Right Time, Right Place, Ready to Learn

 Friday March 22nd 2019

Dear Parents/Carers

Right Time, Right Place, Ready to Learn

Here at King Henry School we believe that we have a responsibility to ensure students make the most of their learning time while they are with us.

We believe that if students are not in lesson, they are missing out on valuable learning time. Just 5 minutes missing from each lesson means over three weeks of lost learning per year:

5 minutes per lesson x 5 lessons per day x 5 days per week x 39 weeks per year= 4875 minutes = 81.25 hours = 3.25 weeks’ of lessons!

Over the next term and beyond we will focus on a drive to ensure all students are in the Right Place at the Right Time and Ready to Learn.

From Monday 25th March students will only be able to enter and exit the school site via the gates on Avenue Road. In the morning gates will close at 08:25 in line with the warning bell, allowing students 5 minutes to arrive at form time, on time and ready to learn.

By introducing a clear entrance and exit policy to the school we will ensure that students are greeted each morning by a member of staff and bid farewell at the end of the school day. This will also enable us to have greater staff presence and supervision at the start and end of the school day and improve safeguarding. The expectation is that all students arrive on time to school, in full correct uniform, with the equipment they need for the day and ready to learn. Any student who arrives late, without correct uniform, or without correct equipment should expect to be challenged on this and receive a sanction.

Throughout the school day, we have introduced two further warning bells at before the end of break and just before the end of lunch, again giving students a clear notification that they need to start moving to lesson and arrive on time, ready to learn in time for the second bell.

Students who do not arrive on time or are found out of lesson without permission (indicated by a note in their contact book), should expect to receive a sanction, which will usually include a same day SLT detention.

While the majority of students at King Henry are Polite, Respectful, Kind, Courageous and Resilient, there is a small minority of students who do not always get this right. Once teachers have exhausted classroom behaviour management strategies a student may be buddied to another classroom. The expectation is that students follow this instruction; if a student refuses this instruction or self-exits the classroom this will be sanctioned. It is vital that we work together as a community to protect the right to education for all students, by taking action with those who do not uphold our core values.

By emphasising the importance of being on time, in the right place and ready to learn we are building and developing basic non-negotiables required for successful adult life.  When we enter the world of work people rely on us to be on time, to be in the right place and ready for work. Society functions through social contract where we rely on each other to be on time, in the right place and willing to participate.

Therefore, in order to maximise the learning of all students, we expect them to be there at the Right Time, in the Right Place and Ready to Learn.

Thank you for your support in this matter.


Miss H Gibbs

Deputy Headteacher

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