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About West Coventry Academy

School Aims & Ethos - The 4Rs

The 4Rs are central to the ethos of West Coventry Academy. They enable us to develop a common language and set of expectations across the school community.

The 4 Rs involve being

  • Respectful

  • Responsible

  • Resilient

  • Ready to Learn

In practice, this means that we expect students, staff, parents and governors to model these core values.


Student Expectations


  • Students show respect for themselves, their peers, staff and the community.
  • Communicate with others in a calm and respectful manner
  • Listen and respect other people’s views
  • Have respect for the school site and learning environment
  • Have a healthy, active and proactive lifestyle, with self-respect and self-discipline
  • Recognition that respect for effort brings reward


  • Students are responsible for their own behaviour and their consequences.
  • Students are responsible for their own learning
  • Students are responsible for wearing the correct uniform, bringing the correct books and equipment to school.
  • Students are responsible to complete their work (including homework)
  • Students are responsible to attend/complete any sanctions issued due to inappropriate behaviour or missed work.
  • Students are responsible to report any inappropriate behaviour to an appropriate adult


  • Students become more resilient when they realise that it is important to make mistakes and learn from them
  • When finding work difficult, students should not just give up
    • Re-read the work, look at previous work, have another go!
    • Only ask for help when the above has been done
  • Have high expectations of yourself
  • Learn from experiences, in order to become stronger and better at tackling the next challenge

Ready to Learn

  • Students attend school in correct uniform, on time and with the correct equipment books
  • Be punctual for all lessons, enter rooms calmly, take out equipment and start the Do Now in silence
  • Make sure all home and prior learning tasks have been completed
  • Have the right attitude to learn and actively engage in lessons

Staff Expectations


  • Staff model respectful behaviour to promote a culture of mutual respect
  • Communicate with others in a calm and respectful manner
  • Feedback on work respectfully, showing students that their work and effort has been valued.
  • Show respect through being fair and consistent when dealing with students
  • Promote that respect for effort brings reward


  • Staff are responsible for creating a positive and calm learning environment
  • Teachers are responsible for delivering well planned and meaningful learning experiences
  • Teachers understand the responsibility of their role as a tutor
  • Staff understand the responsibility of working in a school
  • Staff are responsible for modelling expectations
  • Staff are responsible for challenging poor behaviour and uphold school policies consistently.


  • Support the whole school community to build resilience
  • Identify vulnerable students that may have barriers to learning, support them in reducing barriers and equip them with the skills to build their resilience
  • Praise student’s efforts
  • Teach students that we learn from make mistakes
  • Be open and flexible to new initiatives
  • Develop a Growth Mindset

Ready to Learn

  • Ensure lessons are well planned and have impact for all students
  • Ensure you are punctual to lessons and greet the students in a positive way
  • Ensure school rules are applied consistently and fairly
  • Listen to student concerns and help students overcome barriers to learning
  • Empower students to become independent learners

Parent Expectations


  • Promote respectful behaviour within their families
  • Communicate with the school in a calm and respectful manner
  • Respect that all school decisions they are made with best interests of the students
  • Respect the school rules and explain to their child the importance of them
  • Respect the importance of education and teach their child the value of it
  • Promote that respect for effort brings reward


  • Parents are responsible for their child’s attendance and behaviour
  • Parents are responsible to ensure their child is kept safe and well.
  • Parents are responsible to ensure their child has the correct uniform and equipment.
  • Parents are responsible for communicating with the school to flag any issues that may affect their child’s learning.
  • Parents are responsible challenge poor behaviour and celebrate success


  • Build up their child’s resilience through supporting them emotionally and helping them to show determination in the face of adversity
  • Promote the importance of “Learning from mistakes”
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude about education and their child
  • Praise their child’s efforts and not just their academic achievements

Ready to Learn

  • Ensure their child attends school on time, in the correct uniform and with the right books/equipment
  • Support their child with their learning
  • Develop a partnership with the school
  • Keep track of their child’s homework and behaviour by accessing classcharts regularly
  • Encourage their child to read and to become an independent learner

Files to Download

WCA Behaviour For Learning Framework
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WCA Behaviour For Learning Policy
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4Rs Student Expectations
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4Rs Staff Expectations
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4Rs Governor Expectations
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4Rs Parent Expectations
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Students and the 4Rs
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Staged Approach to Behaviour
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Consequence Points
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Recognising Rewards
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