St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey

St Mary's Catholic College
A Voluntary Aided Academy

Behaviour Policy

You can download a full copy of our Behaviour Policy Here


This is a statement of policy for St Mary's Catholic College. It provides guidelines for the standards of behaviour expected in the College and for the procedures adopted by the College and its governors when students behave in ways that fall short of these expected standards. This policy attempts to ensure that all behaviour is consistent with the College's Mission Statement: ‘To Love and Serve Christ Within Us All’. 

We are dedicated to ensuring that our College environment supports learning and the wellbeing of students and staff through a strong sense of Christian community cohesion. Cooperation, support, and respect are the foundations of our Christian community and we work hard to provide a safe College where students feel included in every aspect of College life and comfortable to voice their opinions. 

This policy outlines what we expect from all our students in terms of their behaviour, and the sanctions that will be enforced if this policy is not adhered to. Good behaviour and self-discipline have strong links to effective learning, and are vital for students to carry with them both during and after their College years. 


The purpose of this policy is to produce a working document which reflects the current needs of the College. The policy is intended to build upon previous practice and has been the result of review, evaluation and consultation within the forum of a working party.


St. Mary’s Catholic College believes that all students should be aware of the standards of behaviour that are expected of them and take responsibility for promoting these standards. We hope that by encouraging positive behaviour patterns we can promote good relationships throughout the College built on mutual respect, trust and understanding, and that through the use of this policy we can support all of our students in developing a high level of social awareness. Our aim is to ensure that all our students leave the College with the key skills they need to continue to progress to the best of their ability in all areas of life. 4 

The policy aims to put strategies in place which help develop a positive culture of praise and reward within the College, where students feel empowered and are able to successfully manage their own behaviour.


The rationale behind the policy is that behaviour is a choice: students learn that positive and negative behaviour leads to positive and negative consequences respectively. 

Equally important is that the policy is rooted in respect - where staff speak and act courteously to students and so educate students to show similar respect towards staff and each other. 

It is important that all stakeholders, that is, staff, students and parents understand that when a student behaves unacceptably, it is the behaviour that is seen as unacceptable, not the child. 

The policy aims to instill a sense of ‘ownership’ and responsibility for behaviour from all: staff, students and parents; the College aims to communicate and work with parents in order that parents may have a true picture of their child’s behaviour so that they can contribute to their success as much as possible. 

It is important that staff understand the importance of using a wide range of preventative and intervention strategies when dealing with behaviour. It is important to remember that teaching and learning go hand in hand with behaviour, and that it is often the well planned, correctly pitched, and engaging lessons which promote positive behaviour which enables and encourages positive attitudes to learning. 

At St Mary’s Catholic College, we aim to keep parents and carers as informed and up to date as possible with regards to their child’s behaviour. We recognise that working in partnership with parents and carers can facilitate improvements in behaviour. Relevant personnel will communicate with parents and carers at every point. 

Our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of young people is of paramount importance and we believe that safer students make more successful learners. 

Praise & Rewards

It is very important to recognise effort, hard work and success. Our rewards system at St Mary’s is called ‘Vivo’ and ensures all students have the opportunity to have their efforts and achievements recognised and rewarded. Vivos will be awarded by all staff for various reasons, including (but not limited to): recognition of good effort within the classroom, positive contributions, excellent homework, acts of kindness etc. In addition Vivos will be awarded every week for 100% attendance. Vivo totals will be highlighted in assemblies and Newsletters. Vivos are added to individual student accounts via the electronic system. These points can then be ‘traded in‘ by students for a prize, or ‘saved up’ for a rewards of greater value. Prizes ordered will be sent to the College by the Vivo company and distributed by Heads of Year. Vivo points can also be used for money off vouchers towards the Year 11 celebration and Year 13 prom. 

Rewards Assemblies

To celebrate success and reward achievement, students will attend a termly Rewards Assembly. This is an important highlight for both students and their teachers. Certificates and prizes are awarded for attendance, punctuality, citizenship and achievement in individual subjects. There are also special Form Tutor awards and Heads of Year awards. 

We also encourage the recognition of sustained achievement and effort by individual students through the presentation of a range of awards at the annual Presentation Evening, where achievements are celebrated in a public forum with parents, staff, governors and a well known guest speaker.

For consistency across the classroom, referral summary and behaviour descriptions, please download the full version of our policy.


St. Mary's Catholic College wants to make sure that all students feel safe and accepted into our College community. Our ethos is one of exclusion and equality; bullying of any kind is regarded as a serious breach of our behaviour policy and will not be tolerated. 

Bullying can take various forms including verbal, non-verbal, physical, visual, cyberbullying, written and the use of inappropriate language; these can be directed at both staff and students. The College practises a preventative strategy to reduce the chances of bullying, and our anti-bullying policy is instilled in our curriculum and everything we do at the College. It is made very clear to students what is expected of them in terms of respecting their peers, members of the public, and staff, and any intentional breach of this will result in disciplinary action. 

We identify the following types of behaviour, persistently aimed at one individual, as bullying: 

If an allegation of bullying does arise, the College will: 

The procedures for referring a bullying incident are outlined on the next page.  - These can be viewed in the full policy available at the top of this page.

Appendix 1 

Homework Strategies 

Please check your department’s homework policy as per Departmental Handbook. 

Some strategies that can help you to manage the prompt completion and handing in of homework. 

Appendix 2 

Level 2 - Referral to Head of Department 

  1. A student should be sent to HOD in the first instance if he/she is causing persistent disruption which prevents the learning of others (this is a Level 2 referral). 
  2. A student should only be removed if the class teacher has used appropriate strategies to stop the inappropriate behaviour. 
  3. The student should be sent by the class teacher with a pass, and the HOD notified of the removal by way of note. For safeguarding reasons, student should be escorted by a TA or another student. 
  4. Should the removed student fail to arrive, HOD should contact SLT on emergency call. 
  5. Should SLT find the student, the student will be placed with HOD. Refusal to co-operate with SLT will result in a Level 3 referral and placement in the Exclusion Centre. 

Responsibility for dealing with the students lies with the HOD, not SLT. 

All members of each department need to know where the HOD is at all times. The HOD should be available to accommodate the removal of students. 

In the case of large departments where there is/are a TLR Postholder(s) in Department, if the HOD is unavailable for a particular reason, departmental staff should be notified and arrangements made for removal to the TLR Postholder(s) in Department.

Appendix 3 

Contacting Parents

Level 1 concerns by phone or planner 

Level 2 concerns by phone, planner, letter or meeting 

Level 3 concerns by phone, letter or meeting 

At level 2 and 3 the Line Manager should be informed for overview purposes if not already involved. 

All letters must be quality assured in line with College protocol. 

Parental meetings 

These should only be held in liaison with HOD, HOY and SLT line manager. 

It is important that HODs, HOYs and SLT try and involve the member of staff who initiated the referral whenever possible. 

Letter home procedure can be viewed in the full version of the policy available at the top of this page.

Examples of Department Monitoring Forms, Behaviour Improvement Plans can be viewed in the downloadable version of this document.

SLT Emergency

The procedure for this policy can be viewed in the downloadable version of this document.

The HOD must be aware of the callout and ideally make the call when possible. 

For example: 

The HOD should contact Emergency on-call when possible (if, for example, a fight takes place in a classroom then the subject teacher would make the call, informing HOD when possible) and must give specific details of the request for SLT assistance. A senior colleague will attend to the request as soon as s/he is available. 

Appendix 7 

Internal Exclusion Centre 

The decision and authorisation to place students in the internal Exclusion Centre lies with the Deputy Headteacher. 

Once placed in the Internal Exclusion Centre, students remain in the Centre until a decision is made on the sanction for the incident. This may be further day(s) in the Internal Exclusion Centre or a Fixed Term Exclusion. 


  1. In an emergency students should be taken to the Exclusion Centre by the SLT on call. 
  2. Following a Level 3 incident a Level 3 referral (pink form) MUST be completed by the appropriate HOD/HOY and passed to the SLT Line Manager as a matter of urgency. 
  3. The incident is then discussed with the SLT Line Manager and Deputy Headteacher before a decision is made on the sanction. 
  4. A summary is produced which must include the reason for the placement in the Exclusion Centre and the length of stay. 
  5. The incident should be discussed with Assistant Headteacher KS 3, 4 or 5 so that they are aware of all referrals (inc those from other Assistant Headteachers). 
  6. When the Exclusion Centre sanction is ‘planned’ in advance as a sanction the HOY/HOD may be asked by Assistant Headteacher to contact parents 
  7. Admin staff complete the standard letter to parents informing of the sanction. The letter is signed by Assistant Headteacher KS3, 4 or 5 as appropriate. 
  8. A copy of the letter is given to the HOY, P&A Coach and HOD for information. The incident is recorded on Exclusion Centre log by Exclusion Centre Manager. Parents may be invited in for a meeting if appropriate 

Holding Students for investigation – Students can be held in the Exclusion Centre whilst an investigation into an incident takes place. Whilst it is essential for this to take place quickly, it is imperative for it be thorough. Holding and investigation can be used to avoid the period in the Exclusion Centre becoming a sanction. 

Appendix 8 


Fixed term Exclusion 

Exclusion is at the discretion of the College Headteacher only. 

Parents are contacted within 24 hours of the Headteacher’s decision to exclude by telephone and by registered letter. 

St Mary’s Catholic College follow the DFE guidelines on exclusions. 

A post exclusion meeting with the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher, the parent and the student must take place before the student returns to mainstream lessons. HOY and/ or P&A Coach to attend this meeting at the discretion of the Headteacher. 

Permanent Exclusion 

The decision to exclude a child permanently is a serious one. It will usually be the final step in a process for dealing with disciplinary offences following a wide range of other strategies, which have been tried without success. It is an acknowledgement by the College that it has exhausted all available strategies for dealing with the child and should normally be used as a last resort. 

There will, however, be exceptional circumstances where, in the Headteacher’s judgement, it is appropriate to permanently exclude a child for a first  ‘one-off’ offence. 

Appendix 9 

Reporting and recording incidents 

All incidents and statements must be completed on the appropriate forms including signature and date

Level 3: Responsibility for action - SLT 

A pink Level 3 form is to be completed by the member of staff reporting 

Ie. HOD or HOY. (sample at Appendix 10. 

The incident should first be discussed with HOD /HOY prior to SLT referral. 

The HOD /HOY should discuss the issue with the SLT line manager (exceptional cases may require immediate referral to Deputy Headteacher). 

If a Witness Statement is requested by the Deputy Headteacher or Assistant Headteacher, the standard Yellow Witness Statement form must be used and signed by the student writing the statement and the member of staff witnessing the statement. (sample at Appendix 10). 

The Assistant Headteacher must discuss the incident with their Deputy Headteacher line manager before a decision on an Exclusion Centre sanction is made. The Deputy Headteacher will complete the remainder of the form with the reason for and length of sanction and place in the office for logging and letter completion by office staff. A summary incident report may be completed by the Assistant Headteacher and attached to the Pink if a number of incidents result in the referral. 

Example copies of sample incident forms and yellow witness statement forms are available in the downloadable version of this document.