Discipline & School Expectations

The school’s core values are:

  • Have respect for yourself and for others
  • Respect people’s property and the environment
  • Have respect for the School
  • Use Welsh as much as you are able
  • Positive attitude to school life

Rights and Responsibilities:

Every pupil has the right to:

  • Learn to the best of their ability
  • Learn in a clean and safe environment
  • Be treated with respect

Every pupil is responsible for:

  • Learning and giving others the opportunity to learn
  • Being punctual at all times
  • Arriving and leaving the classroom in an orderly manner
  • Standing when a member of staff enters the room
  • Following teacher’s instructions in class and on the corridors
  • Keeping to deadlines
  • Ensuring that any missed work is completed
  • Keeping mobile phones and other technology switched off and out of sight in the school bag during the school day
  • Using the computer system for academic work only
  • Putting rubbish in the bin
  • Eating in canteen only
  • Walking on the left
  • Behaving respectfully on the corridors

Health and safety guidelines include:

  • Be punctual for morning and afternoon registration
  • Stay on the school site during the school day (Yr 7 – 11)
  • Ony go to the Leisure Centre for lessons
  • Follow all fire instructions and arrangements concerning the buses
  • No weapons, alcohol, drugs or smoking
  • No jewellery other than one pair of ear-rings (‘studs’ or ‘sleepers’ for ears only)
  • Walk on the left on corridors and stairs
  • No congregating on the first floor during break and lunch hour
  • Put litter in bins and keep the school clean
  • No chewing gum on the site

If pupils behave badly teachers are entitled to reprimand or discipline them within reason - by setting extra work or keeping them in detention. If we are not satisfied with a pupil's attitude, we invite parents to the school to discuss the problem. In some instances of misbehaviour or patterns of misbehaviour a pupil may be kept in after school detention. Parents will be informed at least five days in advance. In more serious cases of misbehaviour pupils may be excluded from school. The above sanctions are all employed within the frame- work of the school’s behaviour policy. A copy of the policy can be found here. A parent has the right to appeal to the Governors if they do not agree with any action taken.

Serious Misbehaviour

The types of behaviour listed below are not acceptable at any time in School:

  • Stealing
  • Vandalism
  • Physical Attack
  • Possession/Use/Supply of alcohol, drugs or a dangerous weapon
  • Abusive or threatening behaviour towards a member of staff
  • Behaviour which puts others in danger
  • Use of the computer equipment to damage other people’s work
  • Interfering with or compromising the computer management system
  • Bullying
  • Cyber-bullying including texting and mobile phones
  • Taking or distributing photos/videos/recordings without permission

The consequence of these types of behaviour could lead to exclusion from school, either temporarily or permanently.

Pupils in Years 7 – 11 must remain on the school site throughout the day. Year 12 and 13 pupils are allowed to leave the school during the lunch period, and at other times with the Head of Progress’ consent. It must be emphasised that the school takes no responsibility for these pupils if they exercise this option.

Lunch is available in the canteen and there are often school activities during the lunch break. The school retains the right to keep a pupil in during the lunch hour in cases of bad behaviour.

Pupils going to see the doctor, optician, dentist or to the hospital should show an appointment card or parental letter to the form teacher before going, and fill in the Exit Book in the school office before leaving school and on return.

All pupils are expected to take part in Games and Physical Education. Pupils are only excused for good medical reasons. Physical Education is a compulsory element of the National Curriculum.

Bullying

Each member of the school community has the fundamental right to be respected by others and to experience a happy school life. The school's Anti-bullying Policy was formulated following full discussions with parents and the School Council. The policy details how the school endeavours to defend that right by stating clearly the school's position on bullying and by giving guidance to pupils, parents, staff and governors on how to act if bullying is identified or if there is suspicion that bullying is taking place. Bullying happens in all schools. Penweddig is determined to work in partnership with families to decrease its incidence and, as far as possible, to try to eradicate it from the school.

Bullying is totally unacceptable. A copy of the anti-bullying policy can be found on the school’s website. The school will deal with every occurrence of bullying individually and will follow the school’s Anti-bullying Policy. The response may vary across the disciplinary steps 1 to 6 of the school behaviour policy depending on circumstances. Bullying can lead to exclusion.