Attitude To Learning

‘Students’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are good. Strong pastoral care and safeguarding keep students safe and successfully promote their wellbeing. Students conduct is excellent and their attitudes to learning are good. Students are becoming more self-reliant.’ 
– OAT Annual Review November 2015

The academy has expectations that are shared between the staff and students so that all students have a right to learn and all staff have a right to facilitate learning. At THOA we believe that everyone has the right:

  • to be the best that they can be
  • to learn without distraction or interruption
  • to enjoy learning and be happy in school
  • to be safe in school and on the journey to and from school
  • to be treated with respect

We hope that by encouraging positive behaviour patterns we can promote good relationships throughout the academy built on trust and understanding, and that through the use of this policy we can support all of our students in developing a high level of social awareness. Our aim is to ensure that all our students leave the academy with the key skills they need to continue to progress to the best of their ability in all areas of life.

Attitude to Learning

At THOA we report attitude to learning grades every ½ term. We expect pupils to be ready to learn in all lessons. This means attending, being punctual, having the appropriate equipment, completing all tasks, showing a desire to commit to being the very best that a pupil can be and demonstrating the reliance to come back after a failure.
Click here to see the criteria that we use to measure attitude to learning (pdf)

Rewards and Sanctions

The academy understands that the first step to achieving good behaviour is to lead by example, which means that all staff, volunteers, and anyone else who comes to the academy must act responsibly and professionally. All staff are expected to recognise and praise good behaviour, to deal with inappropriate conduct and to adhere to the reward and staged sanction guidelines consistently and fairly. All staff are expected to establish a consistent approach to learners and, in the first instance, take responsibility for control and welfare of all learners.
Rewards at THOA (pdf)
Sanctions at THOA (pdf)

Behaviour for learning non-negotiables

We have articulated clear non-negotiables for all teachers in our academy to make sure that there is a positive climate for learning.

Non-negotiables (pdf)

Uniform

Our THOA Dress Code aims to reinforce a sense of equality and instil pride in our academy. All pupils are expected to uphold the Dress Code and establish a high standard of appearance in the school and locality.
Uniform Code Poster (pdf)

Safeguarding

We are extremely aware of our responsibilities for safeguarding children and assume these responsibilities with rigour. THOA annually reviews safeguarding policies alongside governors to ensure the safety and well being of all learners. We are keen to ensure that that all learners understand how to keep themselves safe from relevant risks such as exploitation and extremism, including when using the internet and social media.

See our Safeguarding page for more information

Parents

What can I do to help?

  • Ensure that your child goes to school every day, on time, in the correct uniform and with basic equipment such as their pen, pencil, ruler and planner
  • Let the school know about any issues that might affect your child’s learning
  • Support your child in homework and other opportunities for home learning and sign their student planner each week
  • Be involved in discussions regarding your child’s progress and attend Parents Evening