Behaviour System

Prepared for Success 

At Dormston we firmly believe that all students are entitled to disruption free learning.  As such we operate a ‘Prepared for Success’ behaviour and learning system.  If required sanctions are given through a central school system and carefully monitored by the Behaviour and Welfare Team (BWT), Heads of House and Senior Leadership Team.

 The aims of Prepared for Success are: 

  1. To eliminate disruptive behaviour, so that there is a culture of achievement, ambition and learning everywhere in the school, and no learning time is wasted.
  2. To provide clarity for staff and students about acceptable behaviour and the consequences of misbehaviour.
  3. To encourage students to take responsibility for their own actions.
  4. To enable teachers to deliver engaging and creative lessons, experiment and take risks, without concern for behavioural consequences.

Whilst sanctioning poor behaviour the school will also work with students to reflect on their actions and put interventions in place to prevent reoffending. Reasonable adjustments are made to take into consideration students with specific needs.

Our ‘Prepared for Success’ behaviour system has three strands:

  1. Success in the lessons

After an initial warning a child will be removed from a lesson to our Refocus Room for 5 periods and a 1 hour detention.  Parents/Carers will be notified immediately if this is the case.

  1. Success around school and in the community

Behaviour that breaks our rules will result in detentions at lunchtime/after school.

  1. Serious incidents




Subject detentions may be issued for repeated lack of homework or equipment.  You will be notified of a subject detention via a sticker/note in the planner.  These detentions can take place at breaktime, lunchtime or after school.  We will always endeavour to give 24 hours notice for after school detentions. However, we do hope that you never see one of these notes/stickers in your child’s planner!

We expect the best from our students and poor behaviour is not tolerated. Should you have any concerns, please contact your child’s Form Tutor or Head of House immediately.  Often early intervention can nip a concern in the bud.  A copy of our Positive Behaviour Policy and anti-bullying policy can be found on the school website.

Please note:

By sending your child to Dormston School you are committing to abide by the rules and approach to education and welfare laid out in our Home School Agreement. This can be found in your child’s planner and on our website.  If you have any concerns regarding the schools, your child’s or your own commitment to this agreement please contact the school so that a meeting can take place to discuss the situation further.

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