Good behaviour is a prerequisite of living and working in an international college community, of good teaching and learning and of maintaining a safe and secure environment for everyone. Students at Padworth are expected to display high standards of behaviour and take increasing responsibility for self-discipline. Therefore we expect good manners, good behaviour, good relations and high moral standards from all students, knowing that this plays a crucial part in the development of self-confident, motivated and intellectually curious students. We employ a fair, consistent and suitably flexible system of rewards and sanctions, which addresses the needs of individual students, as well as those members of the whole college community. It is our intention to recognise and appreciate achievement in all aspects of College life through assemblies, classroom rewards, appointments to positions of responsibility and the award of commendations and prizes, but where necessary we will also impose reasonable sanctions if a student misbehaves. The healing of the harm done by bad behaviour to the individual concerned and reconciliation with others are at the heart of our behaviour management policy, to which a willingness to forgive is also integral. An individual’s acknowledgement of their fault is clearly a help in this, and owning up to wrongdoing will be taken into account in any sanction imposed. High standards of behaviour and consideration for others are maintained through:
- Expectation that all members of our community, whether staff or students, will treat each other with mutual respect, courtesy and kindness, and promotion of this expectation in all aspects of College life.
- Clear expectations of staff, students, parents and guardians as expressed in the Student Agreement.
- Clear, consistent consequences for misbehaviour (see Rewards and Discipline Ladder).
- Reinforcement of expectations in assemblies, house meetings and tutor periods.
- Provision of courses that are stimulating, challenging, well prepared and appropriate to all.
- The College pastoral system involving the Principal, Deputy Principal, Senior Leadership Team (SLT), boarding staff, teachers, form tutors and College Nurse.
- Close communication and involvement with parents and guardians.
- Periodic INSET for teaching and pastoral staff.
- Fostering a positive attitude towards College life through praise, rewards and attention to the individual progress of a student.
The College encourages a sense of pride in the College and every student is expected to uphold the good name and reputation of Padworth at all times, whether they are at, or away from, the College. Every student is expected to take part conscientiously in classes, tutorials, sports and other extracurricular activities. This involves politely and promptly obeying all directions of staff. Behaviour must at all times show respect for self and others. Rowdy behaviour, harm to self or others (physically or emotionally), theft and damage to property, encouraging others to commit wrongdoing are all unacceptable forms of behaviour. No one must suffer in silence under unfair or unjust treatment from anyone. There are many to whom one can turn for advice or help to stop such treatment; lists are clearly publicised in the Students’ Handbook.
Rules outlining the behaviour expected of students are contained in the College rules, which are printed in the Students’ Handbook. It is recognised that a small number of students may experience difficulty in maintaining the standard of behaviour expected of them. In such circumstances, the Deputy Principal and/or appropriate SLT member will work closely with tutors, House staff, outside agencies and parents to provide the support and discipline necessary for the student to succeed. Those students who may have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in place will be monitored accordingly.
All staff are responsible for considering whether any misbehaviour gives cause to suspect whether a student is suffering, or is likely to suffer significant harm. If such suspicions exist, staff must follow the College’s ‘Safeguarding Policy’.
The College will also consider whether continuing disruptive behaviour might be the result of unmet educational or other needs. At this point, the College will consider whether support systems are needed to be put in place and whether liaising with external agencies is necessary and appropriate.
At Padworth, we want students to feel respected and safe at all times. We can only do this if we all work together. We expect students to value other people. All students should show consideration for other people’s property and the environment by always acting in a sensible way.
- Courtesy, understanding, and respect for others at all times, including travelling to and from College. The reputation of the College must not be adversely affected.
- That all students should aim to achieve their full potential.
- Students to be organised and punctual, remembering to bring all necessary equipment to the lesson. Prep and coursework should be completed on time.
- Student Planners to be kept up to date.
- Appropriate clothes to be worn properly at all times.
- Students to care for, and look after, the College buildings and the environment, and the College equipment. Therefore, the chewing of gum is not permitted. Litter should be placed in the bins provided.
- Students under the age of 18 are not to smoke as smoking is dangerous to their health and to the health of others. 18 year-olds with permission to smoke from their parent/guardian/agent may only do so in the designated area in the Orchard.
- Students to walk sensibly in the College and leave their bags in designated areas.
Sanctions for Breaches of College Discipline
Members of staff may discipline students whose behavior is unacceptable, who break the College rules or who fail to follow reasonable instruction.
Any sanction must be proportionate. In determining whether a sanction is proportionate, the sanction must be reasonable in all the circumstances and account must be taken of the pupil’s age, any special educational needs (SEN) or disability they may have, and any religious or belief requirements affecting them.
Exclusion, Required Removal and Suspension: A student is liable to exclusion, required removal or suspension in accordance with the College’s ‘Expulsion, Removal and Suspension Policy’.
Detention and ‘gating’: A student may be placed in detention or may be ‘gated’ where, in the opinion of the Principal or Deputy Principal, either sanction is a reasonable response to a breach of College discipline. The sanctions will form part of the student’s permanent disciplinary record.
Other sanctions: The Principal or Deputy Principal may prescribe and authorise the use of such other sanctions as comply with good educational practice. Such sanctions may include withdrawing student privileges, confiscating students’ property, requiring a student to complete a piece of written work, requiring a student to enter into a behaviour contract with the College, or asking the student to perform menial, but not degrading, community service tasks. In particular, the Principal may authorise Housemasters and Housemistresses, via the Deputy Principal, to implement appropriate systems to promote good behaviour within each boarding house.
Any exclusion, required removal or suspension of any pupil shall be carried out in accordance with the College’s ‘Expulsion, Removal and Suspension Policy’.
Malicious Allegations against Staff
The Principal may take disciplinary action in accordance with this policy where a student is found to have made a false and malicious allegation against a member of staff.
Possible Sanctions: see Behavious Management System (annexed to this Policy)
- Involvement of Parent/Guardian.
- Gating (for offences in the boarding house).
- Report Card.
- Permanent expulsion or removal.
Suspensions and exclusions will be recorded in the confidential Serious Sanctions Book kept by the Principal and details will be kept in the student’s personal file.
Immediate possible Support Strategies for the student/s:
- Counselling /Independent Listener.
- Peer Support – College Leaders.
- Keeping a diary .
- Buddy system.
- Support from appropriate SLT members
Self-Assertiveness sessions via House Staff or Tutors:
- Encouragement to tell should there be a repeat.
- Frequent and regular monitoring.
- Commendations (see Appendix 2).
- The Commendations Book – via the Principal’s PA.
- Awards at Presentation Day.
The College is committed to tackling bullying in accordance with its ‘Anti-Bullying Policy’ and advice to students in Student Handbook.
Belinda Sumner are the Designated Child Protection Officers (DCPOs).
We may decide to search a student’s space and belongings, and ask him/her to turn out the contents of their pockets or bag, if we consider there is reasonable cause to do so. College staff can search students with their consent for any item. The Principal and staff authorized by the Principal have the power to search a student or their possessions without their consent where they suspect a student is in possession of a ‘Prohibited Item’ (defined below).
Prohibited Items include knives and weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, stolen items, tobacco and cigarette paper (unless over 18), fireworks , pornographic images, any article that has been used, or is likely to be used, to commit an offence, cause personal injury or damage to property.
Clothing will not be searched until it has been removed from the wearer and care will be taken to ensure reasonable privacy. This will be carried out by the Principal or Deputy Principal. All personal searches will be conducted by a staff member of the same gender as the student and in the presence of another staff member.This policy does not authorise an intimate search or physical compulsion in removing clothing. If necessary, the police would be called. Parents will be informed as necessary and the College will keep records of all searches carried out, including the results of the search and any follow-up action taken.
Use of restraint
Any use of restraint by staff will be reasonable and not cause any physical injury, and will only be used when immediately necessary and for the minimum period of time necessary to prevent injury to self or others, very serious damage to property, and to maintain good order and discipline in the classroom. Where restraint is used by staff, this will be recorded in writing.
The use of corporal punishment as a method of imposing or enforcing a sanction is prohibited, whether or not within the College premises.
If a student asks to speak to a member of staff about confidential issues, the staff member should say the following: “If you tell me something and I feel someone is at risk of getting hurt in some way, I will have to pass it on.” If the student chooses to disclose sensitive information on the following topics the staff member needs to follow the guidelines below:
1. A child protection issue such as physical, sexual, emotional abuse
- Listen to student’s disclosure in full.
- If necessary keep the student with you or in a safe place.
- Inform the DCPOs or the Principal.
- Write up a statement of the disclosure (sign & date/time) as soon as possible and pass to the DCPOs.
2. Sexual behaviour e.g. under age sex, pregnancy scare
- As above.
- Do not give individual contraceptive advice.
- The DCPOs will involve the Principal and the College Nurse.
3 Substance Misuse (drugs, alcohol)
- Listen to student’s disclosure in full.
- If under the influence of substances take him/her to a safe place e.g. the House Office or the Sick Bay.
- Inform the Principal, Deputy Principal or other SLT member.
- Padworth has a zero tolerance stance towards drugs.
4. Criminal Activity
- Listen to student’s disclosure in full.
- Refer to the Principal as soon as possible or in her absence, the Deputy Principal.
- If a student discloses that s/he or someone else is self-harming, follow the College’s ‘Child Protection Policy’.
- If you suspect that a student may be self-harming e.g. cuts on arms or burn marks, inform the College Nurse, the Principal and Deputy Principal.
The Confidentiality of Student Information
Please make sure when speaking to another member of staff or on the phone about a student that you cannot be overheard. Also make sure that any written information or emails concerning students are not left out or on screen for others to view. Such information must be handed over to the DCPOs.
The form tutor and subject teachers, with their excellent knowledge of individual students, have a very important role to play in boosting confidence and rewarding students with verbal praise when they have achieved their personal best in class. Tutors/teachers and housemasters/housemistresses will congratulate students on success in work and activities. Commendation forms may be given to encourage and reward.
Reviewed: August 2013
Next review: August 2014