Rewards & Behaviour
We have promoted a positive, caring attitude amongst our pupils and staff whilst focusing on effective learning.
Appropriate attitudes to learning and good behaviour are nurtured by reinforcing and rewarding good behaviour and through the daily modelling of these attributes by staff. Teachers model the exceptional manners and high standards of professionalism that we expect of pupils. Teachers also remind pupils of our routines and expectations regularly to avoid confusion and to prevent receiving demerits for forgetting or misunderstanding our rules.
Regular reminders of our behaviour are achieved through curriculum activities as well as through tutor time and assemblies. An emphasis on active citizenship and personal development is encouraged in all lessons and strong, inclusive and mutually beneficial relationships are nurtured throughout the academy.
OFSTED VISITED IN FEBRUARY 2018 AND WERE HUGELY IMPRESSED BY THE CALM AND ORDERLY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT WHICH PREVAILS THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL:
During this unannounced inspection, the large number of pupils who spoke with inspectors said that they now feel safe at school. Pupils moved around the school site in an orderly manner and behaved very politely and respectfully to their peers and to adults. They wore their uniform with pride, arrived at lessons promptly, and settled down to learning quickly. In all lessons visited, learning took place in a calm and orderly environment. Relationships between pupils and teachers were positive, and consequently pupils had the confidence to ask and to answer questions. Pupils behaved well, both when interacting with their teachers and when working on their own. As a result, they worked hard, completing tasks in a focused manner. During break periods, pupils socialised with each other amicably.
Leaders and teachers respond to poor behaviour promptly, to ensure that the classroom remains a focused environment for all; but priority is given to encouraging and rewarding positive conduct and relationships through rewarding Merits, Golden Tickets, Positive and Postcards home. These rewards add up to allow pupils to be rewarded certificates, badges and access rewards trips and events at different times throughout the year.
Merits feed into the Charter House System where pupils from each House compete to win the House trophy. By encouraging excellent behaviour all pupils foster the collaborative expectations of the House and then ultimately Charter. Pupils who attend school every day for a week will also have the chance to be entered into a draw for a tablet or some vouchers every half term.
Heads of Year, form tutors and our SEND department play a pivotal role in ensuring that all pupils are cared for and safe, and that every pupil’s learning needs are met.
At Charter, there is a very strong staff presence at the start and end of the school day, at lesson changeovers, at break, at lunch and around the entire school site. This ensures that areas with high levels of pupil movement are monitored to create a safe and orderly environment.
Every pupil matters. Moreover, every pupil has a right to attend school without fear of intimidation, rudeness. At Charter we believe in genuine mutual respect that encompasses both staff and pupils but also between pupils and their peers.
Life now seemingly is lived online more and more. But experience tells us that life online is not without its risks and dangers for children. Vigilance in keeping our pupils safe is responsibility that we feel is shared both by us and by you at home. We advise strongly that parents or carers monitor their children’s use of the internet and social media closely. Equally, pupils are not allowed to bring mobile phones, smartwatches or any other internet enabled equipment onto the school site. If such an item is seen or heard, it will be confiscated for six weeks.
THE ACADEMY'S ANTI-BULLYING ACTION PLAN INCLUDES:
- Continuing with the ongoing study of instances at the academy where bullying has occurred in the past so that these areas can be monitored and prevented in the future
- Providing information and guidance to all pupils on how to deal with bullies and bullying behaviour as well as how to support other pupils that are suffering at the hands of bullies.
- A regular review of staff duties to ensure optimum monitoring of the academy.
- Senior members of staff monitoring arrivals and departures from the academy.
- Staff members in all corridors during lesson changes; pupils lined up and escorted into classrooms under supervision.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT BULLYING
If you believe another pupil is being unkind to your child, please contact the school immediately. This may be a small issue, but it is important that we know. At Charter, we teach pupils the importance of mutual respect and of supporting one another. We do not tolerate unkindness.
Please encourage your child to tell their Head of Year as soon as any issue arises. Please encourage your child to also tell their form tutor. Any issues will be thoroughly investigated and dealt with. If they are unavailable or it is urgent however, any member of staff will help.
We set high standards for our pupils. We expect pupils to carry these high standards out into the community. We teach our pupils that they are “Charter 24/7” and, as such, we expect their behaviour beyond school to be as exemplary as it is within a school.