“Help people reach their full potential
Our underlying mantra is: be reasonable, be respectful.
Our expectations are that all students:
Our Code of Conduct is:
In lessons, students are encouraged to be 'TNHA's Legends of Learning'; to be:
Rewards and recognition
Students earn 'tokens' for good work in lessons and being community minded. The tokens are collected in the college tubes, which hang in the foyer. At the end of each half term, the weight of tokens collected by the students from each college is converted into 'Challenge Points'.
Positive phone calls, texts, postcards, letters and certificates are also used to celebrate student's efforts.
At the end of the each term, Colleges nominate a 'student of the term'. Citations are read out in the end of term academy assembly, and an overall winner chosen from the nominees.
Students who personify TNHA's values are recognised as 'Student Ambassadors'. These students are presented with a white badge in the academy end of term assembly.
Our annual Sports Awards evening recognises students' achievement in sports. The certificates and medals are awarded by a sporting personality, such as Olympic gold medallist Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and England football star Casey Stoney.
'Awards Evening' celebrates achievements from students in all years, and is when we award GCSE certificates. In the past we have been honoured to have guest speakers such as Steven Fry.
The academy nominates students for the prestigious annual ATT Student Awards. At the ceremony, which is held in a central Birmingham venue and has celebrity presenters, our students have won prizes for 'achievement over adversity' and 'leadership'.
At TNHA students learn quickly that if they behave in a certain way they will be treated fairly, but that sanctions are also 'certain'.
We use a range of different sanctions. From kindly advice, to break and lunch detentions to 'supervision', loss of social time and, ultimately, fixed term or permanent exclusion. Parents are given notice of after school detentions.
Please see opposite for information about how we manage students in lessons. The role of our 'Advocate', who is on call during lessons, is to support students who are struggling to get it right in class, with the aim of settling them back into learning as quickly as possible. His intervention means teachers can continue to focus on the learning happening in the lesson.
The use of sanctions is moderated at the end of each day in a meeting of the Heads of College and key staff. This helps to ensure equality, fairness and consistency. The team monitor those students who trigger sanctions, to identify patterns, and then work proactively to reduce the risk of continued problems in the future by creatively developing sustainable solutions - this is central to our inclusive ethos.
We will fix term exclude for misconduct such as assault, bullying, threatening behaviour, persistently disrupting learning, amongst other reasons.
We will permanently exclude for one off serious incidents, e.g. bringing a weapon into school, bringing illegal drugs into school, assaulting a member of staff. We will also permanently exclude in situations where all avenues of intervention have failed and a student's misconduct is so persistent that we have no other alternative.
Click here to see ATT's behaviour for learning policy.
In lessons, teachers maintain a positive classroom ethos. If necessary, they follow clear stepped interventions to manage students.
First - the student is reminded about expectations and to be reasonable.
Second - the student is moved seat or given time out. The teacher speaks to the student to de-escalate the situation.
Third - the Advocate is called.
The Advocate will then speak to the student and find out the reasons for the poor behaviour. He may then resolve the issue and settle the student back into the lesson. He may choose to relocate the student to another teacher's lesson. In extreme cases or when further investigation is needed he may opt to refer the student to their College Office.
Fourth - if after being returned to the lesson by the advocate, a student continues to be disruptive, the Advocate is re-called.
For seriously breaches of safety or extreme conduct, a student may be taken out of a lesson instantly.
We do allow students to have mobile phones in school. They must be turned off in lessons and not 'seen' when a student is inside the building. If a phone is seen inside the building or in a lesson, the student is reminded to put it away, which is reasonable. Should a student refuse, the phone is confiscated and given to the main school receptionist, who secures it until the end of the school day.
Students may use their phones at break and lunch times, but only in the playground/outside areas.
The school cannot take responsibility for damage to or loss of a mobile phone. However, we will try to help recover lost phones if we can.