Code of Conduct

St Thomas More Catholic School community is a place where every individual should be treated with respect and dignity. The code of conduct exists so that the school is a safe, orderly and happy environment where pupils can learn to the best of their ability. Belonging to a Christian community means we all have to have a concern for the well-being of others and co-operate with them. The care and concern that we show ourselves and others in school should extend to our families, parishes and communities. We encourage good behaviour through a system of rewards. Punishments are given to any pupils who fail to follow the expectations of the school regarding behaviour and conduct.


Respect and Consideration for Others:

  • Pupils must respond to any reasonable request made by a member of staff immediately, positively and without question Pupils must show respect for all members of the school at all times in the way they speak and in the way they behave
  • Pupils must show respect and consideration to all people they meet outside school, including the journey to and from school – particularly on buses and school trips
  • Pupils must always stand when an adult enters the room
  • Pupils must hold the door for anyone walking behind them
  • Staff will be addressed as Sir or Miss

Uniform

  • Pupils must be dressed properly in full school uniform
  • Extreme haircuts and unnatural colours are not acceptable
  • Trainers must not be worn
  • Jewellery is not allowed (apart from a wristwatch)
  • Make-up and nail varnish are not allowed in years 7-11

Equipment

  • A bag suitable for carrying books and equipment to and from school
  • Be properly equipped for every lesson (pen, pencil, ruler, sharpener and eraser in a pencil case, and a calculator for Mathematics lessons)
  • You must bring the correct kit and equipment for PE and practical lessons

Around the School

  • Movement inside and outside the school buildings should always be quiet and orderly.
  • Pupils must keep to the left at all times
  • Pupils must not enter classrooms without permission
  • Pupils must enter/leave the school building by the nearest entrance/exit

During Lessons

  • All instructions given by the teacher must be followed.
  • Pupils must concentrate and work to the best of their ability
  • Pupils must respect the rights of everyone to learn. No-one must disrupt or interfere with the learning of others

Food

  • Do not eat in the school buildings, except in the Dining Room
  • Chewing gum is not allowed
  • Litter must be put into the bins provided
  • Eating is not permitted in lessons
  • Energy drinks are not permitted in school
  • Pupils may drink water in lessons

Personal Property

  • Pupils should not bring expensive items into school – the school will not accept responsibility for the theft or loss of any items
  • All property and clothing should be clearly marked with the pupil’s name
  • Mobile phones must be out of sight during the day and only used under the direction of the teacher.

Harmful Substances

  • Under no circumstances must pupils bring alcohol, tobacco or drugs into school

Off Site

  • Pupils in years 7-9 must remain on site all day
  • Years 10 and 11 pupils will be allowed off site for lunch, provided the criteria for this privilege have been met.
  • Years 12 and 13 may go off site for lunch

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