Sherburn High School
Sherburn High School is situated in an attractive position on
the western fringes of the village of Sherburn in Elmet, which
lies in the M1/A1/A64 corridor between Leeds and York. First class
housing and education choices, and a wide range of leisure opportunities
are also available. We are a thriving school community that is
big enough to deliver but small enough to care.
The school boasts a sports hall and gymnasium, large playing fields
and an indoor heated swimming pool. The school offers an extensive
range of lunchtime clubs and activities. There is a thriving Youth
Club and Activities Centre through which young people aged 14
to 18 have the opportunity to undertake a variety of activities.
The school aims to create and maintain a happy and purposeful
working atmosphere through good quality relationships between
students, staff, parents, governors and the community at large.
‘Achievement for All’
Providing an entitlement to challenging and enjoyable learning experiences
Having high expectations of everyone
Developing confident, ambitious and determined learners who take pride in everything they do
Ensuring that everyone feels safe, secure and happy to be at school
Promoting the acquisition of life skills and a growth mind-set
Valuing and celebrating each individual’s progress and effort
Supporting, guiding and inspiring each individual in order to maximise
Expecting personal responsibility and respect for others
Developing strong partnerships with other schools and the wider community
We believe that everyone matters
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At Sherburn we aim to:
Show consideration for everyone in school
Have all the necessary equipment for each lesson
Enter school buildings sensibly and safely
Respect the property of other people
Be dressed appropriately in school uniform
Use every opportunity to learn
Remember to listen before we speak
Notice and appreciate each other’s achievements
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Students should always be commended for good behaviour.
At Sherburn High School we believe that students learn by praise,
reward and celebration of achievement. The list below illustrates
the various rewards that are given out in school:
1. Verbal and non-verbal praise by staff.
2. Stamps and comments in books and planners.
3. Positive letters home / Postcards.
4. Achievement points / comments on Sims
5. Public recognition of achievement: assembly, newsletters, annual
prize-giving, press releases and log book.
6. Group achievement recognition: Inter-house trophies based on
attendance, sporting and other competitions and vivos.
7. Individual effort / achievement recognised by vivos, leading
to Reward Prizes. Vivo totals shown in assemblies.
8. Form groups will be rewarded for behaviour and attendance with
9. Termly certificates awarded in assemblies.
10. Headteacher nomination by subject staff to see the Headteacher
Friday lesson 5 with outstanding work and details published on website.
Vivo Miles is an award-winning rewards platform for schools, allowing
teachers to award students electronic points called “Vivos”,
redeemable on a wide selection of rewards from a customisable catalogue.
Unique to the scheme is the Vivo rewards card, which every student
gets and loves. The card and the scheme’s currency - the Vivo
- go beyond conventional stickers and stars to offer a real-life
vehicle for financial learning. The scheme offers:
A reward system that’s understood and valued by all students
of all ages, and one which captures the silent majority of students
who often go unnoticed.
• Its own currency
Students save and spend Vivos on their choice of rewards (and develop
their financial capability in the process).
• ...and RESULTS!
A system that has proven its ability to increase student motivation,
improve behaviour, attendance and achievement as well as encourage
Attendance Certificates will be awarded to students who achieve
100% attendance in a half term, a whole term and a full year.
Vivos will be awarded on a weekly basis for each individual student
with 100% attendance.
A Headteacher Nomination is awarded by a subject teacher for students
who produce outstanding work. These will be recorded in the Headteacher’s
Book of Excellence and will be recognised on the school website
as student stars of the week.
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During the time students are with us at Sherburn High,
we believe that it is very important that a spirit of trust and
co-operation is built up between teachers, parents and young people.
This agreement sets out some of the specific ways in which we can
all play our part to achieve this positive atmosphere expressing
the willingness of all concerned to work together for the benefit
of all young people in the school.
The school will:
a caring, supportive environment in which each individual is valued
a full and balanced curriculum which educates each student to the
best of his/her ability
records and information about each child’s educational progress
as well as the child’s development in other areas of school
regular meetings with each child’s teachers and be available
at other times when concerns or questions arise, keeping parents
informed about problem areas
that their child attends school regularly and punctually, avoiding
holidays during term time and providing school with a note to cover
and work with the school and encourage a positive attitude to education
the discipline procedures of the school
the school ethos of homework, discussing it with their child when
signing the student planner each week
that their child meets school requirements regarding uniform and
general appearance and has appropriate equipment for each day
the school know of any concerns about their child’s education,
attend meetings at school to discuss progress and to learn about
the work of the school, inform of any factors which may affect their
child’s performance in school.
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Arrive on time with all required equipment
• Wear your uniform correctly
• Do as you are asked by staff, first time, every time
• Do your work well without disturbing others, understanding
the consequences of bad behaviour
• Look to be rewarded and appreciate the achievements of others
• Record all homework and complete it on time
1st Verbal Warning
C2 2nd Verbal Warning – Departmental sanction
C3 Removal to another lesson within department
- Automatic afterschool detention
C4 Immediate removal from lessons by Achievement Team
C5 Internal Exclusion
C6 External Exclusion
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Homework should be handed in on the date requested. Failure to do
so will result in sanctions including a detention. Failure to hand
in 3 homeworks in any week will result in a text to your parents
informing them of this situation.
Homework is both important and necessary. Homework done
regulary throughtout secondary school can be equivalent to an additional
year of study!
Try to do your homework at the same time each day in a quiet place
where you are free from distraction.
You are likely to achieve more by working regularly for relatively
short periods (say 1 hour at a time) than in a single long session
when your concentration will lapse.
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Sherburn High School Marking
and Feedback Policy
The school has a new assessment and homework policy that
clearly outlines how your childs work will be marked. Please use
the following link to access this policy. Marking and Feeback Policy
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We would like to thank you for helping us maintain our high standards,
particularly with uniform; your support is greatly appreciated.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school’s
The wearing of school uniform is required at all times. This includes
travelling to and from school. It is designed to be comfortable,
hard wearing and smart. All clothing should be clearly marked with
the owner’s name in order that any misplaced clothing may
be returned quickly.
All students in Year 7 to Year 11 are required to wear school uniform
in accordance with the governors’ policy. A high standard
of personal appearance is expected of all students. All clothing
and equipment should be named.
The School Uniform
must be dressed in the following clothing:
Black with school badge & house badge
long or short sleeved, tucked in and top button fastened
(not jeans, not fashion trousers eg: Harem pants or skinny
trousers or trousers with fashion accessories.)
Girls may wear black skirts if they wish (skirts need to
be on or below the knee)
Girls may wear neutral or black tights
- not boots, pumps, uggs or trainers. Please Click
Here for Footwear Guidance
School Uniform - Skirt
previously announced, we have brought in guidelines for the type
and length of skirt to be worn by girls in school. The school rule
for skirt length states that skirts must be worn at or below the
knee. The recommended style of skirt is made by Banner style no
3596, however any make is acceptable as long it is the same style.
Examples of the skirt are available to look at and buy in school
price £14.99. Please contact the finance office for further
The School Blazer
The wearing of the school blazer is compulsory around school, but
may be removed in lessons at the discretion of the teacher. Jumpers
are allowed to be worn underneath the blazer, but only if this is
a plain black V-Neck jumper, no cardigans are allowed.
• Girls’ trousers are not to be fashion trousers, such
as boot-cut or skinnies.
• Large belts are not to be worn at any time. Any belts worn
should be black.
• Leggings are not to be worn.
• Boys’ trousers are not to be fashion trousers, such
as combat or baggy trousers.
• Skirts are to be worn below the knee and school skirts can
now be purchased from school.
• Tights are to be plain black, not patterned. If socks are
worn they are to be plain black.
Your child requires a white shirt/blouse that buttons at the top.
This is particularly important as clip on ties will only attach
to a buttoned up shirt. Students are expected to have their shirt
tucked in at all times.
All students must wear a clip on tie at all times.
Hooded tops, sweatshirts and ordinary jumpers are not to be worn
on the school premises. If seen they will be confiscated. Coats
are to be taken off as students enter the school building.
• School shoes are to be plain black shoes.
• Boots are not allowed nor black shoes, which are similar
to black training shoes.
• Fashion shoes, such as black canvas pumps, backless slip-on
shoes, boots or training shoes are not to be worn.
• No shoes with labels (e.g.: Adidas) are permitted.
• Only one small round stud to be worn in each ear.
• Rings and bracelets/bands of any sort (except medical) are
not to be worn.
• Body piercing is not permissible.
• Jewellery, other than the above is not to be worn.
Pupils who wear jewellery will have it confiscated and it will not
be returned until the last week of that particular half term. This
includes those pupils who are seen wearing jewellery coming into
school or leaving school.
Lipstick and eye shadow are not allowed, however the discreet use
of light foundation and mascara is acceptable only by students in
Years 9, 10 and 11. Fake tan and similar products which are not
discreet and are clearly visible are not permitted.
Hair Colour / Hair Style
Regarding hair colouring, the colouring of parts of the hair so
that they are a complete contrast to the other colour is not allowed,
e.g. blonde hair with red streaks. Hair colour which is not considered
to be natural or an extreme colour, e.g. reds, blues and purples,
are not allowed.
In addition, boys having lines or patterns cut into their hairstyle,
e.g. V cuts are not acceptable. Pupils with long hair must ensure
that this does not impede their vision, cover their face or provide
a health and safety risk. They will be required to tie it back where
necessary. Bandana style headbands and flowers/bows or excessive
hair accessories are not to be worn. Plain hair clips or bands are
Examples of Sherburn High Uniform:
PE and Games wear
& Black fully reversable rugby shirt
Plain black cotton shorts
White short socks
Red football socks
T-Shirt, with Collar
(not cycling shorts)
White short socks
Red hockey socks
One piece swimming costume
(strongly recommended for rugby)
suit (without hood) of a subdued colour
suit (without hood) of a subdued colour
All clothing and equipment should be named
of PE uniform
All clothing and equipment should be labelled with the owners
name. If hair is long, it should be tied back for practical lessons.
Extremes of hair colour and style are inappropriate for school.
Outdoor coats are not to be worn in school.
wearing of jewellery is dangerous and therefore not allowed, but
if children have pierced ears they may wear one set of studs.
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Pupils are very good at using the Internet as a means of communicating
with each other. We need to work in partnership in order to avoid
inappropriate communications by pupils to each other using social
Internet sites from home. This is a practice that has annoying and
sometimes dangerous consequences. Would parents please monitor usage
of this aspect of the Internet by their children at home?
The School Planner
The vast majority of pupils use the school planner properly, but
some do not. Regular checks are made to see that all pupils are
using planners correctly. The planner is an excellent means of communication
between home and school. A planner which is poorly kept, has graffiti
in it and has a lack of information in it – such as no homework,
is an indication of a pupil who is underachieving and would be of
concern to us and no doubt of concern to parents/carers. Pupils
who graffiti their planner will be expected to purchase a new one.
Equipment for School
Every pupil should have a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber for school
every day. Your child will also require a calculator every day and a compass and protractor for maths lessons. In the event of a pupil forgetting or losing some equipment,
replacement equipment can be purchased in the Library, which is
open every morning from 8-8.30am. School bags should be large enough
to allow A4 size books/files to be put in. Small bags, such as boot
bags or other similar fashion bags are not suitable for use as a
school bag. Your child will also require a calculator, compass and
protractor for all Maths lessons.
Mobile phones and iPods etc. must be switched off during the school
day; 8.35am-3.00pm. If a student is found to be using electrical
equipment during the school day it will be confiscated and returned
at the end of the day on the first occasion. On the second occasion
it will be confiscated for a week. Persistent offenders will have
their equipment confiscated and it will only be returned once parents
have made an appointment to meet with the Achievement Team. Pupils
are strongly discouraged from bringing costly items into school
such as mobile phone and iPods and do so on the understanding that
the school does not accept any responsibility if this item goes
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atmosphere conducive to learning in which each individual student
may be encouraged to realise his or her potential is essential.
This can only be achieved by the setting of high standards underpinned
by a consistent set of values, by support and encouragement of students
towards high attainment and personal responsibility, and by an ordered
discipline within the school. In such an atmosphere students will
feel secure and members of staff, both teaching and non-teaching,
will be accorded proper respect and consideration.
The most valuable kind of discipline is self-discipline. This is
to be encouraged through close collaboration between the home and
the school. Students are kept aware of the school's code of behaviour
which is based on consideration of the needs of other members of
the school and of the wider community.
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