Dear parents and carers,

We are writing to you to inform you of some changes we are making to the behaviour system at Churchill Community College for January 2019.

At Churchill Community College we have high expectations and believe in developing positive relationships with our students based on mutual respect. We aim to greet students at the door and use the consistent language of ‘Ready, Respectful and Safe’ to ensure that students are absolutely clear about the behaviour we expect to see. Our students are encouraged to be kind and caring and think about others needs in addition to their own.

You will have received a copy of ‘The Churchill Way’ in September which outlined our expectations of ‘Ready, Respectful and Safe’ in college and explained how we reward our students when they get it right and also sanction students when they make poor choices. Rewarding students is fundamental to the ethos at Churchill Community College. We take every opportunity to publicly praise and reward our students both inside and outside of lessons, helping us to build those positive relationships and motivating students to be outstanding Churchill citizens.

Maximising learning time in lessons is essential for our students to be successful. When a student moves through our behaviour system to a S3, this means that there has been significant disruption to the student’s learning and also to the learning of others. From January, students who receive an S3 will go to the Churchill Learning Centre (CLC) where they can focus and will work quietly for a full college day, the equivalent of 6 lessons, including until 4.00pm. Remember a student will only receive an S3 after two warnings from the member of staff, an S1 and S2: so there will be ample opportunity to adapt their behaviour before receiving an S3.

You will be informed of this in the first instance by text. The member of staff who issued the S3 will then visit the CLC to have a restorative conversation with the student where they will explore the issue that arose and seek solutions. It is important to focus on past successes and future potential to enable our students to move forward in a positive way the next lesson, the member of staff will contact you within 24 hours to let you know how the situation has been resolved.

Some of our students will need more bespoke support to ensure they are successful in college, these students may be referred straight to our Churchill Inclusion Centre (CIC) if they require more specialist help and intervention. Students will also work in this area if they struggle to focus in the CLC, in this instance students will always be required to complete their full college day in the CLC to prepare them for returning for lessons.

We believe these changes will have a positive impact on behaviour for learning and achievement across college.

We appreciate that you may like to discuss the changes further with us and we would like to invite you to a coffee morning from 9.30am – 10.30am on Thurs 13th Dec where senior staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.

All parents and carers are invited to a coffee morning on Thurs 13th Dec from 9.30 – 10.30 am at Churchill to discuss the changes to the behaviour system which comes into place in January 2019.

Yours faithfully,

Jill Huxtable                           Marie Jobson                         Lynn Welsh
Head of School                     Head of Guidance                  Acting Assistant Headteacher