Positive Ethos and Behaviour in McLaren High School

The starting point for learning is a positive ethos and climate of respect and trust based upon shared values across the school community, including pupils, teachers and parents.


All of our young people in McLaren High are encouraged to:

  • to display high levels of behaviour at all times
  • to display a high level of attitude to their work at all times
  • to exercise their responsibilities as members of a school community
  • to display a high level of respect to others and to the wider school community at all times.

We would hope that all members of staff would contribute to the positive ethos of the school through:

  • open, positive, supportive relationships where children and young people will feel that they are listened to
  • promoting a climate in which children and young people feel safe and secure
  • modelling behaviour which promotes effective learning and wellbeing within the school community
  • being sensitive and responsive to each child or young person's wellbeing.



If a pupil displays high levels of behaviour and attitude they may rewarded with a merit. A merit may be awarded for:

  • Continuous good effort and behaviour
  • Making a continuous good contribution in class
  • A sustained and mature attitude to work
  • High Standards of Teamwork
  • A significant Improvement in Attitude
  • A significant Improvement in Behaviour
  • A sustained improvement in effort
  • High Standard of Homework
  • Improved Standards in Homework
  • A very good performance in assessment
  • Helpful Behaviour
  • Secret Student

Pupils will be informed by their teacher if they are receiving a merit and throughout the year formal notification or merits received will be delivered to pupils and parents. A positive reward system is currently being established.




If however a pupil does not display high levels of behaviour and attitude they may be issued with a demerit. Pupils will normally be given two warnings before a demerit is issued. However, a more serious matter of indiscipline may not warrant a warning. Pupils will be informed when a demerit has been issued. 

  • A demerit may be issued for the following reasons:
  • Lack of Effort
  • Poor Behaviour
  • Poor Attitude
  • Not completing Homework or meeting Deadlines
  • Not prepared for Learning
  • Persistent lateness
  • Not listening to Instructions
  • Not listening to the person who is meant to be talking
  • Not keeping unkind comments, hands or feet to themselves
  • Not looking after materials and equipment
  • Being disrespectful to others
  • Incomplete Uniform
  • Other

Any demerit issued will also be accompanied by a sanction such as:

  • Moved within the class
  • Temporarily removed from the learning environment
  • ‘Good Neighboured’ to another class in the faculty
  • Issued with, ‘A Think Sheet’
  • Subject Lunchtime Detention
  • Two demerits in any one week will result in a Friday lunchtime demerit supervised by a CL