Discipline Policy

The emphasis at the Deens Pre-University College is on positive behaviour management and we
recognize that encouragement and praise have the greatest impact on behaviour. Yet, we believe that it
is also important to have a range of sanctions to apply, when the need arises. This is vital if we are to
educate our students as far as appropriate behaviour is concerned. These sanctions will be applied
consistently and fairly to have the impact that we would hope.
Students will make mistakes and show behaviour that, from time to time, do not facilitate good learning
and violate the ethos and / or rules of the College. We want all sanctions to be constructive. i.e. they are
designed to seek positive outcome / change of attitude or behaviour. Dialogue with students / parents
will always form an important part of this process.
The following Behaviour Policy describes in more detail what sanctions will be applied at classroom
level. All staff will be responsible for ensuring that these sanctions are consistently applied.


What Sanctions may be applied?

A variety of sanctions exist at The Deens Academy and these include:

  • Verbal reprimand
  • Temporary removal from the classroom
  • Temporary removal from co-curricular activities
  • Phone call home/ note to parents
  • Parent-Teacher discussion
  • After-school detention
  • Fixed-time suspension
  • Permanent expulsion

As and when incidents arise and sanctions are applied, an entry will be made by the concerned teacher
into our ‘Disciplinary Action Book’, retained with the Principal, clearly showing the actions made. This
will enable us to monitor the progress of every student carefully, thus ensuring the application of
appropriate levels of sanction and support.

Sanctions Policy

Sanctions can be applied by any School staff, with the approval of the Principal, whenever there is a violation of the Discipline Policy. This may take the form of:

  • Repetitive late arrival at school
  • Non-completion of class work / homework
  • Shouting / Talking out of turn repeatedly
  • Unacceptable, offensive language
  • Not wearing correct school uniform
  • Use of mobile phones / MP3 players / iPod / or other prohibited items in class
  • Lack of respect to staff, other students or visitors
  • Smoking / drinking / use of foul language or gesture
  • Truancy
  • Repeated bullying / violence
  • Damage to school property

Students with extreme behavior problems will be dealt with directly by the Principal.

After-College hours detention:

  • Notice will be given to the parent(s) of the student concerned before the detention takes place.
  • Parents will be informed why the detention was given and details of the detention arrangements.