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BHS Detention Policy

Despite the commitment to good behaviour and conscientious academic work that is expected from all pupils, it is recognised that there will occasionally be a need for staff to detain pupils in one of the following ways:

  1. A Lunchtime Detention – (supervised by staff) – Monday to Friday – ICT room 1

For pupils who have not done a homework properly, or for some other poor aspect of their work, including misbehaviour in the classroom. It will operate from 12.35pm – 1.05pm. Students will be expected to work in silence.

Staff are not encouraged to put large numbers of students in Lunchtime Detention. If a large group of students have failed in some way, staff take responsibility for running their own detention. (See below).

The lunchtime detention is for both disciplinary and academic matters, and represents an intermediate level of punishment. Front desk will note staff placing into detention and reason.  The ISC have a separate detention.

  1. Break

Pupils may be kept behind over break for 15 minutes by the teacher for poor work or behaviour.

  1. Head of Department/Faculty Detention

These may be held by the department. Failure to produce homework or poor quality work may lead to this and parents should be notified.

  1. Deputy’s Detention – One hour on Friday after school (supervised by SLT rota)

This will only be for more serious offences, generally disciplinary, or missing another detention (or lessons) and are only given by a Head of Year or Faculty after consultation with the Deputy Headmaster. Notice will be given to parents with 24 hours’ notice.  A pupil will not normally be permitted to have more than three DH detentions. If more than three are given, the pupil will then be placed in ‘In-School Suspension.’

  1. Absenteeism detention

This detention runs concurrently with the Deputy’s detention (above). However, it is for any student who deliberately misses either a classroom lesson or an activity without following correct channels. Notice will be given to parents with 24 hours’ notice.  A pupil will not normally be permitted to have more than three absenteeism detentions. If more than three are given, the pupil will then be placed in ‘In-School Suspension.’

  1. Saturday SLT Detentions – 11am – collected from reception Dalewood

Students may be detailed on a Saturday or INSET day. Full school uniform must be worn when attending detention. Letters will always be sent home for this type of detention and normally one week’s notice will be given of the arrangement at least.

  1. 6th Form detention

It is understood that as maturing adults 6th formers should often be treated as such and not often placed in detention.  Nevertheless there will be times when a detention is a suitable punishment for a 6th former.  In this instance the 6th former will be in Room 14 from 3.15pm.  JA takes this detention.

  1. In-School Suspension – (supervised by staff)

Over a period of one or two days, a pupil will be kept, away from all other pupils, throughout the day, under the supervision of The Head of Pastoral Care. This form of detention has the following intention: where possible, to avoid having to cause a pupil to be suspended out of school, whilst at the same time giving a very firm warning that serious breaches of discipline cannot be tolerated. Pupils placed in In-School suspension should realise that they are in danger of extremely serious consequences, should they fail to correct the type of behaviour they were responsible for.

  1. Full Suspension (Exclusion from school)

After two such in-school suspensions, in a given year, a full out-of-school suspension or exclusion would occur for a period of days decided by HM.

Parents/carers will be required to ensure supervision. Repetitions of this could lead to permanent exclusion.

It should be stated that the object of pastoral and disciplinary policy is NOT to be excluding pupils, where possible.

Note: other forms of detention are operated by individual departments or faculties. In addition, HM, the Deputy Head and Year Heads may place pupils under special detention and performance-monitoring arrangements.

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