Behaviour for Learning

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

The Leigh Academy ensures the behaviour, welfare and safety of our Tier 3 students is a top priority.  At this current time with the Covid-19 pandemic, restrictions and health and safety guidelines issued from the government and DFE we continue to do all we can to keep our students safe.  The introduction of Year Group Bubbles, different start and finish times, wearing of masks and changes to the break/lunch routines has ensured students have remained calm and responsible throughout the academy day.  Students are also reminded about the three R’s (Respect, Responsibility and Resilience) and the importance of supporting one another through positive acts of kindness.

 

Attendance and Punctuality

The Behaviour team continue to work with parents/carers to oversee the attendance and punctuality of students with both being significantly above the national average compared to other similar secondary schools.  The Student Services Managers (SSMs) and admins for each ‘Year Group Bubbles’ are working hard to help families with any issues that have been raised due to the pandemic from travel issues to mental health or emotional well being problems.  Students in Year 7 to 9 are required to arrive at the academy at 8.15am and the Year 10 and Year 11 students between 8.45am.  Post 16 students must arrive for 8.30am.  If there are any issues in terms of punctuality or attendance please do contact you child’s Student Services Manager who will gladly help to support you.

 

Anti Bullying Commitment

There is no place for bullying at The Leigh Academy and we take all incidents extremely seriously.  The Leigh Academy Anti Bullying policy has been designed to encourage all students to be kind and supportive within its multicultural, diverse and inclusive environment.  The Leigh Academy behaviour team have also recently been responsible for overseeing Anti Bullying week with students participating in a variety of activities through the Tutor Time programme.  Currently The Leigh Academy has 30 trained ‘Anti bullying ambassadors’ who would normally be working with our most vulnerable students.  We hope to increase the capacity of this team in the new year with the Diana Award Anti Bullying course being offered for even more students.

 

The League of Excellence 2020/21

‘The Leigh Academy League of Excellence’ has now been relaunched with students now having the opportunity to be awarded for their positive behaviour.  The newly updated reward system will see each student achieve a score based upon three major elements. Students will be awarded a score based on their modular attendance (100% = 100 points) and positive behaviour points. Students are continuously awarded points for achieving an R1 (10 points), R2 (20 points, R3 (30 points), R4 (40 points) or an R5 (50 points).  However, points are now deducted if a student is given one of the five consequences for negative behaviour  S1 (-10) S2 (-20), S3 (-30), S4 (-40) or an S5 (-50) or if they receive a late mark -5 points each time.  Please do ask your son or daughter their current score and ranking within their year group.  At the end of each module students scores are calculated and a College League Table is created and displayed.  Prizes will be awarded including certificates, sweets, badges and Amazon vouchers and names are put on display on The League of Excellence boards in the academy restaurant area.

 

Detentions

From time to time, students make an error of judgement; can make a silly mistake or can make the wrong decision.  Whilst this is obviously discussed and rectified through discussions on occasions students do require a consequence for their actions.  A student can be set a 15 minute detention to be attended on the same day if a student is involved in continued ‘low level disruption’ (S1) leading to them being exited from their classroom.  A student can be issued a 30 minute detention for ‘persistently disrupting the learning of students(S2) and a 60 minute ‘Senior Leadership Team’ detention for any type of ‘Defiance or Rudeness’ (S3).  At the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year all students and parents received the The Leigh Academy ‘Home Academy Agreement’ and the Leadership team reserve the right to enforce these detentions to raise the quality of behaviour from Good to Outstanding and ensure ALL students are able to be taught in calm & respectful learning environments.  We request parents and carers trust and support us in any action we deem necessary to take in regards to improving their child’s behaviour & conduct.  Students who fail to attend an S1 or S2 detention will have their time doubled and an email is automatically generated and sent home by the students current Head of College leading on their year group.

 

Uniform Expectations

The Leigh Academy uniform (Year 7 – 11) is designed to ensure all students are able to wear smart attire for a number of reasons.  Students ‘wear their uniform with pride’ (Ofsted report 2017).  Please could I ask parents/carers to ensure students follow the uniform expectations.  All students throughout the winter period are expected to wear appropriate school shoes, a compulsory blazer and a navy blue or black coat.  All items of the academy uniform must be worn on a daily basis but if there are any reasons why these cannot be purchased please contact the SSM for your year group and we will do all we can to help.  A reminder that an appropriate ‘mask or face covering’ must be worn by all students when moving around the academy, queuing in the restaurant or marquee and indoor communal areas or at other appropriate times when instructed by a member of staff.

 

Behaviour in the Local Community

The Leigh Academy works with local businesses, home owners and community groups to ensure the conduct of our students is of the highest standard.  We want to ensure the reputation of our students when travelling to and from school on public transport, walking through local neighbourhoods and being in view of members of the public in academy uniform demonstrates the respect and responsibility that is regularly discussed and instilled in the students.  A reminder that students should not be gathering in large groups in local parks and using inappropriate language.  Students should respect local members of the community property, put litter in bins and be respectful of the current government guidelines, such as wearing masks on buses or keeping an appropriate distance from people in shops.

 

Cycling and safety

Students are encouraged to ride to school for health and practical travel, however this will only be allowed if students follow the appropriate safety requirements.  Whilst there is not a law in regards to wearing a helmet, we strongly advise all students to do so. The riding of bikes on roads or bus lanes in a dangerous way such as pulling wheelies puts students, members of the public and road users in danger.  There has been a complaint about this type of anti social activity with a student recently being knocked off their bike.  A reminder that anybody who causes a complaint due to their inability to ride safely to the academy will be banned from keeping their bike on the academy site and will therefore have to travel to the academy using another method.

Finally, The Leigh Academy is very proud of its students and their behaviour.  We strive to be recognised in the community with students who are proud of the school and how they behave both in and outside of the academy.  If you have any concerns about the conduct or wellbeing of our students please do contact either stuart.lindars@eighacademy.org.uk or matt.piggott@leighacademy.org.uk who have overall responsibility for behaviour.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Stuart Lindars

Head of College

Designated Safeguarding Lead

I’C Behaviour and Personal Development

Lead on Year 7 and Year 8