Behaviour and Isolation
We have high expectations of our students – as they should also have of the school and the opportunities it will give them to succeed in society. Details of sanctions are shown on the flow chart below named with ‘yellow/orange/red’. We do operate after-school detentions and, in line with government policy, students are required to attend these. By choosing Aylsham High School they have chosen to accept our rules and sanctions.
In the event of a breach of the code of conduct, or failure to comply with school rules, staff will involve a student and his/her parents in discussion as to how unacceptable behaviour can be changed. We have an effective sanctions system. The yellow/orange/red chart below, clearly shows the sanctions awarded for specific misdemeanours. These are recorded on our management information system (SIMS).
Purpose and Philosophy
The purpose of the isolation room is to provide a meaningful alternative to fixed-term exclusion. It ensures that students do not become disconnected from school and allows them to continue with their curriculum and their learning. It also helps us to ensure that students who are behaving well are not disrupted in their learning.
Referral and Parental Contact
A member of the teaching staff will refer a student to our student support team. In consultation with a senior leader, and after a thorough investigation, the student will either be placed in isolation or returned to lessons to face a different sanction. The length of time in isolation will be decided taking into account the nature of the misbehaviour. Parents will be informed of the reason for the isolation by telephone and this will be recorded on the student’s file.
The student will spend a part of, or all day in isolation, depending on the misbehaviour. They will be able to leave the room to go to the toilet. Students are allowed to collect their lunch from the canteen at an appropriate time, to be eaten in the isolation room. We cannot provide hot meals in isolation. They will not take part in break or lunchtime activities. Mobile phones will not be permitted in isolation; they will be handed in and placed in the office for safe keeping.
A report will be completed during the student’s time in isolation regarding their behaviour and attitude to work. This is passed to the head of house to review.
Behaviour within Isolation
If behaviour in the isolation room is unsatisfactory students will remain in isolation until behaviour improves and the behaviour support officer is satisfied a good/excellent score has been achieved.
Refusal to attend Isolation
If a student refuses to attend isolation they will be referred to a member of the senior leadership team. Students must complete their period in isolation before they will be permitted to return to normal lessons. Students who are absent will also have to ensure that they complete their time in isolation before being reintegrated into lessons.
Persistent offenders may well be isolated for an increased period of time or run the risk of a fixed term or permanent exclusion. We also reserve the right to isolate for issues relating to inappropriate school uniform and refusal to comply with requests to correct it.
Reintegration from Isolation and suspensions
Students may have to meet with their head of house depending on the incident before being reintegrated into lessons. For more serious offences, subject to a suspension or longer period of isolation, parents will be required to attend reintegration meetings with the head of house and a member of the senior leadership team. Students would then be placed on a weekly report and monitored by their head of house.
The school is likely to permanently exclude any student who brings illegal substances on to the premises or handles or uses illegal substances on the premises. The school will reserve the right to permanently exclude if any form of weapon is brought onto the premises.
If a member of staff feels that it is necessary to confiscate anything from a student then they will follow the procedure below:
1. The item will be placed in an envelope.
2. The student’s name, the date and a list of contents will be written on the envelope. Large items will be tagged with this information. This will be done in the student’s presence.
3. All items will be taken to the school office and placed in the safe for safe-keeping.
4. It will be clearly indicated on the envelope when the student may collect the item (some items will be required to be collected by parents).