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Strengthening Culture and Ethos at Ormskirk School

Opportunity, Resilience. Respect. These have been Ormskirk School’s core values for many years.

This year we have introduced new, simplified school rules as part of our commitment to develop and maintain high standards of pupil conduct in school.

At all times, we expect our students to:

 

Be Ready

Be Respectful

Be Safe

 

Our pupils have explored what these new rules mean in their progress groups and will continue to reflect on them throughout the school year in assemblies and in their lessons. For example, students should aim to follow the school rules by:

Being
Ready

  • Attending school regularly and punctually
  • Ensuring they are prepared for their school day; bringing correct equipment and looking at their timetable at the start of the day
  • Being on time for lessons, ready to learn from the start

Being
Respectful

  • Treating other members of the school community with courtesy and kindness
  • Helping to create a positive and calm learning environment
  • Wearing the correct school uniform with pride (See Uniform Checklist)
  • Making the most of the opportunities they are given to learn from mistakes

Being
Safe

  • Behaving appropriately and sensibly whilst in school (and on the way to and from school)
  • Sharing concerns or well-being issues with relevant staff
  • Using technology and social media responsibly

Rewards

We want to ensure that the students who work hard, show dedication and ‘do the right thing’ every day feel recognised and appreciated. We strive to maintain a positive culture in classrooms through clear and consistent classroom routines, reward systems and other, more informal, methods of recognition.

Whilst daily rewards (OSCERS) achieved in lessons continue to be awarded through Class Charts, a range of additional celebration events will take place throughout the school term. Our well-deserving pupils will be invited to events such as Hot Chocolate Fridays, pizza lunches and movie screenings, to name but a few. We know how important it is to communicate with you to share success with parents; this year staff are committed to celebrating our students through regular phone calls and postcards home.

We also recognise that there are pupils within our school community that not only meet our high expectations of attitude and conduct, but actually go beyond. Our new ‘Over and Above’ postcards and displays acknowledge those students who go the extra mile: perhaps by participating in school events or by supporting other students. School leaders will also be presenting our outstanding pupils with ‘Over and Above’ wristbands to acknowledge our appreciation and pride.

We will continue to work with our students, through the School Parliament, and with our parent body to further improve our recognition and rewards systems.

Choices and Consequences

Without a doubt, the best learning takes place in calm, focused lessons. Staff will use a range of strategies to support students in maintaining the best conduct in the classroom. We believe that pupils should always be given a chance to regulate their own behaviour, which is why we have introduced a new system which focuses on giving pupils opportunities to make the right choices and, where necessary, to learn from their mistakes. However, no single student has the right to disrupt the learning of another. Where appropriate, pupils will be given time away from their class to reflect on their conduct and commit to the high standards we insist upon.

Stepped Classroom Interventions

In cases where a pupil’s behaviour in lessons is not of the standards we expect, a range of ‘stepped interventions’ will be applied:

Firstly, teachers will remind students, quietly and calmly, of the school’s expectations. In most cases, this will lead to positive choices being made.

Formal Warning: Sometimes a more assertive and clear warning may be required when a teacher is not satisfied that students are being ‘ready, respectful and safe’. This intervention represents a more serious concern will be recorded and shared with parents via Class Charts.

Reset: We want students to be in lessons and ready to learn. On occasion, this may require a short time outside the room to re-compose themselves. At this point, another member of staff will attend the lesson to have a short, structured conversation that allows the student to reflect on their behaviour and ensure they are ready to return to class in a positive manner. Parents will be informed of these events on Class Charts.

Timeout: Unfortunately, there may be times when a student is unable to recompose themselves sufficiently to return to the class, or don’t take the opportunity given to them following a ‘Reset’ conversation. In such circumstances, the student will be removed from the class and taken to our ‘Reflection Room’ for a short period. Our new Reflection Room gives pupils a calm environment to discuss classroom issues with staff and a chance to return to the classroom next lesson with a positive mindset. This will also be recorded and shown to parents via Class Charts. It will lead to a follow up discussion with the teacher to try to repair and resolve the issue.

School leaders monitor behaviour incidents very closely, identifying any issues or patterns causing concern and putting clear strategies in place when required.

Restoration

Strong pupil-teacher relationships are also a key element of successful learning and we believe that a restorative approach is essential. Productive discussions between pupils and their teachers will help to repair relationships and ensure high standards in the classroom. Where needed, additional time and support will be provided when pupils spend time in Restoration; giving pupils a calm and reflective space to receive positive support and guidance from our pastoral staff. Restoration sessions may take place at lunchtimes, or longer sessions can be arranged for half a day.

Respect Meetings

Respect is a central to Ormskirk School’s ethos. Incidents of disrespectful conduct towards other learners, staff or the school community, will often result in an after-school Respect Meeting. Pupils will meet with a member of the senior leadership team to discuss their conduct and to set achievable targets for improvement.

Period 6

We want to ensure every child at Ormskirk School makes as much progress as possible. Pupils who have regularly missed vital learning with be required to attend our new Period 6 sessions. Period 6 runs every Tuesday from 2.30pm - 3.30pm in the Learning Resource Centre. Supervised by senior leaders and teaching staff, pupils will be given the opportunity to catch up on missed work in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Whilst Period 6 will be open to all pupils who wish to receive extra support, some pupils will be directed to attend by their Progress and Learning Leaders where there are concerns about progress.

Further information about Ormskirk School’s behaviour and reward systems can be found in the Behaviour Policy and by contacting Progress and Learning Leaders, Mrs Field or Mr Wood.