The Aim of the Rules at Queensmead
School is to create and sustain an environment where all
potential as individuals
the values of the school
for their actions
The five essentials of Good Behaviour
are that every student is required to :
||behave with courtesy
teachers' instructions at the first time of asking
||preserve a pleasant
||be punctual and
properly prepared for lessons
||wear the correct
By following these principles
it will help all students meet the requirements of the
Every Child Matters Agenda.
Behaviour for Learning Policy
The purpose of our Behaviour for Learning Policy is to ensure that all members of our community have knowledge of the Behaviour for Learning system and Behaviour Code and follow it to bring about consistency of practice throughout the school. It also ensures that all students understand what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and that every student understands their choices and the consequences of these decisions and further the rewards that help make the Policy effective. To read the full behaviour for Learning Policy please click here.
The following is a summary of
the Governing Bodys policy in respect to charging
for school activities. Education at Queensmead which takes
place wholly or mainly during school hours will be free
of charge except in the following cases :
The Governing Bodys full
Charging Policy is available for consultation at the school.
It should be noted that parents continue to make contributions
on a voluntary basis for a number of school activities,
including aspects of the curriculum which could not otherwise
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aim is to promote self-discipline in an atmosphere of
mutual respect and tolerance.
We accord most importance to students'
good efforts and these are specifically recognized by
an Award System. In all year groups certificates are presented
to those students who achieve one hundred per cent attendance
in a term.
It is the school's policy to take
every opportunity to celebrate students' successes achieved
in whatever field. This will regularly take place in assemblies
but also in other contexts. Examination Certificates and Diplomas are presented
publicly by invited guests, often chosen to act as positive
role models for our students.
Where an individual student's
unacceptable behavior necessitates a disciplinary response,
our aims in dealing with that student are several. On
the one hand we seek to ensure that there is no disruption
to the education of the majority or that the safety of
the school community is put at risk. On the other hand
we take steps with the individual to prevent the recurrence
of unacceptable behaviour and, where necessary, to punish.
In the case of more serious forms
of misbehaviour we attach the greatest importance to a
thorough investigation of all of the circumstances. Our
belief is that the process of being found out is at least
as important in preventing a student from continuing to
behave badly as the punishment which will follow, although
that is important too. In such cases we will always involve
parents from an early stage. Our aim is to try to work
closely with parents, upon whose support the success of
our measures will largely depend.
Even in the case of the tiny minority
of our students who do find themselves at some point in
their career in serious trouble, the aim at Queensmead
is to offer such students opportunities, over time, to
rehabilitate themselves into the mainstream school community. It is made
clear to the student that the onus lies with him or her
to provide the school with clear evidence of an improved
The sanctions which are employed
at Queensmead are the following :
of up to fifty minutes
||individual, or occasionally, group written assignments
It is the responsibility of students to inform parents of longer detentions. Detentions will be recorded in the student's Work Planner and Diary. which needs to be countersigned by the parent.
Utilising the Student "On Report" System
The student's progress is closely
checked and commented on lesson by lesson, usually for
a period of up to a fortnight.
Homework is included in this monitoring
of progress and usually parents are invited to countersign
each day's reports and play their part in ensuring that
homework is adequately done.
The system is administered by
the Head of Year who may occasionally feel the need to
remove a student from class for individual supervision
either in certain subjects or across the entire timetable.
Where poor attendance or lateness
for school is a problem the student may similarly be placed
on an attendance or punctuality report or given a longer
detention of fifty minutes. This is a serious
sanction which is used rarely and mainly in instances
where other sanctions have failed to bring about improvement.
Parents of students given a longer detention will be informed
via a letter.
In cases of extreme indiscipline,
the ultimate sanction is exclusion from school. Initially
this is likely to be for a period of a few days. A second
serious breach of discipline is likely to lead to the
student being excluded and, together with his/her parents,
being required to make an appearance before the Discipline
Committee of the Governing Body who will meet to review
the student's future at the school. This ultimate sanction
is used only when all other disciplinary measures are
deemed to have failed.
Queensmead School has a clear
policy for dealing with any instances of bullying which
are identified although these are rare. The objectives
of the policy are :
||to enable all
members of the school community to understand what constitutes
||to sustain the
awareness of the school community to the Discipline Policy of which
|| bullying is an important element
||to increase the
sensitivity of the school community to incidents of bullying
||to enable students
to understand that bullying, of any kind, will not be tolerated
|| by any other member of the school community
||to enable every
member of the school community to feel confident that bullying
|| will be firmly dealt with in school
||to sustain a
non-violent ethos in the school
Parents who wish to read the full
policy on this issue may do so upon application to the
As part of our Attendance Policy, we are required to inform you of the following:
EXCEPTIONAL LEAVE during term time
Taking holidays in term time will affect your child’s schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents to help us by not taking children away in school time.
Remember that any savings you may make by taking a holiday in school time are offset by the cost to your child’s education.
There is no automatic entitlement in law to time off in school time to go on holiday.
It is widely known that the link between a student’s attendance and attainment is irrefutable,
Early poor attendance habits follow through into secondary school and employment.
Graduates earn an average of £15.01p.h. Young people that leave school with no qualifications earn an average of £7.44p.h.
All Hillingdon schools are encouraged to adopt a policy of not authorising exceptional leave. Exceptional cases remain in the personal gift of the Principal to authorise (max 10 days only).
The Principal will correspond with every family applying for exceptional leave to stress the importance of good school attendance habits and links between attendance and attainment.
Exceptional leave will always be refused between Years 9 and 11.
Exceptional leave will always be refused when a child’s attendance is less than 95% (Primary) and 92.4% (Secondary).
Exceptional leave should always be refused when school is aware of any truancy.
Exceptional leave should always be refused when requests are regular (annual) or patterns become identifiable.
Reasons for Exceptional leave should be logged on the student’s record and shared as part of the transfer/transition process. The Education Welfare Service can issue Fixed penalty Notices for any unauthorised absence.
Equality Policy and Equalities Plan
The Governing Body of the Queensmead Schools is committed to promoting equality and diversity, providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all. Below is the school’s Equalities policy and our Equalities Plan.