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Behaviour

The school is a community which exists to promote the education of all its pupils.

Everyone has to abide by certain basic rules and standards of behaviour if the work of the school is to go successfully ahead.

Pupil and Authority

The rules and regulations of school are drawn up to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the school community and to protect the pupil’s right to learn. A pupil should carry out all reasonable instructions given by a member of school staff. Pupils have the reasons for each of these rules explained to them.

Pupil and Work

In order to benefit from what the school has to offer a pupil should be punctual for all activities and should not be absent from school or any timetabled activity without reasonable cause. The pupil should give attention to the work assigned in class, for preparation at home, or in other study time. All pupils should develop the habit of careful concentration on the tasks which are set by members of staff, whether oral, written or practical. It is important for pupils to have with them and use sensibly the books, equipment, materials and clothing which are appropriate for the work to be undertaken.

Pupil and Teacher

All pupils should accept that teachers are attempting to help the individual and the class to learn. The pupils will be treated with courtesy and should respond with courtesy. Teachers have a right to expect co-operation.

Pupil and Pupil

Pupils should behave towards each other in the same way they would like to be treated by other people.

Pupil and Property

Pupils must take care of all books, equipment, buildings and open spaces provided for them so that everyone obtains continuing benefit from their use. Other people and their property are to be respected. Whether property is private or public, the same degree of care must be taken.

Pupil and Public

The behaviour of pupils outside school should reflect the same habits of courtesy and consideration for others which are expected in school.

In Seafield this guidance is explained to pupils in the following terms:-

1. Learning to be a useful Member of Society

The school rules have been framed to foster the child’s respect for himself and to develop consideration for others and the property of others.

They are similar to those operating in every good home and may be grouped as follows:-

a) Learning Self Control

  • tell the truth (no matter how bad things seem)
  • settle your arguments without fighting or calling names
  • choose your friends carefully
  • walk away from gangs and wrong-doing
  • tell your parents or your teacher if you are in any sort of difficulty or trouble
  • treat others as you wish them to treat you
  • if bullied or hit tell a teacher or supervisor. Do not take the law into your own hands.

b) Keeping safe

  • walk in the corridors and on the stairs
  • put litter in a bin
  • stay in the playground at break (and at lunch time if you have school meals)
  • do not throw stones.

c) Care of property

  • have your name on your personal property
  • treat school and school equipment as if they belong to you and your parents (they do indeed since they are paid for by Income Tax and Council Tax)
  • leave your bicycle at home unless you have a licence.

Pupils are given encouragement and praise for effort and fair dealing; minor misdemeanours are dealt with fairly and with understanding; but impertinence, lying, stealing and bullying will neither be overlooked nor condoned.

The right of all pupils to learn and to profit from their school days must be upheld.

Sanctions

If all forms of positive encouragement towards acceptable social behaviour fail, sanctions will be employed.

Parents are always informed if the school is concerned by a child’s difficulty in achieving acceptable behaviour.

The Head Teacher is readily available to see parents by appointment.

Sanctions which may be used include:-

a) debarment from a school team or activity

b) detention

c) the setting of a piece of extra work to be completed outwith school time

d) exclusion from school

The school will suggest the involvement of the Child Guidance Service in some cases. Experience has shown intervention by this service to be most helpful to school staff and parents alike