Behaviour for learning

As a school we believe in providing a disciplined, safe and structured school environment.  

This will be based on a culture of high aspirations, high expectations and a firm approach to poor behaviour.  With learning and progress at the core we will not accept any disruptive or defiant behaviour that impacts on the capacity of our students to learn in a safe, stimulating and aspirational learning environment.

Clear Expectations
  • Our mission is to guide our students to become ‘Determined, Ambitious Learners’.
  • Cumberland Community School has clear expectations to ensure that everybody maximises their achievement and that effective teaching and learning takes place.
  • The Cumberland Community School behaviour policy and corridor checklist outlines how to keep our learning environment safe and make sure that all students can learn in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
  • Adhering to our uniform expectations reflects a pride in our school and arriving fully equipped displays a willingness to learn and achieve.
  • Our positive and negative referral system serves to reward attainment and effort, to motivate but also ensures negative behaviours are sanctioned fairly.
  • Our school has a firm commitment to ensuring achievement for all, by addressing all abusive, discriminatory, oppressive and bullying behaviour.
  • Students are able to earn reward points for different achievements.
Exclusion Arrangements
  • A student will be excluded from lessons or school when he/she has breached the school’s behaviour policy seriously or persistently. This is a serious sanction and will be considered in light of the conduct in question and by taking into account the school’s sanctions ladder. The school uses a behaviour improvement room, internal exclusions, alternative school based exclusion at FGCS and external exclusions.
  • When deciding whether to exclude a student, the headteacher considers the school’s responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010.
  • On excluding a student, the headteacher will notify parents of the period of the exclusion and the reasons for it.
  • In the case of fixed term external exclusions, the headteacher will also inform parents of their right to make representations about the exclusion to the governing body.
  • During the external exclusion, the student is expected to be at home and complete work, set on the DPR. Parents are required to attend a reintegration meeting following the external exclusion prior to the student's return to lessons