Code of Conduct
I G N A T I A N C O D E O F
C O N D U C T - I C C
Behaviour for Learning Policy
“School policy and school life encourage mutual respect; they promote the human dignity and human rights of each person, adult and young, in the educational community.” (Characteristics, 79)
“A particular strength of the school is the outstanding promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development which underpins their good behaviour and makes a strong contribution to their good learning.” (OfSTED May 2011)
“It is at the heart of the school’s ethos and is the key factor that underpins pupils’ good learning and progress and the good care, guidance and support they receive. The school’s work as a specialist humanities college makes a strong contribution to raising standards and provides pupils with opportunities to contribute to the wider community. Pupils’ behaviour and safety are good.” (OfSTED May 2011)
“The school is very effective in meeting its duties to promote equality and tackle discrimination to create a harmonious environment where pupils from a very wide range of ethnic backgrounds work together and respect each other. Safeguarding is robust. Pupils are unfailingly polite, articulate and friendly, and they behave well in most lessons and around the school.” (OfSTED May 2011)
Aims & Values
We aim to create an educational community which:
- Encourages the fullest possible development of talents and personal qualities for the Greater Glory of God.
- Produces individuals of competence, conscience and compassion who will be Men for Others.
- Creates and develops a school culture that is positive, caring and sensitive to the needs of others.
- Promotes self-esteem, consideration and respect for others acknowledging their rights and responsibilities.
- Sets clear expectations for high standards of attendance, punctuality, appearance, personal organisation, work and behaviour.
- Promotes the acceptance of the equality of human beings independent of individual differences, knowledge, information, abilities and position.
- Creates an atmosphere of learning in the classroom that is inspiring, stimulating and engaging.
- Protects all adults and children and fosters an environment that is safe, caring and which creates a sense of belonging.
- Promotes a sense of collective ownership through leadership and development involving all members of the community working together to make learning both a worthwhile and happy experience.
- Reflects upon the expectation both within and outside the classroom.
- These aims will be achieved by:
- Striving to implement the Jesuit Mission Statement for
- Acknowledging, encouraging and rewarding good work,
behaviour, punctuality and attendance.
- Promoting these aims in all lessons and assemblies, times of
collective worship, during religious education provision, and
components of personal, social and health education and
- The work of pastoral care which includes spiritual and
academic leadership and guidance and support for pupils,
parents and staff when things go wrong.
- A commitment to follow the racial Equality & Diversity policy.
- A range of sanctions to discourage poor work, behaviour,
punctuality and attendance.
- Publishing and promoting a clear Code of Conduct; for the
classroom, corridor and playground.
- Having a structured and effective system of pupil supervision.
Particularly at break times and lunchtimes.
- A commitment to the Health & Safety policy.
- Encouraging as many pupils as possible to join in a wide range
of activities both curricular and extra-curricular to promote a
sense of ownership.
- Providing continuous professional development for staff.
- Regularly reviewing and evaluating policy and practice
involving all sections of the College community where
THE BOYS OF THE COLLEGE ARE TO:
Become Men for Others by
- Being polite and co-operative to everyone you meet.
- Listening carefully and following instructions that are being given.
- Behaving in a calm and orderly fashion when moving around school and travelling to and from school.
Show respect by
- Taking care of your property and that of others.
- Treating all school equipment and furnishings thoughtfully.
- Taking care of fellow pupils and staff.
- Keeping the school environment clean and tidy.
- Only eating and drinking in designated areas of the College.
Display high standards of Punctuality & Attendance by
- Fully complying with the school’s Attendance & Punctuality Policy.
- Arriving on time for school, lessons and all other scheduled activities in school.
- Moving quickly and directly between lessons.
- Avoiding making other people wait for you/disrupting activities by late arrival.
Take Personal Responsibility for themselves in school by
- Ensuring that they have all necessary books and equipment for their lessons.
- Completing classwork, homework and coursework to the best of their ability.
- Keeping an accurate record of work set and other relevant information in their planner.
- Wearing the school uniform correctly so that they are smartly presented and a credit to themselves, the College and their family. Ties worn properly, top buttons done up and shirt tucked in.
- Keeping their hair tidy and not dying/colouring their hair or having extreme haircuts and styles.
- Remembering that no jewellery is permitted, such as earrings and chains.
- Remembering that shaved eyebrows, cut trousers at the bottom seam, trousers worn inappropriately low are completely unacceptable at the College.
- Remembering any gang related paraphernalia has no place at the College.
- Remembering that grooming another pupil for gang related activity is not acceptable.
- Leaving valuables at home and not bringing to school any large sum of money. This includes mobile phones; electronic entertainment equipment such as PSPs, MP3, ipods etc.
- Making no derogatory or offensive remarks in any form to others, especially those of a sexist, racist, or homophobic nature.
- Reporting difficulties or problems to an appropriate member of staff directly or via SHARP. Always attempting to seek a satisfactory resolution.
- Maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct on public transport and in public places.
- Never being in possession of illegal substances or dangerous items.
- Taking letters and other communications home and delivering them promptly and safely.
- Attending Parents’ Evenings.
- Accepting that physical aggression towards another pupil is not play. Play fighting, or rough horseplay, is not accepted as an excuse or a defence for unacceptable behaviour.
- Striving to match the Jesuit School Leavers’ Profile to the best of their ability.
CLASSROOM CODE OF CONDUCT
The boys of the College are required to:
- Arrive on time for every lesson and registration. Line up in twos. Enter the room when instructed in silence. Once in, settle down quickly.
- Listen carefully to instructions and follow them.
- Always have the correct books, a fully equipped pencil case, kit, clothing and other equipment needed.
- Participate with a positive attitude.
- Complete classwork and homework to the best of their ability while taking pride in their work.
- Respect others’ contribution, work effort and point of view. Do not disturb others from learning.
- Ask when they are not sure about something. Wait for a teacher to answer. Do not call out or engage in cross talk (gaining the attention of another pupil across the room to the detriment of the learning of others).
- Stand up if a teacher enters the room. Remember to use “excuse me, please and thank you”. Courtesy is important.
- Leave the lesson in an orderly manner on the teacher’s instruction.
- Take care of their school. Look after the environment. No eating or drinking in class except water at the teacher’s discretion.
THE STAFF OF THE COLLEGE ARE TO:
Be Men and Women for Others and:
- Are expected to achieve the aims of the College.
- Set expectations of high standards of work, behaviour, attendance, appearance and personal organisation and to monitor those standards.
- Provide a safe environment for those in our duty of care including pupil supervision as appropriate.
- Follow the College Guidance on physical contact and conduct with pupils.
- Follow Child Protection Procedures as necessary.
- Develop good working relationships with pupils and colleagues.
- Endeavour to provide and monitor learning experiences which are inspiring, stimulating and engaging for pupils of all levels of ability.
- Set and mark appropriate classwork and homework, record assessments and provide feedback to pupils.
- Direct pupils to record homework in planners.
- Provide positive encouragement.
- Offer guidance on how to behave well.
- Give support to individuals when things go wrong.
- Ensure that parents and pupils know expectations regarding equipment and clothing.
- Respond appropriately to parental or pupil concerns.
- To check and sign pupil planners every week when acting as a Form Tutor.
- Seek to keep parents and pupils informed of College policies and changes to them.
- Be aware of the College protocol on playground and wet weather duty.
- Hold annual parents’ evenings and produce annual and interim reports on pupil progress and attendance.
- Be trained to complete official proformas and use proformas provided for witness statements.
THE PARENTS OF THE BOYS OF THE COLLEGE ARE TO:
- Be supportive of the College aims.
- Be supportive of the College Code of Conduct and support the school if sanctions become necessary.
- Have their concerns and cases dealt with on an individual basis.
- Establish and maintain positive relationships with staff at the College.
- Be supportive of the College dress and appearance codes in relation to their son(s).
- Help their son maintain high standards of punctuality and attendance.
- Inform the College of their son’s absence from school.
- Ensure all trips, holidays etc are taken during holiday time as no permission will be given to take your son out of school during term time.
- Seek prior permission if their son is to be taken out during term time for special circumstances.
- Show an active interest in work and progress.
- Endeavour to provide the right conditions for completing homework.
- Read all correspondence from the College and respond promptly where necessary.
- Attend the annual parents’ evening and any special meetings when invited.
- Encourage their son to achieve high standards in all aspects of College life.
- Encourage their son to respect the environment of the College.
- Check their son has completed the homework set and sign their planner every week in acknowledgement.
THE GOVERNORS ARE TO:
- Support the Headmaster in maintaining high standards of discipline, personal appearance and attendance within the whole College community.
- Meet with parents and pupils where appropriate to discuss behavioural issues.
- Assist with any review of the Code of Conduct and, where appropriate, serve on the Disciplinary Committee.
We should stress that;
The College’s main efforts are focussed on encouraging good behaviour as set out above.
The vast majority of our pupils behave excellently all the time.