Our Core Beliefs

At Herne Bay High School we are committed to creating an exceptional, wide ability school in the heart of our local community at which there is a relentless drive to encourage the highest levels of personal achievement through the ongoing development of learning, teaching and the curriculum and our physical environment.

We continue to strive to develop our students both academically and personally in a vibrant, safe and supportive educational environment that values and promotes the traditional principles of politeness, respect, honesty, courtesy and reasonableness.

We remain fully committed to further developing our positive relationships across the school and with our parents/carers and our local community.

We believe that we have a fundamental responsibility to develop within our students lively and enquiring minds so that they eventually leave us with the knowledge, skills and understanding to become engaged citizens and responsible adults.

We are a community of learners who aspire to achieve excellence in everything we do and expect the highest standards in dress, behaviour, attitude, attendance and effort.

Our School Message

At Herne Bay High School we have a ‘School Message’ that was written by our student body and underpins the expectations we have for all of our students. This Message is shared and reinforced through assemblies, posters, mentor times and the daily work that we do with our young people. Our School Message reads:-

No action of mine should cause hurt or unhappiness to any other member of our school community.

I will try my best to treat everyone and everything with consideration and respect.

I will remember that every public action of mine outside school is judged to the credit or discredit of the whole school community.

There may be times when I will fail to live up to these standards. When this happens I will be honest with myself and with others, admitting my mistakes and doing all in my power to put things right.

This school aims to concentrate on the success and achievement of individuals and not on their failure.

PRIDE is a key word in the community of Herne Bay High School – we all have a part to play in achieving a successful and happy school.

Herne Bay High School’s Approach to Discipline

Discipline at Herne Bay High School is directed towards maintaining a safe, secure, happy, friendly and courteous environment in which students are able to learn and play without distraction or interference.

All students at Herne Bay High School are expected to behave with common-sense, consideration for others and to display good manners at all times, both inside and outside the school.

Ultimately, we see the educational development of the child, both academic and social, as being a partnership between students, parents and the school.

We operate a system of recognition and rewards for students which is aimed at encouraging positive engagement and as such award students ‘Heron Points’ using the following criteria:

Criteria for Academic Heron PointsNumber of Heron Points Awarded
Good contribution to discussion / oral answers 2
A good piece of homework 2
Good classwork and effort 2
Strong independent learning / research in lesson 3
Excellent homework 3
Excellent classwork and effort 3
Outstanding homework 4
Outstanding classwork and effort 4
Excellent progress result in assessment 5
Excellent progress result in project 5


Criteria for Community Heron PointsNumber of Heron Points Awarded
Volunteering  and carrying out  a helpful action which assists the class/teacher in a lesson/mentor 2
Carrying out a good citizenship act outside of class 2
Attending the MC Council meeting and feeding back to mentor group (mentor only) 2
Participating in a charity event 2
Carrying out an act of excellent citizenship outside of class 3
Taking a leading role in a charity event 3
Smart consistent uniform (mentor only, weekly) 4
Carrying out an outstanding act of citizenship outside of class 4
Making an outstanding contribution to charity fundraising 4
Making an outstanding citizenship contribution through weekly service on the Student Forum/ peer mentoring  programme (half termly, mentor) 5


However, from time to time we may have to use various sanctions and interventions when a student's behaviour, attitude or effort causes concern or disharmony within our school community including detentions and removal from their normal classes to work on their own.

If a student misbehaves or fails to cooperate within their lessons or around the school, departments and Mini Community teams will employ their own interventions to resolve the situation with this likely to include elements of both support and sanctioning.

We also operate a Behaviour Points approach, whereby should a student transgress from either a conduct or learning point of view, then this transgression is logged onto our ICT system and will result in the student being allocated Points, with suitable interventions being put in place for the student.

Our discipline approach is only truly effective in helping our students to confront and deal with their behaviour when parents work with the school and support the school with the interventions and support that are put in place for their child. On this basis, Herne Bay High School is keen for parents to reinforce the importance of maintaining a good approach to behaviour with their children and, on any occasions when they do make mistakes and do things which might be perceived as inappropriate or wrong, that they own up, make amends and learn from these mistakes.

As a school we believe that we should enact an approach to behaviour management that not only results in the child being held accountable for their actions, whether this be by imposing a sanction or through another course of action, but we also believe that children should make amends for their actions and repair any relationships that have been harmed. Therefore the school subscribes to the sentiments and practice of restorative justice and children who transgress will be expected to repair any harm they have caused.

As part of our partnership working with parents we would expect parents/carers to be fully supportive of any sanctions imposed and to support the restorative elements of the school’s behaviour approaches

Dealing with very serious behavioural issues

In terms of dealing with very serious behaviour issues, Herne Bay High School has a very strict and clear policy.

Any student who possesses, supplies or uses illegal drugs on the school site or assaults an adult member of the school community will be permanently removed from the school.

In addition, permanent removal will be the likely course of action for the following circumstances, all of which are deemed to be serious breaches of the School Message and rules:-

Students who fail to respond to the help offered by the supportive and disciplinary procedures that the school puts into place for them will be required to sign a Behavioural Contract. This contract clearly outlines what the student will do, together with parents and the school in order that they can remain on the roll of Herne Bay High School.

If the student fails to conform whilst on a Behavioural Contract the Principal may enact the highest level of the school’s Behaviour Policy and this may include the issuing a Final Warning at a meeting involving the parents, student, Principal and representative(s) from the Governing Body.

Permanent removal will then follow should there be further failure to comply, on the grounds that the education or welfare of other students would be prejudiced by retaining the student in question on the school roll.

Ofsted 2014

In the school's most recent Ofsted of March 2014, Ofsted graded us as good for the behaviour and safety of our pupils and stated that students behave well and feel safe and that students have few concerns about bullying, and should any occurrences of this type arise, that these matters are dealt with promptly and firmly.

Ofsted 2011

In our previous Ofsted inspection of June 2011 we were also graded good for our students' behaviour, with Ofsted making the following observations:

Note - the school is unable to accept responsibility for any items of value brought into school that are either lost or damaged, such as, but not exhaustively, mobile phones, laptops, ipods, games consoles, bicycles or money.

The following are a list of “prohibited items” (as detailed by the Department for Education) that must not be brought to school:

* knives and weapons

* alcohol

* illegal drugs

* stolen items

* tobacco and cigarette papers

* fireworks

* pornographic images

* any article that has been or is likely to be used to commit an offence , cause personal injury or damage to property; and

In addition, the following items are "banned items" within Herne Bay High School:

* Drug paraphernalia

* Matches or lighters

* Solvents

* E-cigarettes

* Legal highs

* Energy drinks

* Laser pens

* Shisha pens

* Catapults

* Guns of any kind including replicas and BB guns

* Offensive material (pornographic, homophobic, racist etc.)

* Permanent markers

The Department for Education's document from February 2014 in which behaviour and discipline in schools is discussed can be found at This document lays out both the responsibilities and the powers that schools have re. this area.

Please refer to our Behaviour Policy for further information (see the Policies section of this website). Please note that from 07.03.2016, any student who receives a Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Call-Out for their behaviour will receive a same day, after school until 1600,SLT detention in addition to a department detention - all students have been informed of this in their assemblies during wb. 29.03.2016.