Letter to Parents – Detentions

The following letter has been sent to parents/guardians today.

Dear Parent/Guardian

I am writing to clarify the college policy on detentions outside of college hours.

In order to maintain the positive climate for learning, of which we are very proud, the college works tirelessly to set and maintain high standards in all areas, including discipline. The vast majority of students display consistently good standards of behaviour. However, when behaviour falls below the standard we expect the college policy is to issue the students with an appropriate sanction that may include a detention outside of college hours.

When a detention is issued, the college will always give a minimum of 24 hours’ notice through the college messaging service. The college are also willing to be flexible and reschedule a detention for an alternative day when necessary. However, the college policy will not waive detention if a parent is unwilling to support the college decision to impose this sanction.

The most recent DfE statutory guidance on discipline in schools makes explicit reference to those sanctions all schools have the legal power to implement including:

  • Teachers have power to discipline pupils for misbehaviour that occurs in school and, in some circumstances, outside of school.
  • Teachers have statutory authority to discipline pupils whose behaviour is unacceptable, who break the school rules or who fail to follow a reasonable instruction.
  • Teachers have power to impose detention outside school hours.
  • Parental consent is not required for detentions.

When ensuring that a detention outside school hours is reasonable, staff issuing the detention should consider whether suitable travel arrangements can be made by the parent for the pupil. It does not matter if making these arrangements is inconvenient for the parent.

College detentions are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 3.15pm until 4.00pm. Additionally, detentions for more serious behaviour breaches are also held on Fridays from 3.15pm until 4.30pm and on Saturdays from 09.30am until 12.00pm. If your child is issued with a Saturday morning detention you will be notified by letter and by telephone.

If a parent does not make contact with the college to request that a detention is rearranged for an alternative date then the student will be kept in detention on the scheduled date. If a student is absent on the day of the detention they will be placed into the next scheduled detention. Should a student fail or refuse to attend any scheduled detention then an escalated sanction such as internal exclusion, enforced placement or fixed term exclusion will be implemented.

Thank you in anticipation of your support in our efforts to establish and maintain a culture and climate that fully supports the learning and progress of all students.

Yours sincerely

Mrs K DIVENEY

Deputy Headteacher