We expect our students to be successful, whether that success is academic, sporting or in the contribution made to the wider life of the academy community. We expect the highest standards of behaviour and commitment to individual student success.
We will place great value on ensuring that your child becomes a responsible and conscientious adult. We believe that your child and our staff have the right to feel happy, supported and safe. We expect respect and regard for one another as members of the academy and of the larger community and good manners and politeness will be important qualities in our students.
Everyone is expected to make a positive contribution to Academy life. Our code of conduct outlines our high expectations with regard to teaching and learning, behaviour and appearance. Your child is required to wear our official Academy uniform at all times.
Our aim for your child is to ensure that they will make the most of their individual abilities. Our highly qualified teachers and support staff will be dedicated to delivering an inspiring education that motivates your child, raises standards and provides a range of opportunities for future development into further and higher education or training.
We believe that students who are Able, Gifted and Talented (AGT) require additional challenge and that it is important that their needs are fully catered for. We believe that everyday learning is the key to students’ making the progress that they should. AGT students are identified by using a number of measures and all staff are aware of who they are and ensure that lessons are planned to offer appropriate challenge to stretch these students, to develop deepening knowledge and understanding and to support progress with essential core skills. An extensive programme of activities is in place which extends and supports students’ achievement and progress and encourages independence, critical thinking, application of knowledge and a love of learning. We value students’ views and take these fully into account when developing a personalised programme of support to meet the needs of individuals. Students have the chance to take part in a large number of learning opportunities covering a variety of topics and skills. All our AGT students meet regularly with a senior member of staff.
Recognition and Reward
We strive for excellence and aim to recognise student achievement throughout the Academy and at every level. During all key stages students will be rewarded for a wide range of achievements, including academic success, sporting excellence and good attendance. Celebrating success motivates and inspires high standards of student achievement and self discipline.
Consett Academy’s definition of good behaviour is:
“Students demonstrate respect for themselves and all others while embracing the challenges of learning”
Consett Academy aims to develop in its students the ability to exercise self-discipline and procedures are designed to this end.
Rewarding Good Behaviour
High levels of motivation should be developed in various ways. In particular, the achievements and contributions of pupils, both as individuals and groups, should be recognised and commended. This can be done using:-
- individual praise - eg. in private; in assembly; in class
- the awarding of achievement points
- mention in Academy periodicals such as newsletters, student views etc.
- awarding of Prizes
- presentation of Achievement Certificates
- classroom teacher commendation to the Learning Director, Achievement Leader, Head of Campus, Vice Principals and/or Principal
Issuing of Achievement points
If students are on time for registration, are in correct uniform and have a pen, pencil, ruler and planner, they receive one achievement point per day.
If they are late, not in correct uniform or are not fully equipped, they have an achievement point deducted from their total per day.
Lesson registers are marked with a number representing their attitude to learning which automatically generates the awarding or reduction of achievement points.
1 - Outstanding, 2 - Good, 3 - Requires Improvement, 4 – Unacceptable.
Staff mark all students with a 2 at the beginning of the lesson, then update the register to reflect each student’s attitude to learning at a time convenient to them before they leave at the end of the day.
If a student is marked with a 1 or a 2 on the lesson register, they receive 2 or 1 achievement points respectively.
If they are marked with a 3 or a 4 on the lesson register, they receive -1 or -2 achievement points respectively.
If a student is late, they receive an L on the register which equates to -1 achievement points.
Staff may issue up to two further achievement points during a lesson for work completed outside the lesson.
Tutors and Achievement Leaders may issue up to 5 Achievement points per student per week for exceptional performance outside lessons or representing the Academy in a positive light in the community.
At the end of each term, Achievement Points are totalled, and students receive badges to represent the number of Achievement points earned.
Badges will be awarded for 250, 500, 750, 1000, 1250 and 1500 Achievement points.
Directorates also have their own achievement awards where student performance is recognised.
The rewards schemes reflect the Academy Principles of Inclusion, Progression and Excellence and are awarded at the end of each term.
These rewards include:
- Breakfast treats
- Pin Badges
- Days out
- Activity sessions within the Academy
- Metro Centre Vouchers
In each case, the students who are eligible for these rewards must demonstrate good attendance and good behaviour both in and out of the classroom.