At Cheney School we take a positive approach to behaviour management. We work hard to teach our young people to act with integrity, to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. This is summed up in our motto ‘Think for yourself, act for others’. To facilitate this we have three simple but positive rules:
Rule 1 - Respect - Always be respectful to others, to our school and to our environment
Rule 2 - Ready - Be ready to learn and to achieve
Rule 3 - Best - Be the best version of yourself, make the best choices and try your best
"There is an organised, calm and positive ethos throughout the school..." Ofsted 2018
Every day we speak to students about our expectations so that they understand what they are and, crucially, why they are important. As with every school, occasionally things go wrong. When they do we take a restorative approach and work with our young people to understand the impact of their action and how to learn from their mistakes, Our approach to behaviour is also supported by the use of a series of warnings called the C System and a range of consequences where necessary such as after school detentions.
"Your whole school approach 'respect for all' ensures that relationships are strong between staff and pupils" - Ofsted 2018
Inappropriate behaviour is managed through our C system of warnings:
C1 and C2 give students the opportunity to improve their behaviour without having a consequence.
If a student continues to not meet expectations after a C2, they are given a C3 and an automatic 30 minute detention.
If a student continues to misbehave they are given a C4, removed from the lesson and the detention is increased to 60 minutes.
Detentions are set though our management information system which messages parents and carers automatically. If a detention is awarded up to period 5, the student is expected to sit that detention on the same day. If an incident happens during period 5, the detention will be set for the following day. Friday detentions last 30 minutes; if an incident requiring a 60 minute detention happens on a Friday the detention will be set for the following Monday.
On occasions, if the incident requires it, a 60 minute detention may be set without a 30 minute sanction being set first. More serious incidents might result in an internal exclusion, or a fixed term exclusion and the most serious incidents can lead to permanent exclusion.
The details of our approach to behaviour can be found in our Respect for Learning Policy which can be accessed through the link above.