Secondary school bans students from talking in the corridors to keep them calm
Students caught talking in the corridor can get detention.
A secondary school in Birmingham will ban pupils from talking to each other between lessons as part of a new 'silent corridor' rule.
According to the BBC, after this rule is implemented, any student that is caught talking in the corridors will face the prospect of detention for breaking the rule.
From 5 November, students at Ninestiles in Acocks Green, Birmingham, will be expected to walk around their school in silence.
1,345 pupils aged between 11-18 attend the school.
The new rule was made public after a letter was circulated stating the intentions of the school.
The letter said that this new rule "will ensure students arrive calmly and ready to learn, and staff can give out any information they need to swiftly and easily" and that "noise is not permissible" once the school day has started.
According to the Guardian, who obtained a thorough copy of the letter, the school has stressed that “all student movement including to and from assembly, at lesson changeover and towards communal areas at break and lunch” would be carried out in silence.
Pupils are allowed to speak to each other at designated areas during specific break and lunch times; any student that breaks this silent corridor policy will face a 20-minute detention.
Repeated failure to adhere to this new rule will result in an "appropriate escalation of sanctions".
Acting co-headteachers Alex Hughes and Andrea Stephens released a statement in defence of this policy, which read: “Ninestiles is committed to the highest standards of behaviour and we know that students arriving to lessons ready to learn can be further supported by doing so in silence at certain points in the day.
"This is already an expectation for arrival at exams and during fire drills and, as such, is simply an extension of that code of behaviour. We will review this change at the end of Term 2 and the views of our students, parents and carers will be welcomed as part of that process.”