Positive Discipline

At John Smeaton Academy we have high standards and expectations for our students, this includes clear guidelines in our Positive Discipline policy to ensure that all students reach their potential academically and are successful in social situations. Positive Discipline is the framework that ensure that students alongside members of staff can work together in a positive environment where they feel safe and secure whilst in the academy.

Positive Discipline rewards students positively and incrementally for their positive behaviours around learning. Students can access a range of rewards such as credits within their planners, certificates and rewards trips across each academic year as well as the annual Prize Presentation Ceremony attended by parents/carers.

It is our belief that clear guidelines around behaviour teaches our students how to become good citizens, this will equip them for their future and support them in understanding how to make the right choices around their behaviour throughout their lives.

Below you can find more information on the key areas of Positive Discipline:

The Student Planner

Central to the success of Positive Discipline is the Student Planner which is the key channel of communication between school and parents. Personalising of the Student Planner is not permitted and lost or damaged planners will need to be replaced at a cost of £5.00. The planner must be brought to school each day with identified sanctions for students who forget or lose the planner.


John Smeaton Academy Positive Discipline Stamp Policy

The rewarding of stamps is of paramount importance to the success of Positive Discipline across the Academy. Stamps should be an integral part of all lessons and not something that is simply an ‘add on’ or ‘bolt on’ at the end of a lesson. All students should know why they are receiving stamps and be aware of how they can be rewarded further. We would expect students to be aiming to achieve 3 stamps per lesson.

The rewarding of stamps

In general students will receive stamps for the following:

Outstanding effort and attainment in lessons; students will be rewarded for both class work and homework.

As a guide:

Outstanding work and effort, whether class work or homework, will merit 3 stamps;
Very good work and effort, whether class work or homework, will merit 2 stamps;
Pleasing progress and effort, whether class work or homework, will merit 1 stamp.

Students should also receive stamps for positive and well developed contributions e.g. when verbally answering questions or contributing to group discussions.

Extra stamps can be collected for many other reasons:

  • Completing Green for Growth tasks in a thoughtful and considered manner.
  • Completing challenging extension tasks.
  • Carrying out further research.
  • Attending extra-curricular classes or revision sessions.
  • Demonstrating an answer on the board or performing a practical demonstration.
  • Making positive contributions and establishing resilience to drive success.
  • Being actively engaged throughout the lesson with exemplary behaviour.
  • Demonstration of progress in respect of ‘the Purple Zone’.

Full credits will also be awarded for attending extra-curricular clubs and revision intervention.

All students’ work should demonstrate a sense of pride and self-respect.

Throughout the week positive recognition of student achievement will be placed in the top right hand page of the Student Planner. For all students this will be done in the form of subject specific stamps which will recognise good, very good and excellent performance. All teaching and non-teaching staff will operate within this system, with three stamps leading to subject credits which in turn lead to a new system of achievement.

Students throughout their time at the academy will know whether or not they are on target to fulfil academic achievement as the year progresses. For all students target levels are as follows:

Christmas Holiday: Silver
Easter Holiday: Gold
Summer Holiday: Platinum

Where students achieve ahead or beyond these levels then it can be assumed that academic progress will be accelerated. Where these targets are not met then parents can assume that academic potential is not being fulfilled.

Additionally, each form group will be attached to a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Each week, there is an opportunity to refer students for praise to a senior teacher as and when the opportunity arises. Positive student performance will also be rewarded in three other ways.

  1. The sending of “departmental postcards” each term to students who display particularly high levels of commitment.
  2. The continuation and expansion of major awards ceremonies at the end of the academic year.
  3. The linking of other rewards such as trips, tokens and sports tickets to academic performance.


At times, of course, we have to recognise and accept that young people will not behave or work in a manner which is acceptable. Where misdemeanours are minor or are a result of carelessness, it is likely that only a clear “verbal warning” will be issued. It is expected that this will be a sufficient prompt for most students to work acceptably.

Where misdemeanours are more serious or are persistent in nature then comments will be placed in the Student Planner. Such comments will result in the loss of the Form Tutor Credit for that week and, if a number of negative comments accumulate over a half term, a full school detention will follow. Where student behaviour is particularly disruptive or when a number of detentions have been acquired, a period in isolation will automatically follow.

It is essential to point out, however, that we expect very few students to be doing anything other than enjoying working well at the academy and receiving the rewards and benefits that go with such an approach.