Egglescliffe is one of only two 11-18 schools in Stockton. This makes it special. An 11-18 environment ensures positive role models for younger pupils and it helps to create a more mature ethos in which hard work and high levels of achievement dominate. We are very proud of our sixth form students who, not only perform well academically, but also add a tremendous dimension to many whole school activities. The sixth form curriculum is wide ranging, with over 20 Advanced level courses, and most students progress to Higher Education. Please ask for the Sixth Form prospectus. Equipment In order for pupils to take responsibility for their own learning they must have the right equipment. Please ensure that your son or daughter has the following:- Pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, ruler, rubber, coloured pencils, highlighter, glue stick, compasses, protractor, calculator and reading book. Students need to ensure they are organised and bring the correct equipment and books to school each day. Mobile Phone Rules Mobile phones, tablets, smartwatches and electronic music players cause difficulties and disruption both in lessons and around school. Because of this we insist all students meet the following expectations: Mobile phones, tablets and music players are switched off before the student is on site. Mobile phones, tablets and music players must not be seen or heard at any point during the school day on school site. Egglescliffe School is a no mobile phone site-students should not switch their phones on until they have left the premises. Sanctions for failing to follow rules If a mobile phone, tablet or music player is seen or heard whilst the student is on school site the following sanctions will be enforced: Stage 1- First confiscation The phone/tablet/music player will be confiscated and retained in the school safe for the day. The student will be an issued an after-school detention with their Head of House. Parents/carers will need to collect the phone from the school (the reception is open from the hours of 8.15am until 4pm). Stage 2- Subsequent confiscations The phone/tablet/music player will be confiscated and retained in the school safe for the day. The student will be issued three after-school detentions with their Head of House. Parents/carers will need to collect the phone from the school. A meeting will be arranged with parents/carers to discuss the issue. Refusal to hand in phone If a student does not hand in a phone/tablet/music player which has been seen or heard then parents will need to attend a meeting with a senior leader. The student will be put in isolation. Failure to follow instructions or follow school rules can result in a fixed term exclusion. Please Note: Students should not be using their phone during the school day to contact parents about school events or other issues. If a student needs to contact their parents/carers during the school day a phone is available to use in student services during break or lunchtime. School Uniform We require all pupils to wear school uniform until they enter the sixth form. The uniform is simple and we do enforce it. Above all, we want pupils to look smart for school and take a pride in their appearance. We need the support of parents to do this properly. A full list of uniform is given with this propectus. After School Detentions Teachers set after school detentions for a variety of reasons e.g. a pupil is late with homework-, has failed to complete classwork properly, continually forgets their planner or flouts the uniform rules. Parents will usually be notified 24 hours in advance of the detention. However, the government has given schools the right to enforce detentions without 24 hours notice. Standards of Behaviour We expect pupils to behave well and to show tolerance and respect to everyone. Posters explaining our expectations – Code of Conduct, the School Council Bullying Code, Rules and Routines, School Uniform, Home-School Agreement – are displayed in House blocks. Behaviour for Learning Aims At Egglescliffe School, we firmly believe that one of the key components of good behaviour is a strong working relationship between the school and parents. We would like to give parents some information about our approach to managing student behaviour. Hopefully, as a result of this, you will be better informed and therefore better equipped to work with us to ensure that your child reaches his/her full potential. School ethos This is the most potent influence in promoting good behaviour. The development of positive personal relationships, accepting the dignity and worth of ALL members of the school is paramount. Such an ethos is rooted in genuine attitudes of positive care, mutual respect and firm, consistent application of rules. We would be grateful if you could take some time to read through the following information and discuss it with your child so that we are all clear about the expectations, strategies, rewards and sanctions which constitute our Behaviour for Learning policy. All students, staff, parents and governors should be aware of the school expectations: Arrive at all lessons on time and ready to learn Follow all instructions from school staff first time, every time Be polite and show respect for others at all times Show respect for the school environment, personal property and the wider community Wear the correct uniform at all times Walk calmly and sensibly around school, keeping to the left Good behaviour will be rewarded. There will be consequences for poor behaviour. Achieving behaviour for learning: Effective teaching and learning, with teachers delivering well planned, high quality lessons, is the key to good behaviour. Pupils cannot learn unless they behave well. The role of the class teacher is, therefore, paramount in promoting good behaviour. Consistency, from all staff, when applying strategies and sanctions is critically important in maintaining high standards of pupil behaviour. Positive reinforcement, using praise and merit stickers, should be used as much as possible with pupils to promote an ethos of high expectations and achievement. Support for classroom teachers is to be found in a “team” approach to behaviour with class teachers supported by their Subject leaders in the first instance, together with Heads of House, tutors and senior staff. With reference to disruptive behaviour staff should always attempt to deal with this in such a way that the pupil understands it is the behaviour which is unacceptable and not the person. If you would like view the Behaviour Policy, please check click here. Exclusions Statement Other Issues Chewing gum is not allowed on site – it is a health hazard, sticks to clothes and is inappropriate for school. Everybody on site (adults and young people) is asked not to chew gum. High energy drinks – with high levels of caffeine and taurine, such as Red Bull and Kick, should not be brought into school. These cans are clearly labelled “not suitable for children”. Large bottles of fizzy drinks – eg Cola should not be brought onto the site and they will be confiscated. Aerosols are not allowed on site – for health and safety reasons. Above all, we want a positive start to the new term in September. An understanding of the school rules by all parties will set the year off to a crisp, focused beginning which is good for everybody. We do have tremendous support from parents on a range of issues and we all want to see that continue. Thank you for your help with these matters.