St. Teresa’s Catholic Primary School

Code of Conduct


Our Mission

At St. Teresa’s Catholic School we believe and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. You will find us to be loving, caring and spiritual. We value and respect all; growing and learning together as part of God’s family, to be the best we can be.

St. Teresa’s Catholic Primary School community consists of children, parents, staff, governors and parishioners. Together they work to fulfil the aims of the school. It is each individual’s role and responsibility to promote positive behaviour and enhance the self esteem not only of the children but of all in the community by encouraging good conduct and creating an environment where learning and growing can flourish.

 

Following the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ from Matthew 7:12, known as the golden rule:


“So always treat others as you would like them to treat you”.

 

Everyone is to act with courtesy and consideration to others at all times

 

In considering a Code of Conduct that is valid and of use to St. Teresa’s school community one needs to have an appreciation of the place of such a code in the context of a Catholic education. The school is part of the local Catholic community and therefore part of the Catholic community throughout the world. Its values, expectations and desire to grow place it within the family of the Church; a family of Love, Tolerance and Respect. This document aims to support these three areas by providing, in effect, terms of reference for every member of the community.

 

The document ‘Christ at the Centre’ produced by the former DSC - Diocesan Schools Commission, now the DES – Diocesan Education Service, considers why and how Catholic education is provided in Catholic schools.

The document makes clear that the Church provides Catholic schools to:

  • Assist in its mission of making Christ known to all people.

  • Assist parents, who are the primary educators of their children, in the education and religious formation of their children.

  • Be at the service of the local church-the diocese, the parish and the Christian home.

  • Be a service to society.

As members of the school community we strive to develop our relationships with God, in doing so this should, and must, influence our relationships with one another. Every individual matters, and through God we have an inherent dignity and a God given vocation. There are broad and generally well understood norms of behaviour which are relevant to all, these exist in all relationships, but consideration of the responsibilities of and expectations upon staff, parents and children follows.

 

As members of a Catholic School our words and actions should reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ.

 

The responsibility of Staff:

  • To support the distinctive Catholic nature of the school.

  • To teach the Catholic faith and to be faithful to the teachings of the Church by word and example.

  • To offer to the children a balanced curriculum and ensure that the work offered is related to each child’s level of learning and potential.

  • To ensure that parents are informed about and involved in the child’s educational progress.

  • To respect colleagues. To listen to their point of view, to seek to work together for the benefit of the children in our care. Where differences in opinion or approach exist to seek to resolve these informally and discretely. To recognise that our thoughts, words and actions reflect on oneself both personally and professionally.

  • To respect children, listen to them and speak to them in an appropriate manner.

  • Employees are in a position of trust and have a duty to protect young people from harm and maintain appropriate boundaries.

  • Maintain high standards of honesty and integrity in their work.

  • To relate to others in a professional manner.

  • Contact parents/carers with any concerns or problems affecting your child's work or behaviour.

  • Contact parents/carers if there is a problem with attendance, punctuality or equipment.

  • Welcome all to our school community.

The responsibility of the Parents:

  • :To support the distinctive Catholic nature of the school.

  • Any concerns about the school should be shared privately with the head teacher and/or the relevant school staff. Criticism in front of the children will serve to undermine their confidence and positive attitude to school and learning.

  • To ensure that the child knows that school is a place for learning and that their child does not have the right to interfere or adversely affect the learning of others.

  • To explain to children that they must respect all members of the school community. Anti social behaviour will not be tolerated.

  • To ensure that the child attends school and is punctual. Parents need to recognise that time spent away will hinder educational progress.

  • To ensure that the child is fit for school. For example; making sure the child has had enough sleep, is clean, their uniform is clean, that they are well enough to attend.

  • To be courteous in engaging with all members of the school community. Unacceptable behaviour such as discrimination, bullying, harassment or intimidation and any form of threat is not tolerated. This includes physical and verbal abuse and use of inappropriate language or behaviour to staff, pupils or other parents. Such behaviours and will be acted upon by the Senior Leaders of the School and Governing Body, this is likely to entail engaging outside agencies such as the police, school and governor support (to establish legal positions) and Local Authority legal services.

The responsibility of pupils:

  • To be polite, kind and considerate to everyone in our community.

  • To learn to listen to people’s points of view.

  • To work hard and do their best.

  • To do nothing that prevents others from working and learning.

  • To contribute in keeping the school clean and tidy.

  • To behave appropriately for the ranges of settings that they will experience (classroom, playground, hall, church, school visits).

  • To move sensibly and with due care around the school.

  • To take responsibility for completing homework and making sure that it is returned on time.

  • To take responsibility for their actions.

  • To have the appropriate resources in school; for example P.E. kit.

  • To wear the correct school uniform and strive to be smart in appearance at all times.

 

Other groups, including visitors to the school, are expected to show the same levels of consideration and respect whilst working in school or with members of the school community.

 

St. Teresa’s Catholic Primary School is committed to encouraging good behaviour in an atmosphere of mutual respect. This is to be a reality if the school is to be successful in the four aspects of its role as a Catholic School provided by the Church. The community has values and expectations of itself that all who choose to be part of that community; be they child, parent or staff member is to adhere to so that each individual can grow in the Grace of God and in grace with each other. The school community strives to follow the example set by our Lord Jesus Christ. John 13:34 states:

 

“I give you a new commandment: love one another; just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.”

 

It is the responsibility of all in the school community to work to achieve this aim. This document is to be of service to the community in doing so.

 

Code of Conduct discussed by the Ethos Committee on 14th February, 27th June and 3rd October 2011

Consultation with staff on 26thApril 2011

Consultation with parents/guardians from 7th to 14th October 2011

Presented to the Full Governing Body on: 17th October 2011

Agreed by Full Governing Body on: 17th October 2011

Reviewed and Agreed by Full Governing Body on: 8th October 2012