News from Mr Ramsey

Behaviour Assemblies

On Monday and Tuesday I spoke to all pupils in assemblies about behaviour. I made it clear that good teaching, a well ordered environment, good behaviour and pupils following instructions results in safe and happy pupils who make good progress and succeed.

I also explained a change we have implemented in the Verulam Lesson with teachers insisting on a silent start and end to every lesson in Years 7 to 11.
This week has also seen the introduction of an Exclusion Room based in Brampton House. Pupils are removed to this room if they fail to follow instructions from staff. This is because debates or arguments with staff are highly disruptive to the learning of others. I am glad to say that only a very small number of pupils have been removed to the Exclusion Room this week and I hope that this will decline further as the term progresses.

Mr Dannie has also introduced a new canteen queuing system which has improved the lunchtime experience for all students. This will operate on a rota basis in order to guarantee fairness.

Deterring Vandalism

Last half term there were two occasions in which the main boys’ toilets were vandalised. In order to deter such behaviour and ensure the safety of all pupils, we will be installing narrow field CCTV which will record activity in front of the sinks and entrance. The camera will not capture images of the urinals or toilet stalls and the feed will only be viewed when necessary.

Walking to Games

From this term, the PE Department are escorting pupils both to and from the games field in order to ensure pupils are safe and speed up the process.

Request from the local police

Our local police officers have asked all parents to remind their sons/daughters to behave in a considerate and thoughtful manner this weekend in their communities during the bonfire night celebrations.

P A Ramsey Headmaster