The pupils are asked to stand up when a teacher enters the room and to address staff by the titles of ‘Miss’ and ‘Sir’. These are common courtesies which the pupils accept. For minor misdemeanours, such as talking ‘when in line’, pupils would lose minutes off their ‘Golden Time’ (the final lesson of the week when pupils can take part in their own choice of activity).
Warnings are given for repeated activities (e.g. not having their homework diary signed or for not handing in their homework). A gamma (loss of 3 House Points) would usually constitute some form of anti-social behaviour. Daily Reports, when pupils are graded for every lesson and activity, are also given, but very rarely.
The pupils are fully aware of these sanctions as they are part of the ‘Behaviour Management System’.
BCPS believes that a school can function on the basis of mutual respect. For example, staff opening doors for pupils will probably mean that the pupils will reciprocate.
The pupils realise that they are members of the school community where everyone has a role to play.
As the report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate states: ‘The pupils’ moral awareness is very strong. They are friendly, tolerant and confident individuals who have a clear perception of what is right and wrong and understand and respect the system for reward and sanction’.