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Policies
Policies describe the school principles that guide its actions. They are the Ground Rules for the School. 
Governors and senior staff regularly review these policies aiming to improve the school’s overall effectiveness and efficiency. We have a comprehensive range of policies including some which are statutory. Full copies of these policies are available by contacting the school; several are attached at the bottom of this page and in other locations on this website. 
 
A brief outline of some the main policies and some notable aspects of our practice are given below; parents and carers can also find some key policies and procedures in the children's school diaries. 

Home –School Agreement
Close partnership and cooperation between home and school is at the heart of successful education at Gladesmore. We find that that children thrive when staff, parents and children are able to work closely together to set high expectations for excellence. To guide this partnership we have a    Home-School Agreement. This outlines the responsibilities of parents, pupils and of the school in supporting the learning process. 

Pastoral Care
Providing children with a happy, safe and successful school life is also one of the school’s priorities. Staff need to know that students attend regularly, produce their work on time and behave properly. This kind of responsibility is called Pastoral Care. The pastoral needs of students are mainly looked after by a Form Tutor and the Year Head; regular two-way contacts with parents and carers support this. The School has policies and procedures for Safeguarding, Child Protection and Attendance. 
Discipline
School discipline is designed to create a stable, sensitive 'school atmosphere' that lends itself to hard work and study The system is based on a clear set of school rules that are firmly and uniformly applied by all the staff. Good discipline is normally achieved by expectation and example. Often rewards are used to recognise particularly good or appropriate behaviour or work. Sometimes sanctions are necessary to remind students of their responsibilities.

Rewards
Through the reward system, students are given recognition for the school’s REACH values when they demonstrate Respect, Enthusiasm, Attitude, Cooperation and Hard Work. Students gain a range of rewards including: MyStickers, Postcards and Certificates. We have a strong emphasis at Gladesmore on positive reinforcement so students receive frequent verbal encouragement. We like to involve parents and carers in the reward system by notifying them of particular successes.

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Able, Gifted & Talented
Gifted is defined as those with high ability in an academic subject such as English, maths, science, humanities or modern foreign languages.
Talented is defined as students with high ability in practical and creative subjects such as art, music, technology, sport, drama or dance.

Gladesmore is committed to providing the best possible educational opportunities for all its students and this involves extending students who are gifted and/or talented in particular areas. A whole variety of approaches may be required which may include: providing more difficult work; supplying additional equipment; offering experiences outside school; tutoring; University mentoring. Large numbers of Gladesmore students are fast-tracked so that examinations can be passed early.

Health Care
Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) aims to teach students to look after their personal health and hygiene and, as they mature, to encourage them to make sensible life choices as young adults. Gladesmore has achieved the Health Schools Award for promoting students to live healthy life styles.

Sanctions
Staff will usually deal with instances of misbehaviour by discussing situations with students and advising and supporting them to improve their behaviour. If situations persist staff usually contact home at an early stage.

Punishments may involve detentions at break times, lunchtime or after school. Sometimes additional work is set to be completed at home. (Note: Students may be kept in detention at the end of the day). 

If a student is disturbing a class they will be taken out of their lesson and sent to the Duty Room. For serious misbehaviour students may be issued an internal Suspension for a period of time. On very infrequent occasions and in extreme cases a student can be excluded from the school for a period of time. 



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