Burnley school to be used as UK role model for good behaviour

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Burnley school to be used as UK role model for good bevaiour Burnley school to be used as UK role model for good bevaiour

A BURNLEY school is to be used as a role model across the UK for its pupils' good behaviour.

Blessed Trinity RC College, in Ormerod Road, has introduced a number of measures to improve behaviour including banning mobile phones and make-up.

The measures have helped it come out of special measures and it is now rated good by Ofsted.

Now the Department for Education will use the school's model as a shining example to raise standards at other schools.

Deputy headteacher Phil Thompson said: “We had an Ofsted monitoring inspection in June 2011 and one again in February 2013 and the DfE noted the progress made in that time.

“What we have achieved is a consistent approach from staff so that pupils know where they stand.

One measure the school has implemented is a ban on mobile phones and electrical equipment. If used, these are confiscated and returned only to parents through the school’s reception.

Mr Thompson said: “The thought behind this was that phones and tablets were distractions to children in the classroom and anti-social devices at breaks and lunchtime.

“Similarly, we have made a concerted effort to ensure our students look smart, banning jewellery and make-up.

“In the classroom, there is a clear system that staff use of 'stages' with the appropriate responses, and this has massively reduced low-level disruption.

“Now every child is given every opportunity to flourish.”

The school also rewards good behaviour with their merit badge scheme. Merit points see pupils reach bronze, silver and gold badges. Mr Thompson said: “The pupils tell us they love the badges and the recognition that goes with it.”

In an e-mail to the school the DfE stated that they would the school as part of a plan to develop case studies in 'various areas of behaviour management that might be helpful to schools that are grappling with these issues'.

The DfE is also expected to feature the school in forthcoming publications.

Headteacher Richard Varey said: “I'm very proud of the excellent work our staff and pupils have been doing in order to make Blessed Trinity the warm and optimistic place it is.”

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8:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

katypri says...

I went to St Hilda's which is the same school really before all the changes, we didnt get through the door unless our skirts reached the the knee joint, I will never understand any school allowing mobile phones or make-up, mine was an all girl school so no showing off in front of opposite sex, schools need to get back to basics so glad this school has made a start
I went to St Hilda's which is the same school really before all the changes, we didnt get through the door unless our skirts reached the the knee joint, I will never understand any school allowing mobile phones or make-up, mine was an all girl school so no showing off in front of opposite sex, schools need to get back to basics so glad this school has made a start katypri

8:55pm Wed 12 Feb 14

masher50 says...

katypri wrote:
I went to St Hilda's which is the same school really before all the changes, we didnt get through the door unless our skirts reached the the knee joint, I will never understand any school allowing mobile phones or make-up, mine was an all girl school so no showing off in front of opposite sex, schools need to get back to basics so glad this school has made a start
As an ex St. Theodore's pupil, I can only agree. The integration of the two single sex schools caused a substantial "hormone based" disruption, until ALL pupils got used to the idea.
[quote][p][bold]katypri[/bold] wrote: I went to St Hilda's which is the same school really before all the changes, we didnt get through the door unless our skirts reached the the knee joint, I will never understand any school allowing mobile phones or make-up, mine was an all girl school so no showing off in front of opposite sex, schools need to get back to basics so glad this school has made a start[/p][/quote]As an ex St. Theodore's pupil, I can only agree. The integration of the two single sex schools caused a substantial "hormone based" disruption, until ALL pupils got used to the idea. masher50

8:28am Thu 13 Feb 14

DaveBurnley says...

Well done this school. The children will also appreciate the rules, they may moan but they need the security of discipline.
Well done this school. The children will also appreciate the rules, they may moan but they need the security of discipline. DaveBurnley

12:30pm Thu 13 Feb 14

hunter3062 says...

try been around the school at finishing time the mindless brainwashed morons walk out in front of moving traffic..throw bottles of pop and water at each other..cross between the school buses yep a shining example..mind some are only as thick as their parents parking on the yellow zig zags and in the bus stopping zone..another shining example..
try been around the school at finishing time the mindless brainwashed morons walk out in front of moving traffic..throw bottles of pop and water at each other..cross between the school buses yep a shining example..mind some are only as thick as their parents parking on the yellow zig zags and in the bus stopping zone..another shining example.. hunter3062

6:12pm Thu 13 Feb 14

zabby says...

Political propaganda stunt the school is a failure,brought on by a social engineering experiment?,,,local community schools for local people is the way forward
Political propaganda stunt the school is a failure,brought on by a social engineering experiment?,,,local community schools for local people is the way forward zabby

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