Disciplinary Procedure

This section tells you what to expect if we are not happy with your behaviour. You will be subject to a disciplinary procedure if you break the terms of your Contract of Study. For example if you:

  • Deliberately fail to meet the requirements of your examination courses
  • Miss school sessions without a valid reason
  • Arrive late, without good reason and/or you fail to provide absence notes when necessary
  • Damage or misuse school property
  • Persistently dress in an inappropriate manner
  • Display an inappropriate attitude towards staff, which causes offence
  • Display an attitude that disrupts the work of others
  • Display a lack of respect for the rights of others

The disciplinary process will be similar to the school’s policy for subject exclusion, which is detailed below:

A policy for subject exclusion

  • Rationale
    • This is to be used in the case of concerns about quality of work, truancy, poor behaviour, missing deadlines or any other incidence where the student work or behaviour is deemed to be below the expected level.
  • Aims
    • To clarify a series of escalating steps designed to support individual students
    • To give the student every opportunity to correct the situation
    • Ensure good communication between student, staff, parents and schools
  • Procedure
    • The subject tutor should arrange to speak to the student in order to express his or her concerns about the situation. A dialogue should clearly explain that position and the exact concerns that the tutor has regarding the progress of the student.
    • The student should be given the opportunity to explain any problems he or she may be facing.
    • With these supportive mechanisms in place the student would be expected to rectify the situation. A written, dated record of the discussion should be kept and agreed by both parties complete with a record of intent from the student as detailed on the appropriate pro forma.
    • If no improvement occurs then a similar meeting should be arranged between the Head of Department, Subject tutor and the student. The student should be given a further opportunity to rectify the situation. A written, dated record of the discussion should be kept by the Head of Sixth and Head of Department.
    • At this point the Head of Sixth should be informed and discussions should take place between the Head of Sixth and the student in a further attempt to resolve the situation.
    • The Head of Sixth should clarify the policy of subject exclusion to the student in order to express the seriousness of the situation.
    • The Head of Sixth should investigate the progress of the student in other areas to ascertain whether the situation is isolated or existing in all subject areas.
    • In addition a letter should also be sent to parents from the Head of Department clearly expressing the nature of the problem and the manner in which the student may correct the situation. The letter should include information regarding what the department has done in order to attempt to improve the situation and the possibility of the further steps that may be taken if the issues are not solved.
    • If serious concern continues, the Head of Department should request a parent at interview in order that parent, student, tutor and Head of Department can discuss the issue, which should be clearly expressed and solutions offered.
    • If a solution does not arise following these steps, the Head of Sixth should arrange to meet with the student and parents in order to explain that the student has not responded and that the department would be excluding the student from the subject.

Monitoring

To be monitored by the Head of Sixth and Head of Department, in order to ensure that the procedures are followed and students are effectively supported.