Behaviour for Learning

Cardinal Wiseman students are exceptional in the way they behave and respond to being given responsibility. Where student behaviour needs to be modified the school believes that sanctions alone will not be successful. Therefore, a clear, consistent and student focused sanctions and rewards system has been developed at the school. This policy has contributed to the positive behaviour for learning that is evident in every classroom.

In order to create positive behaviour for learning all STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO:

  • Uphold the Catholic nature of the school
  • Enhance the Catholic spirit within the school
  • Behave in an orderly and self-controlled way
  • Show respect to members of staff and each other
  • In class, make it possible for all pupils to learn
  • Move quietly around the school
  • Treat the school buildings and school property with respect
  • Wear the correct uniform at all times
  • Accept sanctions when given
  • Refrain from behaving in a way that brings the school into disrepute, including when outside school

The school operates a tiered approach to rewarding positive behaviour for learning and sanctioning unacceptable behaviour. Please click here for details


There is an automatic lunchtime detention with the Head of Year for any uniform, make-up or jewellery infringement.

Targeted Interventions: to support students who repeatedly fail to meet expectations

Although sanctions will be imposed where students fail to behave appropriately, the school will also seek to support students through carefully tailored interventions. These might include:

  • Tutor monitoring
  • Moving tutor groups
  • Departmental (subject) report
  • Head of Year report
  • Senior leadership team report
  • Pastoral Support Plan
  • Inclusion assistant support
  • Counselor
  • Educational Therapist support
  • Learner support team
  • Alternative Provision (educated off site)

The school works positively with students and their parent(s)/carer(s) to ensure the needs of all pupils are met. In more challenging circumstances it may be necessary to utilise the support of specific external support agencies. These include:

  • SAFE adolescent service
  • EASY project (substance misuse)
  • Social services
  • Education psychologist
  • Education welfare officer (attendance)
  • Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Secondary Behaviour Service
  • Mental Health Practitioner (Mental Health Support Team)

The school recognises its legal duty under the Equality Act 2010 to prevent pupils with a protected characteristic from being at a disadvantage. Consequently, our approach to challenging behaviour may be differentiated to cater to the needs of the pupil.

The school’s special educational needs co-ordinator will evaluate a pupil who exhibits challenging behaviour to determine whether they have any underlying needs that are not currently being met.

Where necessary, support and advice will also be sought from specialist teachers, an educational psychologist, medical practitioners and/or others, to identify or support specific needs.

When acute needs are identified in a pupil, we will liaise with external agencies and plan support programmes for that child. We will work with parents to create the plan and review it on a regular basis.

School Behaviour Policy

The School Behaviour Policy may be found in the Policies Section: Click here