Code of Conduct
Safe and Calm
- Wear the correct uniform at all times
- Not be seen with electronic equipment/phones/MP3s/earphones in the academy and ensure such items are switched off at all times. If seen they will be confiscated and returned only to parents
- Do not bring valuable or expensive items or large sums of money into the academy: the academy does not accept an responsibility for the loss or replacement of any items which ought not be seen in the academy
- Excessive jewellery is not permitted. One pair of stud, gold or silver, earrings are allowed if smaller than 3 mm in diameter. ‘Rocks’, dangling or hooped earrings are not allowed. Boys cannot wear earrings. Facial/nose/tongue piercings are forbidden. Make up, nail polish, acrylic nails and hair dye are not allowed. Hairstyles must not have designs shaved into them or be shorter than a no.3 cut and no beards or moustaches for boys save for religious reasons
- Remain silent and listen carefully when the teacher is talking to the class
- Sit in lessons according to the teacher’s seating plan
- In lesson time, remember that the bell is the teacher’s signal to end the lesson
- Never wear hoods or caps on the academy site
- Never bring dangerous items into the academy, such as knives, lighters, matches or imitation/any other weapons
- Always walk, keeping to the left, in corridors calmly and with a minimum of noise
Arriving on time
- Arrive in the academy no later than 0820
- Be punctual to all your lessons, arrive before the late bell
- Aim at 100% attendance to the academy
Ready to work
- Carry your Learning Journal at all times
- Be properly equipped: a BDA bag, books, DEAR book, pens, pencils, ruler, eraser, calculator, PE kit on the relevant day
- Stand behind your chair at the start of every lesson until the teacher asks you to be seated
- Never eat or chew in lessons, drink only water in lessons when permitted
- Have your Learning Journal open on your desk at the start of every lesson
- Stop any noise or distraction when the teacher is ready to start the lesson
- Always listen carefully, always do your best
- Put your hand up if you wish to contribute to the lesson
- Go to the toilet in break/lunch time and never during valuable lesson time
Taking Pride in Your Work
- Look after your workbooks and ensure they are free from graffiti and doodles. Remember they have a wide audience: your teacher, parent(s) , subject leaders, the Operational and Strategic Leadership teams, Governors, Inspectors
- Underline titles with a ruler, set out your work neatly and date it
- Record your homework in your Learning Journal
- Record all that you have learnt in your Learning Journal
- Meet all your deadlines for work, homework and coursework
- Know your most recent levels/grades, your target levels/grades and how to reach them
- Act on teachers’ advice when your work is marked and commented upon
Being Thoughtful of Others
- Encourage good relationships with one another
- Line up sensibly before lessons, entering quietly
- Remember that the classroom is always a place of learning
- Do not call out in class; raise your hand to make a contribution
- Never encourage anyone who is stopping the learning of others
- Report any abusive language, aggression, homophobic, racist or sexist comments
- Respect and be proud of the environment, keep it litter-free
- Show good manners and respect to all staff and visitors in the academy, as well as to one another
- Work together to ensure that everyone connected with the academy is free from prejudice and bullying, including inappropriate and hurtful use of the internet/mobile technologies
“…in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…”
Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 7 Verse 12
- Students should aim at 100% attendance.
- Missing days at the academy are costly: 6 lessons a day is over 5 hours of your learning gone and it is very difficult to get this back.
- If you are absent from the academy please ask your parent/carer to phone the Attendance Officer on 020 8735 4950 before 0830 on the first day of your absence.
- When you return to the academy bring a note which explains your absence and hand it to your advisor.
- If for any reason you miss morning or afternoon registration you must sign in for health and safety reasons to the academy at reception. Two lates in a week means you will have a SLT detention on Friday night. Later than 08:35 on any one day means you have a SLT detention: you will have a sticker placed in your planner.
- If you are late in the morning without a note from home that has a valid reason more than 5 times you may be sent home until your parent can come into the academy to have a punctuality review meeting.
- If you are later than the late bell to lessons more than twice you will have an SLT detention on Friday evening.
- Persistent truancy may result in exclusion.
- The academy actively discourages holidays being taken during the term. Learning time is too valuable. Any application for authorisation of a holiday in term time for any length of time must be made in writing at least two weeks before departure.
- Students who have a low attendance rate (i.e. below 84%) will be referred to the Education Welfare Service and their parents may be prosecuted.