Code of Conduct
Like in any community, we have rules, procedures and expectations that are about keeping everyone safe and promote an inclusive, calm and orderly environment.
These are set out in the Code of Conduct below:
Pupils are to:
- Respect all other people, regardless of race, culture, gender, sexuality and religion.
- Behave in a purposeful, orderly and safe manner.
- Follow the instructions of the teaching and non-teaching staff.
- Wear the full academy uniform.
- Be punctual for the academy and for all lessons.
- Walk on corridors and stairways on the left in single file.
- Line up calmly for lessons in preparation for entering the classroom.
- Sit where directed to by their teachers.
- Leave lessons only when directed by a member of staff.
- Hand in all work on time.
- Have a pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and their planner which is provided by the academy and a suitable bag.
- Be respectful of the academy and other people’s property.
- Work to the best of their ability during lessons.
- Respect teachers and other pupils in lessons by listening and not interrupting or calling out.
- Remain seated during lessons unless given permissions to leave their seat.
Pupils must not:
- Use mobile phones, iPods or other electrical items on the academy site.
- Use bad language or swear anywhere on the academy site.
- Wear make-up or more than one pair of plain small ear-studs in each lobe.
- Smoke or ‘vape’ in or near the academy site.
- Write on desks, walls or the academy fabric.
- Show intimidating or discriminatory behaviour - physically, verbally or otherwise.
- Leave classrooms without permission.
- Chew gum at any time.
- Run along the corridors or on the stairways.
- Interfere with other students' work either physically or verbally.
- Steal academy property or that of other pupils.
- Bring chewing gum, fizzy or energy drinks into school. They are banned and will be confiscated and binned; girls can drink water in lessons.
- Access other pupils' files on the academy's computer network.
- Behave in any way that brings the academy into disrepute.
- Film or take photographs on or near the academy site.
- Misuse social media to bully or intimidate other members of the school community.
If a pupil fails to comply with the Code of Conduct, a range of strategies and sanctions can be used to reinforce our expectations. Again, the list of these below is not intended as a hierarchy to be followed in order, nor is it an exhaustive list. Every situation and pupil is different and some strategies on the list may not be appropriate to the situation or pupil; staff will use their professional judgement to respond to negative behaviours and attitudes, reinforce expectations and ensure a safe, calm and orderly environment.
- Out of lesson incident (-1 point) – disruption during social times.
- Uniform Issue (-1 point).
- Uniform isolation (-2 points).
- Overdue Library Book (-1 point).
- Diary not signed (-1 point).
- Mobile Phone (-1 point) – the phone must be confiscated and handed to reception. Please refer to section on mobile phones.
- Late to school (-1 point) – please refer to the section on punctuality.