Positive Relationships and Rewards
A partnership between the school and family is necessary to ensure the best possible standards of pupil conduct. Pupils are expected to set themselves high standards in appearance and behaviour. School rules are devised to encourage the maximum amount of self-discipline. The rules make clear what is expected of pupils, and how they are required to behave. The general aim is to produce an atmosphere of friendly co-operation, encouraging respect and consideration for other persons and for property. A behavioural agreement is included in the School Enrolment Form that parents complete when enrolling their child(ren).
Pupils at Graeme High School are divided into three houses. Throughout the year students earn house points for good attendance, behaviour and effort.
There are also a number of house events where pupils compete for House points in sports, quizzes, talent shows and novelty activities.
Before school begins supervision is very limited, therefore pupils should not arrive at school until as near to the school start time as possible. During intervals school helpers supervise the children. In addition the Headteacher and Janitor are on call to cope with any difficulties which may arise. There is always access to the building and the children are made aware of this.
For further information on these arrangements, please contact the school.
Graeme High School is a restorative Community, where by interacting with each other in a positive manner, we continue to improve our school values and ethos. We resolve issues through our commitment to Restorative Practices.
To maintain positive relationships, we use a 3 step restorative conversation process. Parents, pupils and teachers are entitled to expect an atmosphere free from disruptive distractions to prevail in classrooms, and conditions of safety and calm to prevail in corridors and playground.
Graeme High School also has a zero tolerance approach to pupils who carry weapons. It is this community’s clear expectation that no pupil, under any circumstances, should be in possession of any weapon within school. We have a robust plan in place if such a circumstance occurred.
Whilst many believe that children who display bullying behaviour should be punished, it is widely accepted that this type of response can at times be ineffective, and make the situation worse. The adoption of restorative approaches is evidenced to be a more effective response than traditional methods. Pupils are given the opportunity to accept responsibility for their actions, recognise the harm done and are supported to find restorative responses to the harm they have caused.
There are times where sanctions are appropriate; exclusion is seen as a last resort and carried out when incidents fall within the legislation criteria. Falkirk Council has a responsibility to provide an education for all pupils and to challenge and address bullying behaviour. Whilst appropriate action will be taken by the school, it is also important that all parent/carers, work with the school to resolve any issues in the best interests of their child or young person.
Graeme High’s anti-bullying policy can be found at https://www.graeme.falkirk.sch.uk/parents___carers/anti_bullying_policy/anti_bullying_policy.html
Pupil reward system
Pupils can earn CAP (Curriculum Achievement Points) through working hard in classes, doing well in assessments or contributing well to class activities. These points are awarded by class teachers in recognition of pupils who consistently work well in their class.
Pupils can also achieve WAP (Wider Achievement Points) through participation in extra-curricular clubs, whole school events and Inter-house events.
To be eligible for reward trips, pupils are required to achieved both CAP and WAP points.