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Behaviour and Discipline

Discipline is the bedrock of a good education; self-discipline is founded on motivation to succeed and behave well, motivation which is enhanced by praise, encouragement and reward for students.

The majority of this will be regular and informal.

Staff are encouraged to take every opportunity to accentuate the positive in feedback to students.

Below are some examples of how positive behaviour is rewarded:

  1. Positive ticks on First Impressions Card
  2. 5 x achievement points for completed First Impressions Card
  3. Weekly prize draw per year group
  4. Praise cards sent home
  5. Issue of ‘Learning to the Max’ cards
  6. Subject area awards
  7. Celebration Assemblies
  8. Positive letters following progress checks
  9. Summer term rewards trip
  10. Attendance and punctuality certificates
  11. Tea with the Headteacher

The behaviour policy derives directly from The Corfe Hills Way; it is a practical expression of the school's ethos, not just because a disciplined environment is essential for fulfilling our aims, but also because the school's disciplinary style is itself the single most important signal to students, parents and the wider community about our values. It is a central pillar in the school’s policy for social and moral development.

Praise and Encouragement

At Corfe Hills staff and students are encouraged to use every opportunity to applaud positive achievement.

The greater part of this will be done informally; however, a formal system of graduated awards recognises effort and excellence. Points can be awarded by any member of staff within the school as a reward for effort, individual or group work, participation in lessons and homework. This includes points awarded for completed First Impressions Cards. Students may also be awarded with ‘Learning to the Max’ cards for exceptional effort. In addition to this, students can be awarded Subject Awards and receive achievement points for completing extra-curricular activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award. As students accumulate achievement points they will achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates.

Other forms of praise are:

  • Student Awards
    Student Awards are awarded by faculties each half term and an email will be sent home to notify parents.
  • Celebration Assemblies
    These are held by each Head of House to recognise the achievements of students.
  • Attendance and Punctuality certificates
    Attendance and punctuality certificates are awarded termly for 100% attendance.
  • High Expectations
    A simple but effective summary of the school rules is displayed prominently in tutor rooms and social spaces and forms the basis of our school community’s values and expectations.

If a student fails to follow The Corfe Hills Way, an immediate sanction will be issued with a strike on a student’s First Impressions Card.

Students’ attention will be drawn to the following, more detailed, list of rules at regular intervals.

  1. All school rules apply on the way to and from school, on visits/representing the school and at all times off school premises while wearing school uniform.
  2. Cycles: All cycles are the responsibility of their owners. This includes security and roadworthiness. They must not be ridden on school grounds, except on designated cycle tracks.
  3. Possession and smoking of tobacco including e-cigarettes on the school site is not allowed. Corfe Hills School is designated a non-smoking site; a rule that applies to students, staff and visitors.
  4. Mobile phones are not permitted in school during the school day. If a phone is brought into school, it should be switched off and locked in the student’s locker for the duration of the school day.
  5. Mobile phones are not allowed in examination rooms.
  6. Mobile phones must not be used to capture recordings or visual recordings of staff or students without their express permission. Images gained of staff or students, even those gained with permission should never be placed on a website or any other area with internet access.
  7. Lockers should only be visited before school, at break time, lunchtime and after school. Bags should be stored in lockers and not carried around school (except when going to and from PE).
  8. Students are asked to move around school on the left of corridors and stairways.
  9. Students must not leave school premises during the school day (between 8:40am and 3:00pm).


There is a range of clearly defined and progressive sanctions beyond the informal admonition, repeated work or extra tasks.

There are other systems used to support students such as Report Cards, these are not a punishment in themselves but a means of monitoring progress in areas highlighted by teachers, parents or the student themselves.

Details of our sanctions can be found in our Behaviour Policy and Sanctions Policy which is on our website.

An example of sanctions that may be employed for unacceptable behaviour are:

  1. Warning
  2. Strike on First Impressions Card
  3. Academic Reintegration Centre
  4. Break or lunchtime detention
  5. After school detention
  6. Fixed term Exclusion
  7. Permanent Exclusion

Whilst parents may not withhold consent to detention or isolation as a reasonable punishment within the terms of the School’s Behaviour policy, parents will be notified in advance if their child is placed into an after school detention and notified on the day if their child is placed in isolation.

Examples of unacceptable behaviour may include but are not restricted to:

  • Failure to follow staff instructions
  • Incorrect wearing of uniform
  • Lateness to lessons
  • Littering
  • Inappropriate language/conduct
  • Verbal abuse towards students/staff
  • Physical abuse towards students/staff
  • Disruptive behaviour

For sustained and serious failure to comply with school standards such as to undermine the good order of the school and other students’ learning permanent exclusion may result. This includes persistent disruptive behaviour and serious one-off offences such as involvement with drugs on the school site and being in possession of a dangerous weapon in school.