At Hillcrest we operate a ‘Getting It Right Policy’ (GIR). This is a behaviour policy based upon:

  • Praise
  • Choice – ALL Students make choices which dictate their actions. These actions can then result in either positive or negative consequences

 

A key element of the GIR system is to motivate students to ASPIRE to be the very best they can in every area of school life.

Achievement through learning

Service to the community

Pride and determination

Individual responsibility

Respect, courtesy and consideration

Excellence and high expectations

 

As part of our commitment to promote British Values, it is the aim of the school to create a happy, successful school in which students are able to learn and develop to their full potential. They can therefore expect to be valued and respected as individuals, to be treated with fairness and understanding and to be encouraged and praised for effort. We welcome and encourage the involvement of parents and members of the community in school to enrich and improve education for all. Students must be prepared to follow the ‘Getting It Right’ policy.

Pupils’ conduct is excellent. Around the school and in lessons, pupils are courteous and confident. (Ofsted, July 2017)

Getting It Right procedures

At the start of every lesson students have a GIR point. The objective for each student is to keep their GIR point every lesson. This means students can win 5 GIR points every day if they keep their points in every lesson.

 

In order to keep their GIR point students must meet behaviour expectations; work to the best of their ability, arrive to lesson on time, bring the correct equipment, ensure any homework is handed in on time and completed to an appropriate standard. Students will lose their GIR point if they fail to meet one of these expectations in any given lesson.

 

If a student repeatedly fails to meet expectations in a lesson, despite numerous warnings, a C4 may be issued by the teacher and the student will be removed from the lesson to work in isolation for a fixed period of time during that day and receive a 60 minute ‘SLT Detention’ after school on a Friday.

 

Excellent attendance is important as students cannot earn GIR points if they are not in lessons. The more lessons they attend, the more opportunities they have to earn GIR points. If a student is absent from school for a day, they lose the chance to win 5 GIR points that day.

Getting It Right Rewards

Students must aim to keep an overall minimum of 94% GIR points by the end of the year.

During the year students can earn different levels of GIR certificates based on their level of progress:

GIR Gold Certificate is awarded when a student keeps 98%-100% of their GIR points.

GIR Silver Certificate is awarded when a student keeps 96-97% of their GIR points.

GIR Bronze Certificate is awarded when a student keeps 94-95% of their GIR points.

At the end of the year students who keep a minimum of 94% GIR points will receive a ‘Hillcrest Star’ badge and will be able to participate in specially organised GIR Rewards Event at the end of the year.

However, the school reserves the right to remove this entitlement to go on the GIR trip if a student receives more than 2 C4s during the year, if they have attendance below 90% or if they are late to school more than 15 times during the year.

GIR Bonus Points (Merits)

We have a GIR Bonus Points Scheme through which students gain recognition of their achievements in relation to their academic work. When a student gains ten bonus points in a subject area, a subject commendation will be awarded by the Head of Department. The Head teacher’s commendation is worth five bonus points and is awarded for exceptional achievement or effort.

Throughout their time at Hillcrest students can receive different levels of certificates based on the number of bonus points they receive. 25 bonus points are required for a bronze certificate, 50 for a silver certificate, 75 for a gold certificate, 100 for a platinum certificate, 125 for a diamond certificate and 150 for an emerald certificate.

Any student who receives more than 50 bonus points in a term will automatically be entered into a special prize draw at the end of the term.

Praise Postcards

These will be sent home to students to inform their parents / carers of an achievement in school in relation to their academic work, attitude, good manners or anything else that deserves praise.

Community Certificate

These will be awarded to students who make a contribution to the Hillcrest community. This might include being part of a sports team, after school club, taking part in an event or being a guide when we have visitors in school. We value the importance of representing the school in a variety of ways and feel that supporting the school and wider community is central to the personal development of our students.

Hillcrest Superstar Awards

This is the highest level of award we have at Hillcrest. A Hillcrest Superstar Award will be given to a student who at the end of the year has kept a minimum of 94% GIR points, earned 100 GIR bonus points (gold certificate) in one academic year and six community certificates during the year. Hillcrest Superstars will receive a special certificate and their names will be displayed on a ‘Roll of Honour’. They will also be rewarded with a special Head teacher tie – one which is of a different design to the school tie.

Detention system

The school operates an after school detention system. There are four different detentions in the system.

Homework Detention

Students who fail to complete a piece of homework will

receive a 30 minute ‘Homework Support detention’ on  Thursday. If a student fails to attend this detention they will receive a 60 minute detention.

Homework Improvement Detention

Students who complete a piece of homework but not to the expected standard or in-line with their level of ability, will receive a 30 minute ‘Homework Improvement Detention’ on Thursday to improve this piece of homework. If a student fails to attend this detention they will receive a 60 minute detention.

Behaviour / Lates Detention

This detention can be issued to students under the following circumstances:

  • Student arrives late to school three times and then every third consecutive late
  • Student arrives late to a particular lesson three times
  • Student receives a C3 for repeatedly failing to behave appropriately in a lesson

These detentions will take place on either a Tuesday or Wednesday each week. If a student fails to attend this detention will receive a 60 minute detention.

 

SLT Detention

This 60 minute detention can be issued under the following circumstances:

  • Student fails to attend 60 minute homework or behaviour/lates detention;
  • Student receives a C4 for their behaviour in lessons or around school;
  • Student is late for school ten times and every consecutive tenth late;
  • Student receives an ‘SLT Consequence’ for inappropriate behaviour in the school community;
  • Student truants from school, lesson, form period or daily registration;
  • Student has mobile phone visible in school and/or refuses to hand over phone to a member of staff.

These detentions will take place after school on a Friday. If a student fails to attend they will be internally isolated as a result of their failure to meet expectations.

Attendance

Students must be in their form room no later than 8.45 each morning. The minimum attendance threshold for attendance is 95%. Students with attendance below 90% will fall into the ‘Persistent Absentee’ category and their attendance will be monitored closely by our Educational Welfare Officer.

Punctuality

Arriving to school on time each day is key to students making their expected progress. Students will receive a 30 minute detention every third time they are late throughout the year. If a student is late to school ten times they will receive a 60 minute SLT detention.  This will be repeated every tenth time they are late to school throughout the year.

If a student is late more than 15 times parents / carers will be invited into school to discuss this matter with our Educational Entitlement Officer. If the student continues to be late for school, parents / carers will be invited to attend a ‘Governors Attendance Panel’ meeting.

If a student arrives at school after 9.15am they will be marked with the letter U on the register which means they will effectively be marked absent for the whole morning session. This will then count against their attendance figure.

 

Mobile Phones

Students are not allowed to have a mobile phone visible in school at any time of the school day (8.40-3.20). If a student is seen with a mobile phone, they will receive a C4 SLT detention but will not be sent to room 35 if they give their mobile phone to the member of staff. Parents/carers will be required to collect the phone from main reception at the earliest convenient opportunity.

If a student refuses to give their mobile phone to the member of staff, they will be issued with a C4 (SLT detention) and sent to room 35. The student will then be required to give their mobile phone to the member of staff in room 35. If the student fails to do so, they will be issued with either an internal or external exclusion based on the nature and frequency of such incidents. Additionally, the phone will be confiscated and kept safely in main reception for three days. The student will only be allowed to have their phone back once their parent/carer has collected it from school.