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Meadowhead School

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Consequences and Sanctions


Any student breaking our rules will be issued a corresponding sanction. Sanctions may be issued for student behaviour off the school site – please see page 17 of the Behaviour Policy for more information.

Our Sanctions Structure

As a school we always seek to reinforce and reward positive effort, attitude and behaviour.  At Meadowhead these attributes are consistently demonstrated by the vast majority of students.  However, if a student misbehaves or fails to produce satisfactory work in relation to their ability, various sanctions called Consequences (C) will be used.

Disruptive behaviour in the classroom is dealt with as follows:

Stage 1

Verbal warning

Student told explicitly the reason for the warning and given time to correct their behaviour. 

Stage 2

Second verbal warning

Name on board and C1 issued

Stage 3

Final verbal warning

Name on board and ticked.

C2 issued

Teacher holds a same day Restorative Conversation (RC) after school with student.

Non-attendance= Teacher sets a 30 minute next day C3 detention (recorded on ClassCharts)

Stage 4

C3 issued by class teacher (30 minute next day detention)

On call alerted, leading to removal from classroom to faculty behaviour room

Teacher provides work for the student to complete

C3 reflection sheet to be completed by student

Stage 5

Refusal to attend faculty behaviour room or removal from faculty behaviour room.

Student taken to the re-set room (SLT/HOY)

Stage 6
Any student with 3 referrals to the re-set room in one week will spend a full day in the ISR (Internal Suspension Room)

Teachers are asked to record the relevant consequence (C1, C2 or C3) on class charts at the end of the lesson to avoid duplication of behaviour points.

Stage 7- The Red Line

Serious breaches of school behaviour policy will be considered as crossing the red line. Such breaches will result in one of the following actions: internal suspension, fixed term suspension, governor panel or permanent exclusion.

Examples of red line behaviours include: swearing at staff, fighting/violence, bringing a banned item to school, persistent truancy, repeatedly not following instructions, repeatedly disrupting the learning of others or bringing the school into disrepute.

Failure to attend RC = parents contacted by class teacher and 30 minute C3 detention issued for the next day after school. Refusal to attend C3= Referral to ISR made by HOY

C1s are given to any student who arrives late to a lesson after registers have been taken. Any 3 ‘lates’ to school will result in a next day C3 detention. Each day pupils will have a uniform and equipment check carried out by their morning tutor. Any missing items of uniform or equipment will result in a C1. Being sent out for extreme behaviour results in an automatic C3 detention. C3 detentions can be given for other breaches of school rules such as:

  • Smoking/vaping
  • Swearing
  • Chewing
  • Defiance
  • Persistent lateness
  • Out of bounds
  • Truancy
  • Refusal to remove hats, coats, hoodies
  • Damaging school property*

*parents may be charged for any damage caused to school property

Parents will be notified of a C3 detention by either a text or email (depending on contact details shared with the school by parents/carers).  Parental consent is not required for detentions but the information is always shared.

(C3) Detentions

These will be held every evening on year corridors. C3 detention starts at 2:45pm and ends at 3:15pm.

Students will work, in silence, for the duration of their detention and complete a ‘reflections’ sheet.

Any student who fails to attend C3 without a valid reason will be placed in the internal suspension room (ISR) for the next school day and will sit the missed C3 detention after school that evening.

Any student who refuses to enter the ISR or who misbehaves in the ISR may receive a suspension from school.

(C4) Internal Suspension Room

The internal suspension room (ISR) is fully equipped with appropriate work for all subjects across the Key Stages. Students in the ISR will not be permitted to take part in breaks or lunchtimes with their peers. Examples of behaviour which could lead to internal suspension (in addition to those described above):

  • threatening behaviour
  • truancy from lessons
  • bullying
  • repeated disruption to the learning process
  • behaviour deemed to undermine the good order of the school
  • smoking/vaping or being in the company of smokers
  • vandalism
  • swearing 
  • rudeness to staff
  • fighting
  • deliberate disobedience
  • non-compliance with school uniform requirements
  • failure to attend a C3
  • leaving site without permission