Dicipline, Behaviour and Care
“ Students’ behaviour is outstanding. Their attitudes in and outside the classroom are exceptional because of the consistent way behaviour is managed.” –Ofsted, 2014.
Parayhouse seeks to ensure optimum levels of behaviour and personal presentation for all students. The emphasis is on noticing and rewarding positive, appropriate and acceptable behaviours and actions. There is a Celebration Assembly each week, at which the staff of each Key Group award their Student of the Week. The Student of the Week can be awarded for a wide range of reasons – for example, academic achievement, effort, behaviour, consideration, good communication.
The School has a Merit Cup, presented each week to the Key Group that has gained the most merit points that week. Merit points are awarded for the same reasons given above, and are listed on merit points charts in all teaching areas, allowing staff to reward groups in all subjects. Students are highly motivated by the merit points system and are keen to remind staff if they feel they have earned a point!
Where expected standards of behaviour are not achieved the School has a range of strategies to advise, monitor and improve students’ conduct. These include contact with parents, acts of reparation, detention during free time and, in extreme cases, fixed-term suspension. Where all efforts fail to improve the situation, and where a student’s behaviour adversely affects the welfare and security of other students and staff, a permanent exclusion would be the final resort. The School’s Exclusion Policy is kept in the office and is available to all parents.
The School is committed to using all possible strategies to avoid temporary or permanent exclusion; since 1983 there have been four permanent exclusions, in all cases where the student’s behaviour harmed the education or welfare of himself or others.
Students have Key Teachers, therapists and LSAs as their first line of contact if they have problems, and all students are able to seek direct contact with the Assistant Heads, School Business Manager and Headteacher. The School Council has elected representatives from all 5 Key groups, which provides students with a platform on which issues important to them can be discussed. Where issues are agreed and supported by council members students will have a direct line of communication to staff, the Headteacher, parents and Trustee Directors. In recent years students have affected many changes & developments through their Council, the most significant being the changing of the school uniform to the current sweatshirts.
Senior students in Years 10 and 11 are encouraged to see themselves as role models for younger students, and participate in activities such as paired reading with Green Group to foster this image. The Head Boy and Head Girl, elected by the staff from the current Year 11, have a range of responsibilities with younger students, speak to prospective parents on Visitors Mornings and also enjoy certain privileges and rewards.
Where possible older students are encouraged to travel independently to and from school, and the School has worked very successfully with our Family Support Manager and LEA Travel Trainers to help students achieve this goal. In many cases, however, the long journeys involved for many students means this is not an option. All secondary students receive Road Safety & Independent Travel Training through their Lifeskills programme each year.
On entry students, staff and parents sign a home/school agreement which includes the rules drawn up by students for achieving a pleasant and supportive school environment. These rules are revised each year by the School Council and displayed in every room to aid continued awareness.