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DETENTION SYSTEM

When an individual student’s behaviour/actions are persistently poor or when a teacher has made a professional judgement that a detention is necessary, a detention should be issued. It should always be explained to a student that a detention is a serious sanction and that it has been issued as a consequence of their failure to follow the School Ethos.
Any detention is a serious sanction and as such the behaviours of the student must be audited. Students must be given meaningful work to complete during a detention.

A whole class detention should never be given unless it is clear that every student in the class has exhibited behaviours or actions that would warrant an individual detention. If this is not the case then students who have behaved in accordance to the School ethos would be getting punished and this is clearly unacceptable.

Personal Detention:
In most instances a member of staff will initially issue a Personal Detention which will be held at break or lunch time. Students will be told why they have been given the detention and what they could have done to avoid it.
A Personal Detention should last no more than 15 minutes and students should be given sufficient time to have their lunch and a comfort break.

If a student fails to turn up for a Personal Detention, without good reason, this should be escalated to an after school detention. This will be Departmental Detention if it is a lesson/curriculum based issue and a Pastoral/Progress detention if it is a Form or Social time issue.

Departmental  Detention:
A Departmental Detention will last for 45 minutes and will be issued for:
  • Failure to attend a Personal Detention
  • Continual inappropriate behaviour in lessons after one or more Personal Detentions have been served
  • Persistent failure to complete homework or to submit to an acceptable standard
  • Serious incident in the subject area

It is imperative that the member of staff who issued the detention is present at the start to discuss the reasons why the sanction has been issued and to set meaningful work. This will give a clear reminder to the student as to who has placed him/her on the detention and should therefore encourage more positive behaviour in future.

If a student fails to attend a Departmental Detention, without good reason, they will be placed on a Senior Leadership Detention.

Progress/Pastoral Detention:
A Progress/Pastoral Detention will last for 45 minutes and will be issued for:
  • Failure to attend a Personal Detention issued during form
  • Persistent punctuality problems
  • Continual inappropriate behaviour outside of lessons after one or more Personal Detentions have been served
  • Serious incident outside of lessons

It is imperative that the member of staff who issued the detention is present at the start to discuss the reasons why the sanction has been issued and to set meaningful work. This will give a clear reminder to the student as to who has placed him/her on the detention and should therefore encourage more positive behaviour in future.

If a student fails to attend a Progress/Pastoral Detention, without good reason, they will be placed on a Senior Leadership Detention.

Senior Leadership Detention:
An SLT Detention will last for 1 hour and will be issued for:
  • Failure to attend a Departmental or Progress/Pastoral Detention
  • A serious behavioural incident

It is imperative that the member of staff who issued the detention is present at the start to discuss the reasons why the sanction has been issued and to set meaningful work. This will give a clear reminder to the student as to who has placed him/her on the detention and should therefore encourage more positive behaviour in future.

If a student fails to attend an SLT detention, without good reason, they will be placed in the Isolation Unit for one day as soon as possible.