Even in well ordered societies such as the Academy, there will inevitably be occasions when firm discipline is required. The unique St Samuel’s educational philosophy stresses, however, that physical punishment alone is frequently insufficient. If bad behaviour derives from psychological roots, then psychologically challenging remedies must, we believe, be employed to counter it.
Each Academy campus holds to the principle that discipline should be fair but firm. As followers of the English public school tradition, we entrust discipline to both teachers and a small number of our more responsible pupils who are appointed as prefects.
Pupils are regularly disciplined for poor quality work, lack of effort or misbehaviour. The St Samuel’s philosophy is that discipline should be imposed swiftly and effectively.
It almost invariably, therefore, takes the form of immediate corporal punishment that may involve the use of a cane or the hand (a helping hand to boys in need) at the Academy’s discretion.