Positive Behaviour

Positive Behaviour Policy

Updated June 2013


The key values of Balfron High School permeate and are integral to the Positive Behaviour Policy of the school.  Mutual Trust and Respect should be shown at all times between members of our community and people should take Responsibility for their actions.  Fairness in applying the Positive Behaviour Policy will be evident and pupils will be listened to, expected to be Honest and should be dealt with in a calm and restorative manner at all times.

There are clear expectations which our young people should adhere to and meet. In doing so, they will develop the skills and values which will allow them to become responsible citizens, successful learners, confident individuals and effective contributors to society.


The Positive Behaviour Policy is designed to promote a vibrant learning environment, where the use of praise and encouragement enables all our young people to meet our school aims.

A system of rewards is in place to encourage and inspire all our young people to fulfil their academic and social potential and to make the most of the opportunities afforded to them at Balfron High School.

Effective communication is vital as teachers and parents work in partnership to provide the appropriate support necessary for each individual pupil to be successful.

Positive Behaviour Principles

  • Clarity of rules
  • Recognition & Reward
  • Consistent application
  • Pupil responsibility and choice
  • Calm & restorative approach
  • Inform parents early

Classroom Expectations

  • Bring appropriate equipment
  • Show respect to each other
  • Show respect to the community
  • Make good decisions
  • Wear uniform
  • Take ownership of own learning
  • Maximum effort in all classes
  • Arrive to class on time
  • Follow instructions
  • Believe in your own ability
  • Challenge yourself
  • Have ambition
  • Participate in whole school activities
  • Participate fully in class
  • Act as a role model


Merits can be awarded for;

  • Weekly cooperation (Meeting classroom expectations)
  • Excellence (For example a piece of work or achievement)
  • Representing your House (Awarded only by Office Staff)
  • Citizenship (For example observing a pupil helping/supporting others)
  • Responsibility (For example a pupil taking control of a difficult situation)
  • Improved behaviour
  • Increased effort

Each Merit Awarded is worth 2 Points.


De-Merits can be awarded for;

  • Inappropriate language
  • Poor cooperation
  • Lack of effort
  • No equipment
  • No homework
  • Late to class
  • No uniform (This should only be given by FCL)

Each De-merit awarded earns -2 Points


Referrals are given for the following reasons.

  • Persistent failure to meet classroom expectations.
  • Any behaviour deemed significantly inappropriate that Communication with Parents is necessary.

Each referral given results in a Reflective Referral Exercise (Appendix 1) being issued to the pupil.  This must be signed by parent or carer and returned the next day.  Appendix 2 shows the procedure for issuing a referral.

A referral may result in a Planned Removal from that subject for a short period of time (recommended 3 periods).  This would be communicated with parents/carer via a letter.  Appendix 3 shows the procedure for a Planned Removal from class.

Each Referral given earns a -5 points



Pupils will normally require a Positive Rating in order to be eligible for excursions, dances and discos.

Individual Pupil Ratings are worked out in the following way.

Amount of Merits x2, minus amount of De-merits x2 and minus amount of Referrals x5

The top scoring pupils in each class will be recognised at each end of term House Assembly.  Rewards will include Pens, Dance tickets, and Blazer Badges.

The top scoring students over the course of the year, will receive an invite to the Outstanding Awards Ceremony in June.

Inter House Points – Each term House points are awarded (30,20,10) in relation to total Points Rating for each House.

Communication with Parents/Carers

Parents and Carers will be invited to attend an annual Parents Evening.

Parents and Carers will receive an annual full report on their child’s attainment, progress and attainment.

On the last week of each term, parents and carers will receive a formal print out of their child’s Positive Behaviour Record and their Tracking and Monitoring ratings.

Cause for Concern letters will be sent out to parents if there is concern that a pupil is falling behind in any subject or not applying themselves appropriately.

Parents of pupils in S1 – S3 will have an annual meeting with their child’s Form Class Leader.

Parents and Carers will be contact at other times as deemed appropriate.

The Positive Behaviour Policy Poster (Appendix 4) should be visible in every classroom and referred to when necessary.

Appendix 1 Reflective Referral

Appendix 2 Reflective Referral Procedure

Appendix 3 Planned Removal Procedure

Appendix 4 Endrick Poster

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