Positive Behaviour Policy

As a Catholic school we seek to ensure that all aspects of school life are firmly rooted in Christian principles.  In particular, we accept that every child in our school is an important human person, created by God and entrusted to us by parents / carers.  We also accept that every teacher is an important person and a professional, entitled to the support and respect of children and parents / carers.  The Positive Behaviour policy of St. Joseph’s College is based on the development of caring relationships among students, teachers, parents / carers and support staff.

St. Joseph’s College aims to be a warm, happy and supportive environment in which students can progress to young adulthood and become responsible, independent people who will make a positive and caring contribution to their community.

The policy supports the delivery of the school’s core values and is an integral part of the curriculum in practice.  It should be read in conjunction with the Anti-Bullying and Pastoral policies and rewards programme of the School Credit System.  The policy seeks to:

  •  Develop students’ responsibility, self-discipline and respect for others and themselves
  • Create an ordered and caring environment in which effective learning and individual growth is promoted
  • Ensure that staff, students and parents / carers are aware of the school’s expectations of behaviour
  • Provide guidelines and principles to deal with unacceptable behaviour

Positive Discipline Strategies

Good relationships

It is our belief that good discipline is based, first and foremost, on good relationships between teacher and student and secondly, on high expectations of students in terms of behaviour and work.  These principles extend to the interaction of the whole school community and St. Joseph’s College seeks to promote its aim of being a “listening school” in the development of friendly relationships at all levels.

Contribution of Staff to Good Discipline

The professional conduct of all staff is central for effective teaching.  Positive teacher influence stems from attitude, character, example, teaching skills and their rapport with students.  In return, teachers have the right to be allowed to teach, to be listened to and to expect the full support of parents / carers and students in upholding the school standards.

Staff Student Relationship

Whole School – Staff will:
  • Call students by their Christian names
  • Listen to students and respect what they have to say
  • Value individuality
  • Deal diplomatically with anti-social behaviour
  • Greet student on coming to class
  • Praise student achievement as often as possible
  • Reward good behaviour in and out of the classroom
  • Avoid discussing individual incidents or students openly with uninvolved staff
Classroom Practice – Teachers will:
  • Plan lessons with clear learning intentions
  • Follow the good lesson format which is displayed in all classrooms
  • Share learning outcomes and success criteria with students
  • Have high realistic expectations of students
  • Take a register
  • Move around the classroom
  • Be consistent and fair

Contribution of Students to Good Discipline

Students have the right to be taught effectively in a proper environment, to experience a well balanced curriculum and to be treated positively and fairly.  In return, they are expected to be co-operative and well mannered, to respect others and to contribute positively to school life.  They must be familiar with the Code of Conduct in their Homework Diary and its implications for their behaviour.  The Code of Conduct is intended to be a positive encouragement towards caring for others.  Within this framework, teachers and support staff will seek to draw students towards an understanding of a range of important issues through discussion in the pastoral programme at registration and in conversation at break or lunchtime.  Students will be encouraged to see the relevance of school rules and parents / carers will be informed of all such rules.

The school Code of Conduct has been developed to protect the rights of each member of the school community and to allow each member to fulfil his / her responsibilities.  This code is based on commitment to work, co-operation and consideration.  These will be expressed in a number of ways:

A quiet orderly start to the lesson

All students should:

  • Arrive on time
  • Be of smart appearance – correct uniform
  • Enter the room sensibly
  • Go straight to their workplace and wait quietly
  • Take out all appropriate equipment e.g. books, pens, Homework Diary, homework
  • Put bags away
  • Remain silent during registration
  • Be ready to begin lesson

During lessons

  • When your teacher, or anyone else talks to the whole class, remain silent, concentrate and listen
  • If the class is asked a question, put up your hand to answer.  Do not call out (unless you are asked for quick ideas)
  • If you wish to ask a question or need help, put up your hand
  • You must have respect for others in the class and their views
  • You are expected to work sensibly with your classmates; do not distract or annoy them
  • You are responsible for your own work and for helping to create an atmosphere for good learning in the classroom
  • Eating, drinking (with the exception of bottled water, with teacher permission) and chewing gum are not allowed
  • The only jewellery that is acceptable is a watch
  • iPods, MP3 players, magazines, mobile phones and other distractions are not allowed
  • If you arrive late without good reason, you must expect to be detained for at least the amount of time you missed, in order to make up the work.  You must also address the teacher and explain reason for lateness
  • Do not expect to be allowed to go to the toilet during a lesson

End of lessons

  • Make sure you have recorded your homework in your Homework Diary
  • You should not begin to pack away or put on outside wear until teacher tells you to do so
  • Check desks for graffiti:  tell your teacher
  • Leave your own area of the room clean, tidy and litter-free
  • When told, stand quietly and push in or put up chairs
  • You may leave the room only when your teacher tells you to go

 Around the school

  • Move quickly, calmly and carefully between classrooms
  • Students should walk on the left of corridors and give way when meeting staff / visitors at doorways
  • Show respect for other people, their property and the school building
  • Don’t drop litter in the school building or grounds – use the bins
  • No eating around the school; only at break-time and in the canteen at lunch-time

At all times

  • There is never any excuse for rudeness, disrespect or insolence towards any member of staff (teaching or non-teaching), visitors or other students
  • Any reasonable request from a member of staff (teaching or non-teaching) should be carried out at once without argument

Fire Alarm

  • When you hear the fire alarm, follow your teacher’s instructions and go quickly and quietly to the outside assembly point

Contribution of Parents / Carers to Good Discipline

Close co-operation between home and school is essential for the maintenance of good discipline in school.  Parents / Carers have the right to expect adequate information, to be listened to and to know that their children will be safe, secure and properly taught.  In return, they have the responsibility to send their children to school punctually, adequately prepared and well presented; to monitor their child’s progress, to offer relevant information regarding personal and academic details, to meet with staff when necessary and to support school policies.  Parents / Carers should sign Homework Diary on a weekly basis to ensure their child is making good progress.  Where a student is placed on Behaviour or Progress Report, parents / carers should sign the report daily.

They should attend all parents’ meetings called by the school to discuss their child’s progress or behaviour.

Parents / Carers are expected to ensure that their child:

  • Attends school regularly
  • Attends throughout designated term times
  • Is in proper uniform
  • Completes all homework set
  • Abides by school rules
  • Represents the school when requested to do so


St. Joseph’s College operate a Credit System to reward students for their positive behaviour.  All staff members have the ability to reward students for positive behaviour.  Students record their progress in the Credit System, through their homework diaries and on the wall display which is recorded on their Form Class noticeboard.

Students receive certificates at the end of term Celebration Assemblies and the top achieving students at Key Stage 3 receive a Credit Trip at the end of each year.

In Key Stage 4, we operate an Academic Lottery.  Each student receives a lottery ticket for every 10 credits he receives and at the end of each academic year all lottery tickets are placed in a draw for rewards, which take the form of Gift Vouchers for local shops chosen by the winning students.

Celebration Assemblies are held each term and students receive their Certificates of Achievement in the School Credit System.  In addition to this, every subject nominates a student from each year group as their ‘Student of the Half Term’.  Students who have 100% attendance receive certificates for their achievements.  Sporting Awards are distributed and special awards given when necessary.

We believe that the more positive encouragement students receive the less likely they are to present unacceptable behaviour.


Working actively together, teachers, parents / carers and students are able to focus on the positive rather than punitive side of discipline.  It must be recognised, however, that there may be occasions when more serious breaches will occur and that some students may contravene school rules and accepted patterns of behaviour.  Consequently, it is necessary to have a set of procedures and sanctions for dealing with such offences, clearly understood and agreed by all staff, parents / carers and students.

The sanctions to be employed in respect of indiscipline will depend upon the nature and seriousness of the misdemeanour.  Persistent misbehaviour is regarded by the school as a serious breach of discipline liable to the most serious sanctions.  Teachers will record, using Lesson Monitor and Behaviour Management Module, any misbehaviour and the punishment imposed, if appropriate, and inform parents of any misbehaviour by recording it in the Homework Diary.

Detailed student records are kept within school and all incidents of indiscipline will be recorded in their file using the internal referral system.

Student’s misbehaviour may fall into one of three categories which will dictate the nature of the responses identified below:

Behaviour & Discipline Flow Chart: Download
Incident / Example Table: Download