Ofsted Outstanding

Achievement & Behaviour

In order to enable effective teaching and learning to take place, good behaviour in all aspects of school life is necessary. The school seeks to create a reflective, caring, learning environment underpinned by shared values expressed in the school’s ethos and values statement. The focus here at Newstead Wood is that every student deserves to have learning that is free of disruptions. While this is the norm at Newstead Wood, on the rare occasion that a student does not meet our high expectations, we want to ensure this is resolved with certainty, not severity – consistency is key to our response.


Newstead Wood School uses rewards as a strategy to inspire, enthuse and motivate students to fulfil their potential. Our aim is for all lessons to be reward led. The use of rewards should be used before sanctions in order to develop a positive ethos in the classroom and around the building.

Praise and rewards are linked to effort, willingness, co-operation, thoughtfulness, personal achievement etc. and are given when effort is:

· Above the standard for that group

· Above the standard for that student

· Consistently excellent.

All staff are able to use rewards such a verbal praise, telephone call/email/letter to parents and public celebration of success such as in briefings, the school newsletter and our social media.

Specific rewards for students include:

Achievement Points

 Achievement Points may be allocated by any member of staff for many reasons including;

· Excellent work in lessons

· Excellent attitude in lessons

· Excellent homework

· Enrichment contribution

· Citizenship - Act of kindness, Environmental impact etc

Achievement Points are reported home fortnightly in the pastoral report and can be seen and celebrated on the Arbor Parental app.

House Championship

Each year students in every year group compete in a range of competitions for the Newstead House Cup. These include a range of varied activities including Music, Sport, Poetry and Maths competitions and House quizzes. Achievement Points and Attendance are also included in this.

Behaviour Points

Although poor behaviour is rare, if it does occur, a stepped approach will be taken. This includes the use of positive behaviour management strategies and verbal warnings. If, despite these strategies, a student continues to choose inappropriate behaviour then a behaviour point is recorded which will result in a detention being issued.

In the event of a behaviour infringement (e.g. talking while the teacher is speaking, disruption, being out of their seat, causing disruption, not working), the student will be given a verbal warning which will be recorded on Arbor with details of the reason. If their behaviour is not corrected the student will then be issued a behaviour point. This will result in a 20 minute detention at lunchtime the next day.

All behaviour points will be recorded on Arbor by 4pm the same day with details of the reason for the behaviour point, and parents will be notified via Arbor.  Behaviour points will be given for:

  • Lateness.
  • Inappropriate uniform. 
  • Poor behaviour in lessons or incomplete work. 
  • Failure to meet the school’s expectations. 

A behaviour point can be given without a warning for:

  • graffiti to the table/classroom
  • chewing gum
  • incomplete homework
  • lack of vital equipment for the lesson (e.g. a textbook)
  • incorrect uniform without a valid reason (e.g. a parental note explaining why)

After school detentions will be given for consistent behaviour points or serious one-off incidents as decided by the relevant Head of Year.

 Our full Behaviour Policy can be found here.

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