Behaviour at Shaftesbury School is based upon the principle that all members of the school should be treated and treat others fairly, honestly, and with respect and in line with our vision for education, reflecting that of the Church of England, asking for everyone ‘to be the best they can be’. Inclusive in our vision is the common good of the whole community and its environment. We welcome diversity, respect freedom of religion and belief and encourage all to contribute to our community.
Promoting and rewarding good behaviour
We are committed to the modelling and teaching of good behaviour. Staff recognise that lesson content, classroom management, organisation and teaching and learning strategies are all contributory factors to student behaviour. Staff will use various rewards to track and celebrate good behaviour.
Students are encouraged to reach the highest standards both in terms of their work and personal development. A range of measures are used to reward students’ achievements and progress.
- Verbal praise; a written comment on students’ work, a letter or phone call to parents;
- House points for effort, achievement, behaviour, contribution to school events, positive contribution in class and excellent effort;
- Attendance certificates;
- Attendance reward breakfasts;
- Displays of students’ work in school; acknowledgement in assemblies; special awards either in assemblies or at awards evenings;
- Special responsibilities or privileges, such as being a house captain, jumping the canteen queues or sixth form mentor.
- New tangible reward system – students accumulate points which can be used to ‘cash in’ for various rewards. The system uses Class Charts to track and monitor the rewards and is over seen by Mr Bond – Progress Leader of Duncliffe House
Shaftesbury School expectations
On a daily basis, student are expected to follow basic expectations to help them ‘be the best they can be’.
- Arrive on time
- Respect others
- Expect to learn
- Be smart in their appearance
- Be prepared for the lesson
- Electronic devices turned off and in bags
- Challenge themselves and aim high
- Take responsibility for their behaviour
- Aspire. Action. Achieve
We place great importance on students being able to experience a safe and respectful atmosphere here at Shaftesbury School. We also believe in the importance of students being given the opportunity to self-regulate their own behaviour. At times, our young people may need support with this. All students carry two ‘Conduct Cards’ around with them for a term. One to reward positive, aspirational behaviour around school and one to tackle negative behaviour around school. Each time they are seen to be demonstrating either conduct, they obtain a signature on their corresponding card. The aim with these cards is to provide the students with three chances to ‘get it right’ with a visual representation of their reward/offence explained and shared with parents.