Learning Zones

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Red Zone at Wheatley Park School Information for parents and students

The Red Zone is used as a consequence for poor behaviour.

Occasionally we have to deal with an incident of poor behaviour. The purpose of Red Zone is to ensure that poor behaviour leads to a consequence, and to make sure that the student concerned has the opportunity to reflect and to put things right. Red Zone involves up to three hours of silent supervised study, working on tasks which are relevant and purposeful. It is a form of ‘internal exclusion’ which avoids a loss of a day’s education.
After a Red Zone, we meet with parents to ensure that everyone concerned knows what went wrong and to support the return to Green Zone learning.

When do we use Red Zone?

The kinds of behaviours that will lead to Red Zone include the following. The list is not exhaustive but provides examples.

  • Persistent and seriously disruptive behaviour
  • Confrontational behaviour/obscene language towards students or staff including obscenity, offensive language, racist, sexist or homophobic language
  • Fighting/ assault
  • Refusal to cooperate
  • Repeated incidence of smoking
  • Vandalism
  • Theft
  • Anti-social behaviour in the community

The procedure

At the end of each day we investigate any incident of poor behaviour and agree on Red Zone if necessary for the following day. A member of staff calls the parents, using the agreed form. We are very keen to make sure that consequences happen promptly and do not drift.

On the Red Zone day the student arrives at the lodge at 8.30. The process starts with a discussion, and an explanation of what is expected. Mobile phones are handed in and an agreement is made for the day. We make sure that the student has lunch and a snack. The silent study is normally from 9am-2.30pm.The final session of the day is dedicated to reflecting on how the student can behave more appropriately in future. Most students meet the required standard of behaviour, but if they do not, they will have to repeat the Red Zone the following day.

We ask to see parents either just before or just after the Red Zone. We discuss what happened and look at how we can put it right. We put the student on report and the report is monitored and supported so that we know that a lesson has been learned. Any student who fails the Red Zone report may be asked to repeat the Red Zone.

How do we support parents?

We are  flexible about the timing of the parent meeting to readmit the student to Green Zone. We know that most parents appreciate the chance to talk to us about how to get the best out of their child. Most students never enter the Red Zone! For those that do, the majority do not repeat the poor behaviour.

Thank You for supporting this procedure. We appreciate the support of parents.




All students follow the full national curriculum. In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) pupils study English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Music, Drama, French, Geography, History, Religious Education, Design Technology, Physical Education and Computing. In Year 9 some students also study Spanish or Latin

In Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) all subjects can be continued to GCSE level or equivalent. Some subjects, such as English, Mathematics, Science, RE and PE, are compulsory. Youth Award qualifications are introduced, as are GCSEs in subjects such as Business Studies, Media. 

Our Sixth Form offers a broad range of vocational and academic qualifications including AS and A2 level courses in over twenty subjects. We also offer intermediate level courses and vocational A levels in Art and Design, Performing Arts, Business and Media Studies. For more information about courses on offer, visit the Sixth Form web pages.

All subjects are organised in faculties. Heads of Faculty are responsible for the curriculum in their area. Heads of Faculty are:

Arts: Ms R Landrethlearning
Technology & Enterprise: Mr C Bateman
English: Miss C Strange
Humanities: Mr G West
Inclusion: Mr A Greenhalgh
Mathematics: Mr J Gurung
Modern Languages: Mr S Cajkler
Physical Education: Mrs J Green & Mrs L Strange
Science: Mrs L Nell
Library: Mrs G Hood






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