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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. The school values of Kindness, Respect and Dedication should underpin all actions.
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 rewards for students which is aimed at positive encouragement, but from time to time we may have to use various sanctions when a student's behaviour, attitude or effort causes concern or disharmony within our school community.
If a student misbehaves or fails to cooperate within their lessons or around the school, departments and the Leadership Teams of the Lower and Upper School will employ their own interventions to resolve the situation.
Herne Bay High School has a strict and clear policy when it comes to dealing with very serious issues. The normal response for any student who possesses, supplies or uses illegal drugs on the school site or assaults an adult member of the school community is for them to be permanently removed from education on the school site
In addition, permanent removal MAY be the course of action in following circumstances, all of which are deemed to be serious breaches of the School Rules:-
- In response to a serious incident of theft, violence, causing danger to others or bringing the school into disrepute
- In response to continual disrespect to staff, incidences of theft or continual incidents of bullying following previously recorded warnings
- In response to continual disruptive behaviour which would seriously harm the education or welfare of others in the school
- In response to the carrying of an offensive weapon
- In response to sexual misconduct or continual sexual or racial harassment
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.
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. 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.
HERNE BAY HIGH SCHOOL’S RULES
Herne Bay High School’s Rules are linked to our values and built on the foundations that students must be KIND to others, that they must show RESPECT for others and their environment and that they must show DEDICATION to their studies and in their actions.
- I will be kind to others and will ensure that my behaviour does not make other people unhappy.
- Students must not bring the name of the school into disrepute either by their words or actions, whether these be physical or electronic.
- Students are expected to behave in a polite, courteous and considerate manner at all times and to all members of the school community and should behave sensibly, quietly and walk when within the school buildings.
- Students must not leave the school site at any time during school hours, including break and lunchtimes, without prior agreement between the school and parents/carers.
- Students must not use electronic methods eg. social networking sites, text messaging or email to post or share pictures, videos or comments relating to any member of the school community without their express permission.
- Students are expected to wear the correct school uniform and conform to the school’s expectation on jewellery, make-up, hair colour and style.
- Students are expected to be punctual and to be in the right place at the right time.
- Students should come to school, and attend classes, equipped for learning and their pencil cases should have, as a minimum a pen, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass and calculator all in a pencil case and Lower school students should carry a reading book (note – clear pencil cases are the only type allowed within examination rooms although students may choose to have a different type for their classes).
MOBILE PHONE POLICY
- In the Lower School should a student wish to bring a mobile phone to school, they must turn it off between 8.30 and the end of the school day.
In the Lower School, we will operate a “See it Lose it” policy. If a phone is seen by a member of staff, then it will be confiscated until the end of the school day, at which point the student can collect it from the Lower School office.
- If the student’s phone is confiscated for a second time in a term, then the Parent/Carer will need to collect the phone from the school. Further transgressions will result in the student being required to hand their phone in to the head of Lower School at the start of each day for the remainder of that term.
- In the Upper School should a student in years 10 and 11 wish to bring a mobile phone to school, they must turn it off during lessons and not send or receive calls or messages until the end of the day. Students in years 10 and 11 are permitted to use their phones during break and lunch times to listen to music, play games, research information etc but must not use it to make calls or take photographs/videos.
- In the Upper School for years 10 and 11, at all times apart from break & lunchtime, if a phone is seen by a member of staff then we operate the “See it Lose it” policy. In these instances, it will be confiscated until the end of the day when the student can collect it from the office. Continual transgressions will result in the student being required to hand their phone in to the head of Upper School at the start of each day for the remainder of that term.
- In The 6th form (Years 12 & 13) students need to adhere to the ICT acceptable user policy and their sixth form contract.
There may be circumstances that, as an aid to learning, a teacher MAY allow a student / class to access their phones during a lesson for a particular purpose. Following this student must revert to the mobile phone rules for their School.
*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, tablets, games consoles, bicycles or money.
Over the last three Ofsted inspections, Herne Bay High School has been recognised as having GOOD behaviour.
In the school's most recent Ofsted of January 2018, the Ofsted inspectors graded pupil behaviour as good and stated:
- Pupils are polite to each other and towards staff. They move around the school in an orderly manner.
- Pupils are rarely late to lessons.
- They typically demonstrate positive attitudes to learning and, where minor disruptions occur, teachers take effective action so that little learning time is lost.
- The school environment is welcoming and well maintained.
- Pupils treat the school buildings with respect. For instance, there is little evidence of litter around the school.