Visitors often comment on the calm environment of the School which is something we are proud of. This environment is the result of the desire of students to learn and teachers to make that learning experience interesting and enjoyable.

The role of rewards and praise in recognising and promoting Heston Community School’s values is a key component of developing the potential of our students by giving them encouragement and praise; praise is a key component of good teaching and good staff/student relationships. Good behaviour is also best promoted and developed by drawing attention to and rewarding well behaved and hardworking students. Praise is used appropriately, sincerely and will be linked to tangible examples of a student’s strengths or effort.

Students’ hard work, good behaviour and demonstration of the School’s core values are recognised and celebrated by teachers in many different ways, including:

·         Verbal praise

·         Positive feedback

·         Positive letters

·         Merits

·         Assembly Trophy

Students effort and achievements are rewarded in Assembly on Friday. At Sol Christian Academy we will support those who are experiencing behavioural, emotional, social or other difficulties that might impede self-discipline and effective learning. Whilst we believe the most effective way of managing behaviour is to praise and reward good behaviour, there are occasions and circumstances when other support is required. Where students are having difficulty conforming to the expected standards of behaviour various strategies and systems may be employed to help them improve.

In the Learning Centre, some examples of strategies that teachers may deploy include:

  • challenging the student by reminding them of godly characters

  • moving a student to another seat

  • writing the students name on the board as a warning

  • putting a note in their Student Planner (FAO parents/carers and tutor)

  • phone call, email or letter home

  • recording the incident on the student’s file through SIMs

  • referring the incident to the Curriculum Leader (for subject issues) or the Supervisor (for pastoral issues)

Discipline is firm, fair and consistent. If further punishment is required, it usually consists of a detention, referral to a senior member of staff or a warning letter. Exclusions, either internal or when students are asked to stay away from school for a set time are also used for serious offences. On rare occasions, when a member of the Senior Leadership Team is involved, parents may be invited to the School to discuss particular issues.