Last year we made great progress in terms of supporting students to develop good learning habits, remain on task, focused in lessons and, as a result, make better progress. As we believe in continuous improvement this year we plan to improve on these good learning habits which include:
- Coming to school with a pen and other basic equipment
- Following instructions the first time they are asked
- Arriving on time to school and being punctual to lessons
- Remaining focused and on task in all lessons
A clear focus on these good learning habits and a positive attitude to learning is the key to the right start every day at St. Mary’s and the foundation for future success. Following this up with immediate and clear sanctions is also important to ensure students do the basic of what is required each day.
By now all St. Mary’s students are familiar with the routine of equipment checks every morning in form, along with collective worship and registration. Form Time and the role of the Form Teacher is crucial in setting each student up for the day – to be ‘ready to learn’. From September during each form time there will be a time for every student to commit to the 5 good learning habits they will need to be successful that we will insist on day-in and day-out and this is about having PRIDE in everything that they do:
PRESENT AT SCHOOL WEARING THE CORRECT UNIFORM AND BE READY TO LEARN
I am very proud of the way St. Mary’s students present themselves when they come into school and walk around the local community. Students who look smart and who take pride in their appearance are the best representatives of St. Mary’s. When students have to be reminded about their uniform this takes vital time away from learning for both themselves and others. Our uniform code is available all year round here on website.
REMAIN ON TASK DURING EVERY LESSON AND BE READY TO LEARN
Students who remain on task achieve and we insist on this for all lessons. It is not acceptable for any student to be off-task and disrupting the learning of others.
IN SCHOOL AND LESSONS ON TIME AND BE READY TO LEARN
It is vital that not only do students arrive on time every day for school but they arrive to all lessons on time too. Arriving late means a student misses out on the important start of a lesson and disrupts the learning of others.
All students must be in school by the time the movement bell rings at 8.25am every morning. They then have time to be at registration by 8.30am. Students will be considered late if they arrive after 8.30am. Allowances can be made for buses at the discretion of Mrs Brahms, Senior Deputy Headteacher.
Every student is expected to achieve at least 95% attendance and holidays should not be taken in term-time.
DO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS THE FIRST TIME YOU ARE ASKED SO EVERYONE CAN LEARN
We expect all students to show self-discipline and not to answer back. Teaching staff at St. Mary’s are professionals who make reasonable requests that we expect to be followed. We will praise and reward students who demonstrate excellent attitude and behaviour with achievement points, postcards of praise, emails home and sanction those students who do not.
EQUIPMENT IS WITH YOU INCLUDING HOMEWORK, KIT AND INGREDIENTS SO YOU ARE READY TO LEARN
Students who bring the right equipment to school are setting themselves up to achieve. This is a skill that can be learned and during form time each Form Teacher will check that students have the basic equipment to help them learn throughout the day. You can help as parents and carers by ensuring your son or daughter has a suitable bag for school that can carry books up to A4 size and that this is packed every night, using their timetable and planner. A pencil case is also useful. Basic equipment can also be purchased every morning before school from the Student Support Centre.
PE Kit, ingredients for Food Technology lessons and homework are also part of school equipment and must be packed for school when necessary.
We will praise and rewards students who get this right all the time