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    Behaviour & Attitudes

    Prince Henry's is a successful school, where the majority of our students behave well and follow the rules and this respectful attitude contributes to their ability to flourish and achieve.

    The success of Positive Discipline is dependent on support from and partnership with parents/carers. Positive Discipline ensures that students have clear guidelines and are rewarded for good behaviour, work and effort, whilst at the same time providing a framework within which incidents of poor behaviour and other misdemeanours are challenged and sanctioned in a consistent manner. Over time, it has helped improve students’ attitude to learning and has significantly reduced incidents of “low-level disruption” in the classroom.

    In short, at Prince Henry’s, we will not allow the learning of the vast majority of hardworking students to be disrupted or impeded by a minority. The Positive Discipline policy was fully updated at the end of the last academic year following feedback from students, staff and parents/carers. The most recent policy can be viewed on the school website here.

    As parents and carers will know, this academic year, we have begun the process of moving our positive discipline to Arbor, with parents and carers being able to see in real time how their child is progressing.

    Recording of positive discipline

    We have now moved to the instant electronic recording of PD information.  There are a number of reasons for this change:

    • It will give us more instant access centrally to data about students’ behaviour (thereby allowing us to respond more promptly and proactively to assist in trying to prevent students moving into repeated / more serious concerns and sanctions).
    • It removes the reliance on the paper Planner which will help us to be more sustainable. From September 2024, the planner will be hosted on this website.
    • Automation of certain systems in school will enable staff to focus more time on supporting students.
    Stamps and Rewards

    The ‘Stamps’ function in Arbor allows parents/carers and students to see stamps awarded each day. All students will automatically receive one stamp for attending a lesson. Subjects can then give additional stamps (up to 4) in each lesson.

    Stamp certificates are still awarded and students are able to track how many stamps they have via Arbor. Parents will see further details on the Parent App - including the subject their child received the stamps from.


    With the move to electronic recording, comments have renamed ‘incidents’ and come in two types ‘Red’ and ‘Yellow’ incidents.

    RED incidents are events that have disturbed the learning of a student (or students) - for example ‘Calling out’ or ‘Failing to complete work to an acceptable standard’. Any three RED incidents in the same subject in a half term will lead to an after-school detention (this is similar to the current system) and if those three RED incidents occur in one lesson, the student will be removed from the lesson, thereby allowing the rest of the class to learn without interruption.

    YELLOW incidents are events that may come through carelessness or disorganisation - for example, a ‘Uniform misdemeanour’, ‘Eating on a corridor’ or ‘Forgotten Equipment’. Every six YELLOW incidents across all lessons/ social times in a half term will lead to an after-school detention.

    All the above will be reset at the beginning of each half term, giving students a frequent fresh start.

    Other general standalone ‘Behaviour’ incidents can also still be added as appropriate and these may lead straight to a further sanction, for example ‘Deliberate littering’ or ‘Eating in the toilets’.

    All of the above will be recorded directly onto Arbor and parents will receive notifications when incidents and detentions have been added. These can then be viewed directly in the Arbor App.

    Notifications of detentions now arrive at the point the detention is set on the system (rather than via a weekly Friday email). There will always be a 24-hour gap, but (for example) if you are notified of a detention on the Tuesday, it may be scheduled to be served that Thursday.

    Students will view Arbor each morning in form time and should check their calendar to see if they have any detentions assigned. Detention stickers will no longer be added to planners. Tutors will aim to counsel students that received comments the previous day each morning and encourage them to make more positive choices.

    Students will be told verbally by the member of staff when they are assigned an incident and will receive an email by 4pm each day that confirms the incidents they have received on that day. If a student does not receive an email they have not been given any negative incidents that day.

    How to see incidents on Arbor


    Detentions take place from 3.00pm to 4.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parents/carers will receive an email giving notice of, and brief reasons for, the detention. This will show on a student’s electronic timetable on Arbor. Attendance at detentions is compulsory and non- negotiable. A student who fails to attend will be placed in a longer, Friday night, SLT detention.

    Students receiving repeated detentions will be placed on monitoring report. They will be offered support to improve their behaviour, but also face further sanctions should the negative behaviour continue.


    Where student behaviour is particularly disruptive, a referral to the Reflection Room will automatically follow. 

    Reflection is an extremely serious sanction. The Reflection Room has a functional and purposeful environment. Students work in silence on activities that get them to reflect on why they are in the room as well as completing classwork which their teachers send them. Students will be away from the main school and unable to socialise with other students.

    The duration of the day in the Reflection Room will be from 8.30am to 3.00pm. All students who are placed in Reflection must bring their set books and equipment for that day. A student who is late to Reflection (arriving after 8.30 am) without good reason will repeat the full day at the earliest opportunity. A student who is absent will serve this time when they return to school.

    The level of commitment displayed by the student will be recorded. A student who works satisfactorily or better will rejoin mainstream education, though a record of the period of Reflection will be kept in the child’s personal file. It may also be worth noting once again that this sanction, as with any sanction, can be reached through a gradual process of continued unacceptable behaviour or through the committing of a misdemeanour which is considered sufficiently serious to warrant such an immediate sanction.

    It is essential to point out, however, that we expect very few students to be doing anything other than enjoying working well at school and receiving the rewards and benefits that go with such an approach.

    Lastly, it is worth highlighting that a handful of misdemeanours have clear stand-alone sanctions. These particularly focus on mobile phones, iPad use and Bus behaviour.

    We need students to understand that the school and parents/carers work together. As such, you will best support us (and your child) by regularly reviewing and signing their planner, by encouraging positive performance and by challenging under-performance as you feel appropriate.

    School Bus Expectations and Sanctions

    We would be grateful if you could remind your child of the expectations regarding behaviour on school buses. These include the expectation that students will:

    • Always behave appropriately on the bus.
    • Be polite and pleasant to the bus driver and other passengers.
    • Always sit down on a seat where possible.
    • Not stand near to the bus driver.
    • Report any problems relating to poor behaviour to their Year Manager.
    • Always carry their bus pass, ensuring they are on the correct bus, as shown on their card.

    We know that the vast majority of our students understand this and follow our expectations at all times and we thank those students for their cooperation. We also know, however, that on some buses a small number of students are spoiling the journey to/ from school with their inappropriate behaviour. Students should be reminded that all the buses have cameras and drivers are reporting names of students who are misbehaving to school. All allegations of poor behaviour will be investigated and, where necessary, actions will be taken in line with the positive discipline system.

    For students identified as exhibiting poor behaviour on school buses sanctions will escalate as follows:

    • 1st time reported – Student(s) will receive an in-school sanction, with a bus warning letter sent to parents outlining our concerns.
    • 2nd time reported – Student(s) will receive a ban from using the school buses lasting five school days.
    • 3rd time reported – Student(s) will receive a ban from using the school buses lasting 30 school days.
    • 4th time reported – Student(s) will be banned for at least the rest of the academic year. In serious cases, this will be a permanent school bus ban.

    Please also note the above sanctions may be escalated more rapidly for more serious incidents.

    If a student is banned from the school bus it will be up to them to find an alternative way to get to/ from school. We appreciate this may be an inconvenience for that student and their family, but all students should be able to travel to and from school safely.

    It is important that all students who use the school buses understand our expectations. We are confident that the above sanctions will only be a concern for a very small number of students whose persistent poor behaviour is spoiling the journey for the majority.

    For more information about travel to school, visit here.