Behaviour for learning

Behaviour and attitudes to learning at Belle Vue Girls’ Academy are excellent. We have clear systems and process in place to ensure the highest standards are consistently met by our students.

Code of Conduct

BVGA pupils are expected to:

  • Strive to have excellent attendance and be punctual and well equipped so that the lesson can start on time and run smoothly.
  • Co-operate with teachers, listen and follow instructions so that the learning of the whole class is not affected.
  • Be well organised with planners up-to-date, homework recorded, completed and handed in on time so that learning can continue without time being lost.
  • Work hard to complete all tasks to a high standard.
  • Move around the academy in a calm, quiet and considerate manner.
  • Treat the academy buildings and property with respect.
  • Be polite and show respect to fellow pupils.
  • Wear the correct uniform at all times
  • Know and then follow, without question, the procedures laid down in the event of a fire or other emergency.
  • Uphold the good name of the academy as we move around in our local community.
  • Accept sanctions when given.

Attitudes to Learning

As well as conducting themselves in an orderly fashion, pupils are expected to show an outstanding attitude towards their learning. Pupil’s attitudes to learning will be graded by their teachers twice a year and this will be reported to parents. The criteria for this assessment are as follows:

  1. Outstanding:
  • I do everything I need to be good, plus:
  • I take ownership of my learning within and beyond the lesson
  • I enjoy the challenge of learning
  • I develop my answers and explain my thinking
  • I model pro-active learning to the class
  • I support the learning of others
  • I never give up.
  1. Good:
  • I arrive on time and with all the correct equipment
  • I am on task throughout the whole lesson, completing all work well
  • I listen carefully and I am always ready to answer questions
  • I act on feedback to improve my work
  • I present my work with pride
  • I can work independently.
  1. Requires Improvement:
  • My attitude to learning is not yet good.
  1. Serious Concerns:
  • My attitude to learning is having a negative effect on the learning and progress of myself and others.

Rewards & Sanctions

In relation to the Code of Conduct and Attitude to Learning Criteria, pupils who behave well and bring credit to themselves, their families and the academy will be recognised and rewarded. Those who break the code of conduct will be sanctioned appropriately.

Positive behaviour will be recognised with:

  • Regular praise
  • Recognition for exceptional work through the use of ‘stamps’ in planners
  • Letters or phone calls home to parents
  • Positive attitude to learning grades reported to parents
  • Presentation of certificate to recognise exceptional work in assemblies
  • Special responsibilities/privileges
  • Invitations to attend annual reward trips and activities

Misbehaviour will be sanctioned with:

  • Recording behaviour ‘codes’ in pupil planners for misbehaviour as follows:
    • L code – issued to pupils who are late to lessons
    • E code – issued to pupils who do not have the required equipment
    • B code – issued to pupils who to not follow to code of conduct and attitude to learning criteria in class. (After first receiving a verbal warning)
    • C code – issued to pupils for out of class misbehaviour (corridors, social times)
  • A verbal reprimand
  • School detentions (break / lunch or after school as directed)
  • Expecting work to be completed at home, or at break or lunchtime
  • Letters or phone calls home to parents
  • The use of senior leadership behaviour contracts for persistent misbehaviour.

Serious Misbehaviour will be sanctioned with:

  • A period of isolation. Pupils are expected to complete the same work as they would in class whilst in isolation rooms where appropriate. Pupils who do not attend a given detention are also sent to the isolation room.
  • Direct placement onto senior leadership behaviour contracts
  • A period of isolation in another school, arranged through the Central Bradford Behaviour and Attendance Collaborative
  • Behaviour panel meeting (parents, pupils, senior/middle leadership representative)
  • A period of fixed-term exclusion
  • Permanent exclusion