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Thomas Clarkson Academy is committed to creating an environment where exemplary behaviour is at the heart of productive learning. Everyone is expected to maintain the highest standards of personal conduct, to accept responsibility for their behaviour and encourage others to do the same.

We promote positive values and behaviour and encourage everyone to cooperate with and respect others as well as themselves. The emphasis is on choice – pupils are taught the consequences of their behaviour and are encouraged to take responsibility for it.

Behaviour Policy

  • Narrative

• Thomas Clarkson Academy is a community of learners. Our school ethos of ‘Ambition for All’, demands we have the highest expectations of our students as they grow academically and personally to become the successful young people we know they can become.

• In order to achieve the excellence, we expect from all our learners we have a very simple system of rewards and sanctions to guide our students.

  • Classroom based

Central to our Behaviour for Learning policy is our belief that being in lessons, learning effectively, is the single most important factor in a student being successful. This means we promote and protect this space for all learners. Every lesson is a community of learners and we expect our students to respect our staff, the learning environment and also each other.

  • Behaviour in Learning
  • You come to lessons prepared with the appropriate equipment
  • You begin tasks in a timely manner – usually within 2 minutes
  • You complete all work to the best of your ability striving to be the best you can be
  • You make a positive contribution to the lesson including asking and answering questions, listening to others ideas and challenging yourself.
  • You follow classroom discussion by looking at the member of the class who is talking – e.g. a fellow student or teacher and actively listen.
  • Behaviour Expectations 
  • You take responsibility for your own learning journey
  • You accept responsibility for your own choices and actions  - (This is about independent learning opportunities – challenging yourself rather than coasting along)
  • You have your achievements, academic or otherwise recognised
  • You can access all rewards, post cards, trips etc
  • You have examples of work and achievements displayed in the classrooms and around the school.
  • Rewards

• The rewards system for green cards is as follows:

  • 500 points = Bronze lapel badge
  • 1000 points = Silver lapel badge
  • 2000 points = Gold lapel badge
  • 4000 points = Platinum lapel badge and £50 voucher
  • The core value rewards are as follows:
  • Creativity:

• Excellent use of imagination in class/homework, awarded by teacher.

• Do a presentation on something important to you in form time.

• Demonstrate the ability to be creative in a practical setting, sports, arts, ICT etc, signed off by teacher.

  • Integrity

• 10 members of staff sign to say that you are consistently courteous and polite and a good role model.

• Volunteer to be a community prefect.

• Raise over £200 for a charity of your choice.

  • Dedication

• Complete a term (12 school weeks) of regular attendance at after-school clubs (includes Year 11 interventions)

• Agree a development subject with PL, set appropriate targets and work on achieving those. Targets signed off by PL.

• Complete 100% attendance over a whole school year.

  • Teamwork

• Train regularly/compete with the school teams over a whole term.

• Complete an excellent piece of group work, awarded by class teacher.

• Do a group presentation in a year group assembly.

  • Excellence

• Produce an outstanding piece of class/homework, awarded by teacher.

• Working above thresholds in 5 subject areas, signed off by raising standards leader.

• Consistently perform at a high level in school or out of school for a sporting team or be involved in a school production.

  • School detention

• Detentions will be held Monday to Friday evenings starting at 15:00 and finishing at 15:30 and held in the year group community.

  • Isolation – community removal

• This is our most serious sanction before exclusion.

• Isolation can also be used for specific, serious issues

• Letter (similar to exclusion letter)

• 08:30 to 16:30. Arrive via attendance entrance. No school interaction

• Daily share isolation list with staff

• Failing Isolation = meeting with family

• Further sanction

  • Restorative Conversation

• This is an expectation from staff

• After issuing a Red Card – you will have a restorative conversation with the student.

• Note – the expectation is that the conversation takes place no more than one week of issuing the Red card

• You can collect students from detention and/or at any place of your choice.

  • Reports

• Weekly cards – Tutor, Students Services, Raising Standards Leader, SLT.

• Completion tracked by student services


 Black trousers. No skinny tight fit. No elasticated material, leggings, cropped   trousers showing shins or ankles. 

 Skirt (Optional)  

 Black pleated and knee-length.  


 Formal, loose fitting and plain white. Shirts will always be tucked into trousers or skirts. 


 TCA Logo.


 V-neck jumpers with the TCA logo or plain black v-neck jumper with no logo.   Jumpers must be worn underneath blazers and not instead of the blazer.  


 Thomas Clarkson Academy tie. Worn correctly with all shirt buttons covered. 


 Black, flat heeled and can be polished. Trainers are not to be worn.


 Black tights.  


 Stud earrings, one small earring in each ear is acceptable. Any other visible   piercings must be left empty or have clear plastic retainers.  


 No visible jewellery.

 Make up  

 No visible make-up.


 No visible nail polish. No false nails.


 No brightly dyed hair. No styles which would not be considered suitable in a   business environment. 


  •  Navy blue polo shirt
  • Navy blue shorts
  • Outer garment (reversible Multi-Sport   Top with our logo for boys and a Racer Sweat with our logo for girls)
  • Navy tracksuit bottoms or black sports leggings
  • Navy game socks, long

 No logos other than TCA logo.

Anti-bullying & Internet safety

Click here to view our COVID 19 Behaviour Policy Addendum (Remote Learners) - January 2021   

Click here to view COVID-19 Behaviour Policy Addendum - September 2020.