Atherton High School believes for effective teaching and learning to take place, good behaviour in all aspects of school life is necessary.  We seek to create a caring and learning environment in the school by:

  • Promoting good behaviour and discipline.
  • Promoting self-esteem, self-discipline, proper regard for authority and positive relationships based on mutual respect.
  • Ensure fair treatment for all pupils and staff.
  • Encouraging consistency of response to both positive and negative behaviour.
  • Promoting early intervention.
  • Providing a safe environment free from disruption, violence, bullying and any form of harassment.
  • Encouraging a positive relationship with parents and carers to develop a shared approach to involve them in the implementation of the school’s policy and associated procedures.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Governing Body will establish, in consultation with the headteacher, staff and parents, the policy for the promotion of good behaviour and keep it under review.  It will ensure that it is communicated to pupils and parents, is non-discriminatory and the expectations are clear.  Governors will support the school in maintaining high standards of behaviour.

The Headteacher will be responsible for the implementation and day-to-day management of the policies and procedures.  Support for staff faced with challenging behaviour is also an important responsibility for the Headteacher.

Staff – including teachers, support staff and volunteers, will be responsible for ensuring that the policy and procedures are followed consistently and fairly applied.  Mutual support amongst all staff in the implementation of the policy is essential.  Staff have a key role in advising the headteacher on the effectiveness of the policies and procedures.  They also have responsibility, with the support of the Headteacher, for creating a high quality learning environment and teaching good behaviour.

Parents and carers have responsibility for the behaviour of their child both inside and outside the school.  They will be encouraged to work in partnership with the school to assist the school in maintaining high standards of behaviour and will have the opportunity to raise with the school any issues arising from the operation of the policy.

Pupils and parents/carers will be made fully aware of the school policy, procedure and expectations and will be expected to conform to them.  Pupils will respect the authority of staff.  Pupils also have a responsibility to ensure that incidents of disruption, violence, bullying and any form of harassment are reported.

Procedures and Communication

The procedures arising from this policy will be developed by the Headteacher in consultation with staff. The procedures will make clear to the pupils how acceptable standards of behaviour can be achieved and will have a clear rationale which is made explicit to staff, pupils and parents in the code of conduct.  The procedures will be consistently and fairly applied to promote our value of personal responsibility, as every member of the school has a responsibility towards the whole community.


The school value of ambition is central to the promotion of good behaviour.  Rewards have a motivational role in helping pupils to realise that good behaviour is valued and supports academic achievement.

Positive and negative reward points are recorded on our ClassCharts system daily (AccessingClassCharts).

The reward points are reviewed each half term and special rewards are given to pupils by subject departments, Form Tutors, Heads of Year and the Headteacher for exceptional effort, progress and achievement.

What is the Law of EVE?

Everyone values expectations; we pride ourselves by having high standards and expectations which means if it is not good enough for our own children then it is not good enough for our pupils.

  • Law 1- We have strong starts and strong finishes to lessons
  • Law 2- We are always punctual and equipped
  • Law 3- We all expect the best from each other
  • Law 4- We look after our environment, everyone’s responsible
  • Law 5- We use respectful language always

Any Law break will result in a behaviour point and further law breaks may result in a detention.

Classroom Language

This language is used throughout school and during lessons.

3,2,1 will be followed by one of the following…

One Voice, whoever is speaking, whether that be a member of staff or student, the expectation is that this is the only that voice that should be heard.

All eyes on me will be used when the member of staff wants the classes’ full attention.

Act now will be used when an instruction is issued and students are expected to begin the piece of work or act upon the instruction.

Ready to learn will be used as a reminder if it is felt that a task or activity is not being given the due attention by a student or group of students.