Good behaviour is a prerequisite of good teaching and learning and a safe and secure environment. Students at George Abbot are expected to display high standards of behaviour and take increasing responsibility for self-discipline.
High standards of behaviour are expected across every facet of school life and are maintained through a combination of:
- clear expectations of staff, students and parents as expressed in the home-school agreement;
- clear, consistent and fairly applied consequences for misdemeanour;
- reinforcement of expectations in assemblies and Tutor periods;
- promotion of respect, courtesy and kindness in all aspects of school life and especially in PSE / assemblies;
- provision of courses that are stimulating, challenging, well prepared and appropriate to all;
- the school Pastoral System involving Form Tutors, Heads of Year and Senior Pastoral staff;
- close communication and involvement with parents;
- periodic INSET for teaching and support staff; and
- fostering a positive attitude towards school through praise and rewards and attention to the individual progress of each student.
Staff at George Abbot are committed to ensuring that students are praised for good progress and effort in their studies, and credits and commendations are given. The reward system reinforces positive behaviour as the ability to learn is not fixed but can change with effort.
Students’ work is often on display in the entrance foyers as well as in department areas. The school acknowledges commitment to, and achievement in, extra-curricular activities by the awarding of school ‘colours’, Honours Certificates and Honours Ties.
There are separate prize giving ceremonies for each year group which celebrates the success of students during the previous academic year. The popular 6th Form graduation ceremony takes place off site at Trinity Church and G-Live prior to students heading to their Higher Education destinations.
Rules governing the behaviour expected of students are contained in the school Code of Conduct, which is printed in the student’s homework diary. Students can expect to be sanctioned in line with school's published Sanctions Chart, which is used as guidance for staff, when students do not conform to expectations.
It is recognised that a small minority of students may experience difficulty in maintaining the standard of behaviour expected of them. In such circumstances the Head of Year will work closely with the school Social Inclusion Co-ordinator, SENCo, outside agencies, Senior Management and parents to provide the support and discipline necessary for the student to succeed. This will usually take the form of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a Pastoral Support Programme (PSP), drawn up and monitored according to Surrey County guidelines.
Whilst the school actively supports the policy of ‘inclusion’ no student will be allowed to consistently and deliberately disrupt the education of others.