behaviour that is seen as obstructive to learning. Misbehaviour will be punished so please do your best to follow the school rules, respect others and listen well in class so that you never end up having a sanction put against you.
The academy actively seeks to create a safe, orderly, purposeful, happy and challenging environment in which effective teaching and learning can take place.
To This End, Students Should:
- Behave in a sensible and appropriate manner attempting to present ourselves as the best person we can be at every opportunity;
- Allow others to learn and teachers to teach;
- Treat everybody with consideration and good manners;
- Respect the right of others to hold their beliefs and opinions;
- Keep to and enforce the academy uniform code;
- Help to prevent all forms of bullying;
- Behave with the health and safety of others in mind;
- Behave helpfully and responsibly.
We have expectations for how students should behave in every lesson. This is to facilitate the opportunity for learning for every pupil. Our classroom expectations, which should be observed everyday in every subject, can be viewed below.
Attitudes and Behaviour for Learning
Southmoor Academy’s aim is to provide a range of opportunities in which pupils can excel and be rewarded as well as a practical set of sanctions that deal appropriately with poor behaviour. We always strive to strike a balance between the use of rewards and sanctions.
Praise is used to motivate and encourage, whilst at the same time pupils are aware of sanctions that will be applied for poor behaviour.
Sanctions will be applied where conduct falls below that which could reasonably be expected of them. Sanctions can only be applied by an appointed member of staff (usually a teacher), while on the academy premises or in the care of the member of staff e.g. on a academy trip, and must be reasonable in accordance with safeguarding procedures, disability, Special Educational Needs, race and other equalities and human rights.
Southmoor Academy uses a behaviour ladder to ensure range of appropriate sanctions are applied fairly and consistently by all staff across the school. Please find our behaviour ladder below to reference where various misbehaviours fall within our school sanctions.
Behaviour for Learning
Teachers and support members of staff have the power to issue detentions to pupils. The use of detention at Southmoor Academy is a sanction and can be used:
- On any school day where the pupil does not have permission to be absent.
- At lunchtime. If lunchtime detention is imposed, staff will ensure that pupils have a reasonable time for having their lunch and using the toilet.
Behaviour Support Unit (BSU)
This is an on-site provision to support pupils whose behaviour is a cause for concern. Pupils may be referred to the BSU when all other behaviour interventions have failed or when a behaviour incident is deemed to be of a serious nature. Pupils who are referred to the BSU during the school day are required to stay until 4.30pm with their parents/carers informed.
A decision to exclude will only take place in response to serious or persistent breaches of the academy’s behaviour policy.
Rewards & Praise
At a whole academy level Praise Points are used to reward pupils. They are entered into pupil accounts. The level of reward depends on the positive or outstanding behaviour of the student. Below you will find out rewards ladder that we use the reinforce good behaviour across our academy.
Attitudes to Learning
Praise points are accumulated throughout the year and are awarded a level of achievement based upon the points they have accumulated at the end of each term. Pupils are then rewarded based upon the level they have achieved. Our praise point levels can be found below.
Praise Points Rewards
Curriculum areas also use postcards, stickers and letters of praise. The Principal also has a weekly Principal’s Award every week for pupil’s who have made significant achievement.
We also host an annual celebration events for Year 11 pupils and House groups. Achievements are also celebrated during weekly assemblies and in our weekly blog.
For a more complete overview, please see our Behaviour Management Policy