• A Discipline Policy is necessary to ensure that all pupils in the Secondary Department understand the expectations for school behavior and the consequences of breaking school rules.  The following measures are fair and effective though the list of offenses can never be exhaustive.
  • If a pupil is frequently late to school, parents will be informed in writing.  Should the lateness persist, the pupil’s parents will be called to discuss the matter and ask to sign a special Home-School Agreement to solve the issue.  The parents of any pupil arriving after8.45amwill be contacted and the pupil sent home.
  • If a pupil in Years 7-11 inclusive comes to school out of uniform, s/he will be warned on each of the first two occasions, and parents will be asked to bring the correct uniform to school.  On the third occasion and after parents have been informed, the pupil will be sent home.
  • All electronic devices and jewelry wearing jewelry (modest jewelry is allowed in Years 12 and 13) are forbidden in school.  Offending items, including mobile phones, will be confiscated for up to one week on a first offense and for the rest of the term on the second offense.
  • If a pupil is found chewing gum on the school site, they will be placed in detention on the first two occasions and sent home on the third, after parents have been informed.
  • A pupil causing problems in a particular subject or for non-academic offenses may be placed on lunchtime detention. The teacher issuing the detention will set work.  If a pupil is in detention more than three times in one week, the pupil will be put on Daily Report.  This report is checked and signed by the Head of Discipline and the pupil’s parents.  In other words, parents are kept informed, and their support is elicited.
  • If the Daily Report is satisfactory, this may be the end of the matter.  If the report is unsatisfactory after one week, the pupil’s parents may be called in to discuss the matter so that they are aware of the school's problems and realize the need for a change in their child’s attitude behavior.  This will also happen if the child has been removed from class on more than one occasion.
  • Behavior Reports may be sent around for a pupil’s teachers and Form Tutors to ascertain how s/he is performing.  Staff may also contribute comments at the Monday8ambriefing.
  • If a pupil continues to be a cause for concern because of unacceptable behavior, the parents will be asked to come to school to complete a Home-School Agreement or Contract.  This means that they sign to say that they understand that if their child continues to break school rules, his/her future in the school will be in doubt.  They will also be made to understand that their child’s teachers have the right to minimize the damage their child is causing to others' learning, which may involve changing groups or being made to sit separately. 
  • If the Contract has been broken in one or more major ways, the pupil will be suspended with the expectation that s/he will not be returning to school.
  • In the event of a major disciplinary offense (such as hitting another pupil or gross insolence to a staff member), the pupil will be suspended immediately, the parents informed, and the pupil sent home.  She will not be allowed to return to the school (if at all) until his/her parent has come into school to discuss the matter.  A Final Warning is likely to be issued in such a case.