NAUGHTY pupils at a South Derbyshire secondary school could be faced with being hauled in for detentions at the weekend as part of a bid to improve behaviour.
Senior teachers at the Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, revealed that youngsters who ‘misbehave persistently’ could face punishments that would take place on a Saturday or at 6pm in the evening.
The move is part of a wide ranging effort to try and return the school to its former glory after being placed into ‘special measures’ by Ofsted chiefs and ordered to improve several different areas.
Viv Sharples (pictured), acting head teacher, said: “If a child has additional needs, parents will be aware of all the strategies we employ to remove barriers to learning and achievement and the agencies who support us.
“We need to embed a strong learning culture as the norm across the school and eradicate low level disruption.
“If a child misbehaves persistently, we will discuss reasons and support strategies with parents before moving to a programme of 6pm and Saturday morning detentions, as this has been a successful strategy in turning round our punctuality.
“We will, of course, work with parents and plan so this is convenient to them.”
This strategy comes only weeks after the Mail reported that education chiefs had praised the school and its staff for its efforts in a bid to turnaround its fortunes.
Mrs Sharples added: “We will continue to work hard to make a difference for your children.
“Our partnership with parents is one of the prime factors in enabling the school to move forward so quickly. Parents have helped us to raise standards of punctuality, attendance and homework and have enabled us to promote a feeling of collegiality and community. I thank parents for all their efforts.
“We ask parents for their support in ensuring we secure the highest standards for all our students.”