The maintenance of good discipline is of paramount importance for the growth, welfare and development of pupils. Pupils should be given clear expectations, effective pastoral support and opportunities to build good social relationships. Our School has a clear and uncompromising Islamic Ethos. Contrary to what may appear the norm Islam places high importance on Etiquettes, Manners and Noble conduct! These aims are backed up by a system of rewards and where necessary appropriate sanctions.
Academy Policies and Standards
The Academy exists for the benefit of its pupils. All pupils, staff, parents and others associated with the Academy are required to work together in a spirit of co-operation and understanding. Pupils are actively encouraged to fulfil their potential academically, in sport, music or drama or any of the other Academy activities. Pupils are expected to relate well and to behave considerately towards others. We live in a society where social skills are vital to our well being, and learning to interact with others is therefore a critical part of education. Pupils are reminded of the importance of respecting others, whether inside or outside Academy. Selfish actions are therefore to be discouraged, whether these actions are of a minor nature (e.g. dropping litter or pushing in the lunch queue) or of a major nature (eg fighting, bullying, vandalism or theft).
It is the duty of all associated with the Academy to have high expectations and to strive to uphold our reputation.
The specific rules of the Academy are dictated by common sense and are published in the Academy Code. In addition we have well-defined policies towards particular areas of behaviour. The following guidelines are not exhaustive. Sanctions will be at a level that reflects the severity of the offence, the possible influence on others and the maturity of the pupil.
The Academy places the highest possible premium on three broad values:
Respect for Others
This is fundamental to all that goes on at Avicenna Academy. Any actions, words or attitudes which show a lack of respect for others will be taken very seriously. In particular:
- Disruption:Â which shows a lack of respect for both the teacher and other pupils will be dealt with firmly.
- Relationships:Â Public displays of intimacy are not acceptable within the Academy as they contravene our Islamic Ethos. Pupils engagingÂ in sexual activity on Academy premises can expect to be expelled.
- Bullying:Â We seek to nurture a culture in which all pupils are valued as people. Any instances of bullying will be dealt with firmly and sensitively. We have an agreed anti-bullying policy. Our aim is to prevent bullying in any form. This requires pupils to avoid any deliberate unkindness to another member of the community. It also requires anyone made aware of any such behaviour to report it. The Academy is prepared to offer help and support to any pupil but bullying will not be tolerated. Anyone who continues to bully will have their membership of the Academy community reviewed by the Principal.
Respect for Property
We are concerned to engender a culture in which the property of others is respected by all. Pupils should do all they can to minimise the possibility of theft and vandalism by not bringing valuables or significant amounts of money to Academy. If it is ever necessary to do so, they should be handed into the Teacher for safe-keeping. All clothing and equipment should be clearly marked and care should be taken to lock away valuable equipment.
- Theft:Â If theft is detected pupils must expect to be either suspended or expelled.
- Vandalism:Â Any damage (which includes graffiti) to someone elseâ€™s property be it a fellow pupilâ€™s, a teacherâ€™s or the Academyâ€™s property will be taken very seriously. Not only will the damage have to be paid for, but a vandal must expect to be suspended or expelled.
Respect for Self
As an Academy we want all our pupils to have respect for themselves. In consequence we strongly disapprove of:
- Smoking:Â In accordance with legislation, Avicenna Academy is a no smoking environment. Sanctions for those who offend will, in the first instance, be a fine and a Saturday Detention and for repeated offences the Academy reserves the right to suspend pupils concerned.
- Alcohol:Â Wine and Intoxicants are Haraam (prohibited in Islamic Law). Sanctions against those who have possession of or who use alcohol in Academy would include suspension.
- Drugs :Â Drug or solvent abuse (including the possession of illegal drugs) will be regarded very seriously. The severity of the offence is of paramount importance, particularly in regard to its possible influence on others. We will act strongly and expulsion will be likely for actions involving the Academy.
Avicenna Academy is your Academy; respect it and be proud of it. Do all you can to make the Academy one in which all are treated courteously and are happy; where hard work is honoured, fair play in sport is valued and artistic endeavour promoted. Remember that if you act in ways which harm the reputation of Avicenna Academy, you harm yourself, your friends and all members of the Academy community.
All members of the Academy should be familiar with the Academy Policies and Standards in which guidelines on Disruption, Relationships, Bullying, Theft, Vandalism, Smoking, Drinking and Drug Abuse are outlined. In addition the following are specified as a practical expression for others, and are intended to make life easier for everyone.
1. Be polite and show respect to all members of the Academy community and to visitors to the Academy.
2. Move about the Academy in a quiet and orderly manner and walk, not run, in corridors and on staircases, and keep to the left.
3. Make every effort to keep the premises and locality tidy.Â Litter must not be dropped in the grounds, buildings or on the way to and from Academy.
4. Make yourself aware of the bounds of the Academy as specified on the map of the Academy posted on notice boards.Â No pupil may go outside the boundary of the Academy, during the Academy day, without the permission of their Year Head or Head of Lower Academy for members of First and Second Years. They must sign out in the Academy Office, and sign in again when they return to the Academy.
Academy prefects are permitted to leave the Academy premises without permission but must sign in and out in the usual way.
5. Ensure that all clothing, sports kit and personal possessions are clearly marked with your name.
6. Use only your allocated locker and be responsible for making it secure. Under no circumstances are you to use or tamper with anyone elseâ€™s locker.
7. Wear your Academy uniform (as specified in the uniform regulations) smartly each day, including on the journey to and from Academy You may not go home in your sports kit until after 5:30pm.
8. Remember that food can only be eaten in the Dining Hall and not elsewhere. Food and drink should not be carried around the corridors and through-routes of the Academy and should not be consumed outside the front of the Academy. The chewing of gum is not permitted.
9. Pupils must not bring personal music players to Academy and must keep mobile phones switched off and hidden from site from 8.30am to 4.00pm. Pupils in the Sixth Form may bring these items to Academy but may only use them in the Sixth Form Areas.
10. Arrive promptly in Academy for the formal start of the day at 8.30am.
Please remember that your behaviour out of Academy reflects on us all. Show courtesy to others, for instance by making way on the pavement. Avoid eating, drinking, noisiness or thoughtless behaviour in public. Wear your uniform properly, and with pride.
Classroom Code Of Conduct
We have the right to learn
This means that everybody should:
- arrive on time
- listen to instructions
- bring the proper equipment
- not disrupt lessons
- not interfere with the work of others
- not interrupt when others are speaking
- work quietly
- do his or her homework
We all have the right to be treated fairly
This means that everybody should:
- be considerate
- not make racist or sexist comments
- not swear or name call
- respect each otherâ€™s belongings
- not fight or bully
We all have the right to work in a clean and attractive environment
This means that everybody should:
- not drop litter
- not chew in the classroom
- not vandalise
- wear the correct uniform
We all have the right to be safe.
This means that everybody should:
- use equipment properly
- not run or push
- not act dangerously
All Students Must/Will:
- arrive on time and organise yourselves in the classroom in an appropriate manner (i.e. no running or rushing for particular desks/seats.
- arrive with all textbooks, exercise books and other equipment that is relevant and expected.
- listen carefully to instructions.
- complete all tasks that the teacher has set in an orderly and appropriate way. The instructions for the activity must always be followed carefully.
- listen in silence and be attentive whenever the teacher is instructing/explaining/talking. The Academy will not tolerate any interruption of the teacher.
- listen in silence and be attentive whenever a fellow pupil has been asked to contribute/make an observation/explain something. We will all follow common courtesy and listen to each other.
- seek the teacherâ€™s permission to contribute to class discussion by raising his/her hand.
- complete all homework by the given date. No late work will be accepted unless an acceptable explanation has been given to the teacher or where previous arrangements have been made.
- note that swearing will not be tolerated.
- ensure that all classrooms must be left neat and tidy at the end of every lesson. All classes will need to check the state of the room at the end of each lesson.
- note that no eating, drinking or chewing gum will be allowed in class.
- arrive and leave the class dressed as per the Academy uniform code.
Cycling To, From And Around Academy
In the interests of safety the following shall apply :
1) All students cycling to, from or around the Academy should wear a protective helmet.
2) In conditions of poor visibility and always after dark suitable lighting must be displayed. The Academy strongly recommends that a reflector strip is worn.
3) Any bicycles brought to Academy should be left securely locked in the bicycle rack in the car park. The Academy cannot accept any responsibility for damage or theft.
4) Cyclists crossing the Road should dismount and walk across.
5) During the times 8:15am to 4:15pm there should be no cycling anywhere within the Academy grounds. All cyclists should dismount and walk their bikes to the appropriate place.
Rewards And Sanctions
It is the responsibility of all teaching staff to ensure that the Academyâ€™s policies and code of conduct are applied fairly and consistently, without regard to race, gender or seniority and should be consistent from person to person and from occasion to occasion as far as is possible given that each case is reviewed on its merits.
It cannot be over-stressed that the best way to ensure the highest standards in both behaviour and work is to create a positive ethos where the self-confidence and self-esteem of pupils is promoted by regular praise, congratulation and affirmation. A Academy culture which is dominated by a mutual respect between pupils and between staff and pupils will lead not only to harmonious relationships but also to the fulfilment of the pupils potential both academically and socially.
Rewards should outnumber sanctions
Verbal and Written PraiseÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Merits (Lower Academy)
CommendationsÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â High Grades on Reports
TrophiesÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Badges
Challenge CertificatesÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Speech Day Prizes
The merit system (Primary)
~ to encourage every pupil to work to his/her best ability across the curriculum
~ to reward a consistently good effort or outstanding piece of work
~ to raise academic standards in the Academy by conspicuously valuing outstanding effort and achievement
Implementation In The Lower Academy
1) For each year group, each subject discipline will be able to award Subject Merits, via staff teaching in the department.
2) A Subject Merit would be awarded for
~ an outstanding major piece of work
~ a consistently good achievement over a number of pieces of work
~ significant progress made over a period of time
~ a consistently good effort over a period of time
These latter two categories are envisaged specifically to reward the pupil who would not normally be seen as academically strong.
3) On awarding a Subject Merit, the teacher writes in the diary the subject and a brief commendation, then signs it. The teacher will enter it on to their record of achievement.
4) Teachers should monitor the award of subject merits and endeavour to encourage pupils who seem not to be gaining recognition.Â In the event of notable omissions in the award of certain subject merits, the teacher should notify the Principal.
5) On the completion of any four of the six Subject Merit categories on the card, the pupil gains a House Merit. The diary should be taken to the Vice Principle for commendation.Â The Vice Principle signs and dates it. Other teachers should also be informed by the pupil.
6) On gaining three House Merits, an Academy Merit is achieved. The diary should be taken to the Principle for Commendation. The Vice Principle is responsible for keeping a record of all merits received.
Whilst promotion of good behaviour is our goal it will be sometimes be necessary to employ sanctions in order to enforce Academy rules, to reflect the seriousness of a misdemeanour, to deter individuals from repeating the behaviour and to deter others from committing the same offence. In cases of bullying or other types of unkind or thoughtless behaviour sanctions are necessary to allow victims and those who speak up to see that they have been listened to and valued.
All Staff are encouraged to use the following informal sanctions, before applying one of the official Academy sanctions
- Verbal Reprimand
- Repeat Inadequate work
- Report back for work at break or lunch-time
- A phone call home to parents
Official Sanctions (All of which must be recorded on the computerised detention system.)
Detention :Â For more serious academic or behavioural offences which can be given by all staff. However for misbehaviour in class or failure to produce work in class a member of staff may not put more than three pupils in at a time without consulting with the Vice Principle first.
To take place on a Friday after Academy supervised by the Teacher on Duty.
The teacher who gives the detention is responsible for ensuring that the pupil and the parents are informed at least 24 hours in advance by means of a standard letter which should be handed to the Receptionist for posting. If the pupil fails to return the signed detention slip to the Teacher on the morning of their detention, another detention will be given by the Teacher.
The teacher giving the detention should set their own work.
Pupils may not change the time once entered in the detention file.
Non-attenders will be chased up by the Head of Year or Deputy Head and will serve an additional detention.
Teachers should keep a record of all detentions givenÂ these will always be published by the Vice Principle and circulated to Teachers.
Saturday Detention :Â For very serious academic or behavioural offences or a series of normal detentions (three in a half-term). These can only be given by Vice Principle or Principle. Â The Teacher is responsible for informing the Vice Principle if three detentions are received.
They take place on a Saturday morning from 10:30am – 12:00pm and will be supervised by the teacher on duty. They take priority over any other event.
A standard letter home should be sent by the Vice Principle. Suitable work (of either an academic or practical nature) should be set for the student.
These should not necessarily be seen as sanctions, but rather as a way of providing more constant monitoring of a pupil who is not performing at their best academically. They are issued by Teachers and signed each period by the member of staff teaching the lesson. They should also be signed each night by parents. They must be checked daily by Teachers. The length of time any pupil is on report is determined by his/her progress and motivation.
Exclusion from Class
It is only ever appropriate to exclude a pupil from your class if their behaviour is seriously damaging the discipline of the classroom. On these occasions the pupil concerned should be sent immediately to either the Vice Principle or the Principle. They should have their work with them. Pupils should never be left simply standing outside a room.
The use of repetitive or mindless punishments such as writing out lines is not permitted.
The Vice Principal or Principle may occasionally want to formalise the telling off that a pupil has received. The pupil will be warned that unless they show a specific improvement in attitude and behaviour they will be likely to receive more serious punishment in the future. Parents will be made aware of the warning by letter. In the case of involvement in behaviour that constitutes bullying this will usually happen.
Written by Mr R Ditta, March 2018