Information for parents: how we support our students’ behaviour at Stokesley School

Our motto ‘being the best we can be’ pervades everything we do at Stokesley School, and this is underpinned by our three core expectations that students will be ‘ready, respectful and ambitious’. We firmly believe that to be firm and clear in our expectations is kind: it enables our community to thrive and prepares the young people in our care for a future in which they may not get as much support and guidance, or as many second chances.

Guiding Principles

As a staff, we work with Pivotal Education to ensure our behaviour management is the best it can be; as a result, we subscribe to the five Pivotal pillars:

  1. Consistent, calm adult behaviour
  2. First attention to best conduct
  3. Relentless routines
  4. Scripted interventions
  5. Restorative follow up

Recognition Strategies

We want our behaviour policies to cater for the 95% of students who make positive behaviour choices the first time, every time. Therefore the most important part of our behaviour system is our positive recognition; we do this in the following ways:

  1. House points with accumulations linked to e-postcards. House points are awarded by:
  2. Going for Gold tutor group competition/Year based competition
  3. Hot Chocolate Friday with the Headteacher
  4. Phone calls, text messages and e-mails home as well as verbal praise
  5. School awards


In an ideal world, our sanctions would be irrelevant as students would always make positive choices about their behaviour; in reality, this is not always the case. For us, the most important thing is having a set of consequences that are clear, simple, consistently applied and fully supported by parents. We also have a full range of supportive intervention programmes aimed at breaking the cycle of poor behaviour not outlined in this document. Over the next few pages, you can see information about:

  • Our ‘step system’ for use in classrooms and around school
  • Other useful information about school rules


The Step System

We use a step system in the classroom which enables us to support students to make the right choices and avoid a ‘zero tolerance’ approach. The following is on all classroom walls and in the students’ planners:


Pre-step: You are encouraged to act positively and are reminded of the school’s expectations to always be ready, respectful and ambitious. You will be given take-up time and there is no reason why you should progress beyond this point.

Step 1: You are on a ‘step one’ because you have not listened to a reminder about the expectations of this classroom/this school or you have broken a school rule. You will receive one negative point and be given a private caution with potential further consequences explained.

Step 2: You are on a ‘step two’ as you have not made a positive choice in terms of your behaviour. You will be reminded of a time when your behaviour has been positive and asked to make those same choices now. This will be your last chance before a further consequence is applied. You will receive 2 negative points.

Step 3: You are on a ‘step three’ as you have not taken the opportunities given to change your behaviour. If this is during lesson time, you will work in another classroom within the department and a ‘phone call home’ will be made. Whether inside or outside of the classroom, you will receive 3 negative points.

Step 4: You have not responded to the behaviour interventions or there has been a one-off serious incident and therefore, a member of staff has been asked to remove you from the current situation. You will receive 4 negative points which results in immediate transfer to the internal exclusion (IE) room.

Restore and repair: For all steps and where practical, the member of staff involved will speak to you as soon as possible following an incident to ensure a fresh, positive start can be achieved next time. You are expected to engage with this conversation.

If a student accrues 5 or more negative points in a week they are place in IE for the following morning i.e. 9:20-13:10. If they behave to the expected standard, students in IE return to lessons for afternoon lessons. If a student is given a Step 4, they trigger an immediate transfer to the internal exclusion room and spend a full day in IE. Make the right choice.


Other useful information about school rules

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are not allowed in school. They should be switched off and placed inside school bags before entering the school. If a student uses his/her mobile phone during the school day, it will be immediately confiscated and the following will apply:

  • First offence: the student can collect his/her phone from reception at the end of the day
  • Second offence: parents will be contacted to collect the phone at the end of the week
  • Third offence: students will need to hand their phone in daily for a fixed period of time


Our uniform policy is on our website; students are expected to come to school in the correct uniform. If there are extenuating circumstances, parents should contact the school in advance to discuss these with the child’s tutor/Head of Year. Banned items such as inappropriate jewellery will be confiscated immediately and safely stored until parents can collect it.

Attendance and Truancy

We expect students’ attendance to be above 96% at all times; our policy regarding attendance and time off in term time can be viewed on our website. As an important life skill, we also expect our students to be punctual and therefore lateness to lessons and truancy attracts negative points as part of our sanctions system.


Stokesley School is a no smoking site. Any students caught smoking on site will be immediately transferred to our IE (Internal Exclusion) room. For repeat offenders, we will contact parents and consider interventions such as cessation courses, as well as additional sanctions such as supervised social time.


There is one whole school detention on a Tuesday evening after school. Students are given detentions for accruing 4 negative points a week in relation to inappropriate uniform, punctuality, equipment and unacceptable jewellery.

PolicyLast Updated
Information for ParentsJanuary 2020
Anti Bullying PolicyNovember 2018
Behaviour PolicyOctober 2019
Confiscation PolicyJuly 2019
Exclusion PolicyOctober 2019
Exclusion Statement and GuidanceJuly 2018
No Smoking PolicyMay 2018
School Uniform PolicyMay 2018
Use of Mobile Phone PolicyJuly 2019