Ashton on Mersey School aims to provide a stimulating environment that maximises the individual potential and varied abilities and attitudes to learning of our pupils. We aim to provide a broad, balanced, relevant and challenging curriculum. We aim to provide a happy, healthy and safe school taking care to balance the needs of all members of the school community and securing inclusive education for all our pupils.
The School has an excellent behaviour record and expects and sets the very highest standards from all its pupils. On the few occasions where poor behaviour is witnessed the School works quickly with a range of stakeholders to address the issue, ensure any consequences and sanctions are appropriate/fair and works to get the child back into lessons as quickly as possible.
In any circumstances where it becomes necessary to take disciplinary action we follow our behaviour policy for guidance. As part of our disciplinary sanctions there is on occasion a need to employ fixed term exclusion.
Exclusions would normally be used:
- For a major first offence, such as serious actual or threatened violence, abuse or assault, supplying banned substances e.g. cigarettes or carrying an offensive weapon.
- Where allowing a pupil to remain in school would be seriously detrimental to the education of other pupils, to the welfare of other pupils, staff or the pupil him/herself.
- More usually it follows a series of breaches of the school’s rules and after a range of strategies to resolve the pupils disciplinary problems have been tried and have failed.
- When behaviour of pupils outside school is such that it can be considered as grounds for exclusion and compromises the expectations and standards set.
The number of days given for the Fixed Term Exclusion is dependent upon the nature of the offence and whether the student concerned has incurred previous exclusions or other sanctions.
A phone call is made as soon as possible to discuss the situation with parents/carers and this is followed by a letter detailing the reason for the exclusion and the length of the exclusion. Work will be made available for the parents/carers to collect on behalf of the pupil. Pupils are asked to attend a readmittance meeting with parents/carers on their return to school.
In more extreme cases the school may issue a permanent exclusion. We follow statutory guidance which sets out reasons why it would normally be inappropriate to reinstate a pupil. These are:
- Serious actual or threatened violence against another pupil or member of staff
- Sexual abuse or assault
- Supplying illegal drugs
- Persistent and malicious disruptive behaviour, including open defiance or refusal to conform to school rules
When a decision has been made to permanently exclude a pupil a letter will be sent to parents/carers that will explain the reasons for a permanent exclusion. Again the school will provide work for the pupil but upon the 6th day the pupil becomes the responsibility of the Local Authority and they will ensure appropriate education is provided.