Good behaviour in school supports effective teaching and learning and promotes an ethos of mutual respect. Poor behaviour disrupts learning and wastes resources. Highdown School & Sixth Form Centre has established a number of practices and procedures designed to promote good behaviour and manage unacceptable behaviour.
Students can expect to be awarded 'Praise Points' (P-points) for demonstrating good effort, notable improvement in their work or attitude to learning, production of high quality work, contributing to the learning of others, promoting positive community values, etc. These range from P1 and P2 by class teachers, P3 by Curriculum Leaders or Heads of Achievement, or a P4 Award from the Head Teacher. Students will be nominated by their Head of achievement each week to attend 'Hot Chocolate Friday' at breaktime with the Head Teacher. Each students' praise points will contribute to their mentor group totals and house points which are celebrated at the end of each full term and the academic year. Mentors can be particularly competitive!
Where standards fall short of what is expected, students will receive 'Consequence Points' (C-points). These will be matched with a sanction, ranging from a short detention with their class teacher, a longer detention with the Curriculum Leader or Head of Achievement. Failure to attend curriculum or pastoral detentions, or more serious misdemeanours will result in students attending an Academy Detention or being internally excluded. For very serious breaches of our code of conduct, students may receive a fixed term exclusion, as determined by the Head Teacher.
More details about our rewards and sanctions systems can be found in our Behaviour Policy below.