High Expectations

At Chessington, we maintain high standards of behaviour.  Our rewards initiatives will now focus only on our GREAT values as we want students to recognise these characteristics in themselves and others throughout every day, each lesson will end with staff narrating the positive and celebrating multiple achievements. In order to ensure pupils are living the values the school will issue consequences for behaviours that show a student is not ready to learn, disrespectful, or unsafe.

We are moving from ‘ Warning, choice, consequence’ to ‘Reminder, warning, consequence’ as we understand that this is a learning process and we all need reminders at times to be on the right
track.If your child is issued a consequence and required to sit a detention it will be classified as one of the below.

C1-2: Monday- Friday any day 30/60 minutes (notified via classcharts)
C3: Tuesdays & Thursdays 75 minutes (notified by staff member via phone call & classcharts)
C4: Friday 2 hrs (notified by staff member via phone call & classcharts)
C5: Saturday 2.5 hrs (notified by staff member via phone call & classcharts)

We have moved to issuing same day detentions to give your child the opportunity to sit the
consequence immediately and attend school positively the next day. Detentions will continue to be
upscaled if your child does not attend.

You don’t agree with the detention – what can you do?

  • Contact the teacher who set the detention first. They have the best understanding of the situation and can answer your query.  Please remember that the staff teach full time and often have meetings, training and sports after school ends. 
  • Allow 48 hours for your call to be returned.


Did you know? 

  • There is a drop-in homework club every lunchtime and after school where students can work in a quiet environment with a teacher supervising/to help.  

  • Students can print off homework in school using their zip or ID card. There is no cost, it is purely for ID only.

  • Following parent feedback, Year 7 students are not given homework in the first term so that they can settle into secondary school life first.

  • Homework detentions are now taken with the subject tutor and are designed to support the student rather than punish them.

What can you do to help?

  • Check Class Charts to see what homework your child has to do and encourage them not to leave it to the last minute.
  • Work together – help your child look up information and take an interest in what they are learning.
  • Ensure your child leaves home with plenty of time to get to school.  
  • Don’t rely on public transport to run exactly to time if you have already cut it fine.
  • Be aware that lateness can also be considered absent if the registration cut-off is missed.
  • The school strives for 100% attendance. 95% attendance may sound high, but that is ½ a day of learning missed every week and soon adds up. Your child may not be able to keep up with their class. We expect high levels of attendance and punctuality from all our students.
  • If your child is struggling let the school know as soon as possible. Many support groups in school will help your child get through a tough time and get them back on track.

Mrs C. Cooper, Deputy Head Teacher, Behaviour, Safeguarding and Culture