Rules & Regulations
- 8:30 – Staff arrival time
- 9:00 – School bell
- 14:50 – Students go home
The school has 5 lessons per day and we offer after school activities that include football, badminton, debate club, baking club and knitting club. We are wanting to develop additional activities based on the discussions that we have held with the Student School Council and the Oak Tree High School Parents group.
The school uniform comprises of a plain black “Abaya” (no ornamentation or patterns), plain grey opaque scarf (no cotton scarfs), black school cardigan, black socks and black shoes. A tidy, clean and presentable appearance, in accordance to an Islamic ethos and dress code, must be observed at all times. The garments MUST be plain, modest in nature and hence should be loose and comfortable in fit. Images other than the school logo on any item of clothing will not be permitted. All pupils must wear secure scarves (i.e. hair must not be revealed and must not be loose so as to expose hair during the day).
Mobile phones are an expensive item and also they are a distraction within class. The school policy is that mobile phones are not allowed in school, however we can understand that for safety and security of children mobile phones may be required after school. Therefore, if your child brings a phone onto school we would ask them to hand the phone into the office and then collect it after school. However, in the case that a child does not hand her phone in at the beginning of the day, the class teacher will confiscate the phone and ask her parents to collect the phone. If this occurs on more than one instance the phone will be confiscated until the end of term.
Pupils may wear simple ear studs (earrings are NOT allowed). No other jewellery is allowed in School. This is a health and safety requirement of the school.
The school also adopts a STRICTLY no make-up policy. Any pupil with any form of make-up will asked to remove it immediately. This also includes uncut and extensions.
- Full sleeve Sweat Shirt
- Black jogging pants
At Oak Tree High School, we aim to create a calm, stimulating and caring learning environment through which children learn.
Each child will be encouraged to fulfil their intellectual, spiritual, physical, social and emotional potential. Central to the creation of this environment is a commitment to Islamic values, the recognition of the worth and value of each child and the cultivation of self-respect, so that the child may accept his appropriate responsibilities and show respect for others.
At Oak Tree High School we aim to establish a community wherein pupils, teachers, parents and support staff enjoy a sense of belonging and have an important part to play.
Policy for the promotion of Good Behaviour
This Policy is in the context of the pastoral care programme, the approach being positive, encouraging, constructive and inclusive.
It is our view that effective learning and teaching can only take place in an atmosphere where standards of good behaviour are set as pre-requisites.
Good behaviour is that conduct which assists the school to fulfil its function, namely to allow each child to reach their potential.
Poor behaviour is conduct which prevents a pupil’s own development or disrupts the development process of other members of the school community.
It therefore follows that good behaviour is that which:
- Conforms “To Reasonable Expectation” and “The Requirements Of The School”.
- Is Based upon “Mutual Respect For The Needs and Aspirations Of All In the School and Upon Care for Its Environment”.
Aims of Discipline
Discipline is a system of rules for good behaviour which aims to create conditions for an orderly community in which:
- Effective learning can take place.
- Self-discipline, self-esteem, self-respect, self–control and good personal relationships can be developed.
- There is mutual respect among members.
- Discipline should not be seen as punishment but as being concerned with the training of children to behave in a socially acceptable fashion while in the care of teachers and others in the education process. It may well be that a ‘consequence’ in the form of some sanction is part of this training, but generally discipline should aim to be positive. Such aims are best achieved in the framework of a relaxed atmosphere where enthusiasm and industry dominate and in which pupils are able to give of their best in the classroom and are encouraged and stimulated to fulfil their potential. This in turn, demands a positive policy of encouraging good attitudes, reward and praise and setting a good example.
This will be achieved through the active participation and collaboration of Teaching staff, Volunteers, Parents and Pupils
The School Rules
The school rules will be agreed with the whole school during an assembly in September each school year. Pupils will have the opportunity to suggest new rules and discuss the meaning and importance of them. The rules will be displayed in a central location as a visual reminder.
Behaviours we wish to encourage
- Good manners
- Co-operation and team work
- Positive attitude
- Pride in work
- Working effectively
- Good time management
Behaviours we wish to discourage
- Shouting out
- Talking when others are talking
- Unnecessary and inappropriate movement
- Negative attitudes
- Demoralising others
- Damaging others work or school property
- Aggression of any form
- Use of bad language
Rewards – The Positive Side of Discipline
In any disciplinary system the emphasis must be on the positive approach of encouragement and praise, rather than on the negative one of criticism and punishment. In any case criticism should always include advice on how to improve and should be constructive in its approach. It is our school policy to emphasise positive approaches to maintain and improve discipline.
Praise should be used more than reprimand.
Remember that the child’s efforts/behaviour will be praised or sanctioned and not the child personally.
- Praise can be given in many ways and, without any attempt to put this into a value order, might include the following:
- Use of body language, a quiet word or an encouraging smile.
- A written comment on pupil’s work or in a more detailed way picking out specific points or ideas that gives pleasure.
- Positive feedback to parents, verbally or in written form.
- A visit to a colleague or to the SLT for commendation, e.g. a written comment or sticker or merit mark.
- A public word of praise in front of the group, the class or the whole school.
- Public acknowledgement by presentation at assembly.
- Reward system in the class.
- Use of school report to comment favourably, not only on good work and academic achievement, but also on behaviour and on general attitudes.
A whole school Star Pupil reward system will be used as a positive reinforcement to promote high standards of behaviour. Each month the teachers will select a pupil from their class who has tried their best and obeyed the school rules. Pupil of the month will be awarded in assembly. Each pupil will receive a certificate and prize and their name will be displayed on the pupil board. A record will be kept of the number of times each pupil wins the award. Pupil of the Year will be presented for each class at Prize Day.
Class Reward System
A merit system will be used to reward the classes that move quietly around the school, line up properly at break and lunch time and sit quietly in assembly. The class with the most stickers at the end of the month will be given an extended break time. The class that wins this reward the most will be given a treat at the end of the year.
Good teaching practice and positive teacher/pupil relationships are contributors to good classroom discipline enabling effective learning to take place and in order to achieve this goal the following strategies should be implemented:
The encouragement of genuine involvement of all pupils in the classroom activities by recognising their different abilities and talents and matching tasks to those children.
The recognition and encouragement of children’s individuality and importance of self- esteem.
Attempting to make lessons enjoyable and challenging with an approach which is sufficiently flexible to encourage children’s contributions; taking account of the child’s preferred learning style.
The use of positive rather than negative language to communicate expectations and feedback to pupils.
Giving regular praise and encouragement to pupils, particularly to disruptive pupils as soon as acceptable behaviour is observed.
The establishment of a small number of classroom rules which are agreed with the children to encourage ownership.
Whole staff agreement on the use of a reward chart to record positive behaviour.
Negative behaviour within the sight or sound of an individual teacher should never be ignored. The pupil or pupils concerned should be spoken to and appropriate class teacher informed.
Teachers are responsible for the supervision of their class at all times during the school day from 8.45am until 3.00pm. Each time the class is leaving the classroom the teacher should be positioned near the door where behaviour in the classroom and corridor can best be observed.
Teachers are responsible for the supervision of their class around the school e.g. walking to afternoon classes, walking to the hall or to the playground, etc.
Each teacher should keep a record book in which the details of each occasion that the sanction of a pupil in her/his charge is required is recorded, other than occasions when the only sanction is a spoken word, the pupil’s name, the nature of the offence and the sanction allotted should be noted. A separate page or pages should be retained for each pupil so that his/her record over the year could be readily viewed. This book should be submitted to the Behaviour Manager when a pupil is being referred for persistent breach of rules. The book will also be required to show to parents, but only if they are requested to visit the school to discuss their child’s behaviour.
From time to time a teacher is responsible for a group of children other than those in her/his class. If a sanction is imposed on such an occasion the teacher involved in the situation will be responsible for its imposition and checking, but he/she should also ensure that the class teacher is informed so that the incident can be entered in the class record.
Teachers must reinforce school rules to support the whole school vision.
Discipline is a TEAM EFFORT and all staff must take responsibility for the children in their care.
Positive Play Behaviour
Oak Tree High School recognises the unique contribution play activities make to the well- being of pupils in our school. Providing a safe and supportive environment, play offers pupils opportunities for creativity, fun and enjoyment. We attach great importance to ensuring that break and lunchtimes in our school offer pupil’s positive experiences that contribute to their social, physical and emotional well-being.
Through our play activities, we aim to promote:
- Physical activity and increased levels of participation
- Co-operation, consideration, sharing, respect and fair play
- Self-esteem and confidence
- Language and listening skills
We expect the same school rules and standards of behaviour to apply as during the rest of the school day.
Pupils are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors, explore their environment and play imaginatively, alone or in groups. A wide range of resources are provided to stimulate positive play.
Pupils are encouraged to manage, with adult help only when necessary, their social situations positively and independently. They should feel safe and secure so as to feel that they can ask for help when needed. All staff need to cultivate a consistent approach to discipline in order for the pupils to feel safe.
Class points will be awarded for any positive behaviour that is observed and for lining up quietly and safely.
In September each year Y11 pupils can apply to become playground Mentors and help to promote positive behaviour and physical activities during break and lunch time.
The Behaviour Manager will meet with the pupils to discuss the job and provide relevant training. The pupils will assist the adults on duty to encourage the younger children to interact positively with their peers. They will help the children to take part in physical activities.
In poor weather staff may decide that the pupils should not go outside at break or lunch time. with a range of games.
Volunteers are responsible for the supervision of the children at lunch time. When a breach of the school rules takes place during the period when volunteers are on duty this should be noted and the appropriate teachers informed as soon as is convenient after the end of the lunch break.
Any incidents involving the bad behaviour of pupils should be reported to the Behaviour Manager at an appropriate time.
Sanctions in Discipline
Even with good classroom practice it will be necessary to have sanctions. These are necessary for the following reasons:
- To make the particular child and others aware of the school/teacher disapproval of unacceptable behaviour;
- To protect the authority of teachers should they be threatened
- To enable children to understand that undesirable behaviour will have unpleasant consequences.
- Be constructive;
- Be applied with sensitivity and flexibility;
- Where possible be related to the misdemeanour;
- Generally, be specific to the offender and not the whole group;
- Minor day to day incidents are dealt with by class teacher;
- Be administered fairly within each class and within whole school.
- Relate to the age of the child.
- Be consistent. Both key stages have reviewed hierarchy of unacceptable behaviour and there is consistency across key stage.
Sanctions will include:
- A look of disapproval;
- Immediate checking of misbehaviour;
- A minor penalty relevant to the offence e.g. an apology, tidy up;
- Whole staff agreed staged approach (Using traffic lights) to deal with Mild, Moderate and Severe undesirable behaviour
- Persistent disruptive or aggressive behaviour will be dealt with through a time out provided in another teacher’s classroom. Assistants will be available to supervise pupils going to the Time Out Area.
- Serious acts of misconduct will be dealt with by the Behaviour Manager who will inform parents immediately if necessary or invite them into school to discuss concerns and a way forward.
- Loss of privileges may result such as after school activities. However, consideration has to be given to the impact on others leading or taking part in these activities and to the effect on general attitudes;
- Suspension and/or expulsion.
Individual Education Plans for Behaviour
It may be necessary for some children to have an IEP to address behaviour difficulties. This will be discussed with the class teacher, Behaviour Manager and the parents of the child. The IEP will then be put into action and reviewed on a termly basis.
Parents and Discipline
Standards of behaviour will vary from home to home and family to family, but conflict arises when the expectations of school are different from those at home. It is quite clear that a pupil’s acceptance of any system of rules or behaviour is determined by the attitudes of home and local society. Therefore, parental acceptance of the school’s expectations and active co-operation with the staff is absolutely essential if an acceptable standard of discipline is to be achieved. Although parents are not in school with their children, their influence is still greater than that of a class teacher.
Parents have a duty to ensure that their children do not cause injury or damage to others or to any property and they therefore have an obligation to promote the general policy and rules of discipline as laid down by the school.
The co-operation of parents is sought in relation to maintaining high standards of pupil attendance, punctuality, personal appearance, the wearing of school uniform, caring for learning materials, particularly those which belong to the school and which may be sent home and the supervision of homework.
Parents are asked to give their positive support to this policy, the sole purpose of which is to assist the staff to fulfil the school’s function of seeking to develop fully the potential of all pupils.
Bad behaviour prevents this, either when an individual prevents her own development by behaving badly or when unacceptable conduct disrupts the development process for other members of the school community. It therefore follows that ‘good behaviour’ as outlined above in the ‘Behaviour We Wish To Encourage’ and ‘School Rules’, is that which conforms to these reasonable expectations and requirements of the school and is based upon mutual respect for the needs and aspirations of all in the school and upon care for its environment.
Try to ensure that your child arrives in school between 8.45 am and 9.00 am. Early arrivals cause supervision problems and late arrivals cause disruption to classes.
Discuss schoolwork and homework with your child and see that the latter is attended to and signed each night by you.
Make the school aware of any problems your child may have with regard to schoolwork or personal relationships.
Give your child encouragement in all aspects of school life.