Burnley school national model for good behaviour

Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College
Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College

A Burnley secondary school is to be used as a good behaviour model for others across the UK.

Blessed Trinity RC College, in Ormerod Road, was chosen by the Department for Education to set an example to schools struggling to deal with pupils’ behaviour.

The DfE visited the school last year and praised the good behaviour and positive attitudes of the pupils.

Deputy headteacher Mr Phil Thompson said: “We had an Ofsted monitoring inspection in June 2011 and one again in February 2013 and the DfE noted the progress we had made in that time.

“What we have achieved is a consistent approach from staff so that pupils know where they stand.

“This was especially in regards to how we deal with behaviour on a day-to-day basis in class, how we approach issues regarding bullying and the types of sanctions we impose, such as detentions.”

The school has banned mobile phones and electrical equipment, which are confiscated and returned only to parents through reception, jewellery and make-up.

A good behaviour reward scheme has also been set up.

Mr Thompson added: “The senior leadership team at Blessed Trinity and the DfE held a one-hour conference call at the end of October.

“The DfE have written a summary of our discussion which they hope to use in a forthcoming publication.

“We feel honoured that we are being used a role model for other schools and are more than happy to share our experiences.”

Headteacher Mr Richard Varey said: “I’m very proud of the excellent work our staff and pupils have been doing in order to make Blessed Trinity the warm and optimistic place it is.”