Community Expectations

Community Expectations
Conduct and Discipline

All schools need rules to run efficiently and effectively. At St Richard’s we have in place a Code of Conduct. This enables us to safeguard the right of every child to learn without hindrance.  It also ensures our pupils learn self-discipline and the need to take responsibility for themselves and their actions. These are lessons that will serve them well through life. The basic principle of the Code of Conduct is ‘respect for the person and respect for a person’s property’. Pupils must:

  • Show respect to staff and their peers at all times.
  • Act in such a manner that ensures all who come to St Richard’s are able to flourish and grow together in friendship and in faith.
  • Take responsibility for themselves in terms of learning, conduct, homework, uniform and organisation.
  • Respect and not interfere with another person’s property or their right to learn.
  • Exercise tolerance of one another’s differences.
  • Be committed to working together to make positive differences to our community and to the society in which we live.
  • Work together to uphold our school motto of Comitas, Scientia, Caritas

As we are a Catholic school we expect pupils to abide by Christian principles and to show respect and concern for the wider community.

  • Smoking/vaping/smoking e-cigarettes is not allowed on school premises or while travelling to and from school.
  • No cigarettes, e-cigarettes, lighters or matches can be brought to school.
  • No intoxicating substances or illegal substances can be brought into school.
  • There must be no aerosols in school.
  • There must be no chewing gum in school.
  • Canned drinks, including energy drinks, must not be brought into school or consumed on the way to or from school.
  • Mobile telephones are not allowed in school, except with the permission of the Principal, following a written request, when they should be handed in to Reception for safe-keeping and only used for the purpose the parents/carers have requested (e.g. safeguarding reasons). If a telephone is confiscated, a parent/carer will be expected to collect it. It is important to note that the school is not responsible for any pupil’s phone for any reason.
  • Smart watches, such as Apple watches, that allow access to making calls or the internet, are not allowed in school.
  • Electronic devices, speakers, cameras and computer games must not be brought into school or they will be confiscated. Parents/carers will be expected to collect.
  • No expensive equipment should be brought into school, except for the purposes of study and only with prior specific permission.
  • Large sums of money should only be brought in cases of real necessity and handed to the Finance Office for safe keeping.
Movement around school
  • On corridors and stairs, throughout, movement should be in single file, to the right.
  • Pupils must walk sensibly around the building.
  • Pupils must observe entry/exit signs and the one-way system in ‘A’ block.
Break/Lunch Time
  • All pupils must go outside for the duration of morning break and lunch-time, with access to lockers at beginning and end only, unless attending a Club, using the library, or using the dining area/hall.
  • In the case of wet breaks, forms based in the Linkway, ‘B’ and ‘A’ Blocks may remain in classrooms. Forms from the Science and Technology Block and the Art Block must go to the hall.
  • Pupils are allowed to change into trainers to play sports in the playground, but must change back into school shoes when returning to the building.
  • All pupils must respect and follow the instructions of prefects who patrol the corridors at break and lunch-time.
  • Hot food should only be eaten in the Dining Area. Snacks may be taken out of the Dining Area into the playground, but no food is to be eaten in the corridors.
Use of Play Areas
  • No one may play in the car parks.
  • Each year group should use its allocated area in winter.
  • In summer, when the field is in use, the boundary is a line across from the garage and year groups must use their allocated space. The only persons allowed beyond this are those practising sports under supervision. All banks are out of bounds. Pupils are not allowed behind the sports hall.
  • At all times, the staff car park and the area around the bungalow are out of bounds.
  • Any pupil seeking to retrieve a ball from the road must have permission from a member of the duty staff.
  • At the end of the school day, pupils may use the Year 8/9 playground for ball games until 4.00pm, if the space is not required by the PE department.
  • Pupils must only use the toilets allocated to their year group at break time, except in emergency; during lessons, they should use the nearest toilets.
  • Pupils are not allowed out of class to use the toilets unless given permission.
  • Pupils must always leave the toilets in the same state they would wish to find them and will be punished if this is not the case.
  • This is expected for all classes as well as for arrival at school. Pupils must arrive by 8.40am, for a prompt start at 8.45am.
  • If late to school, Community Service will be issued. If persistently late, pupils will go on a punctuality report and receive a pastoral detention.
  • School cannot be accessed earlier than 7.45am.
  • Pupils arriving in school before 8.15am should only enter the building through the main pupil doors. Once they are in, they must either attend a revision class, sit in B7 or sit in the dining area. This is to ensure all pupils can be accounted for in the event of an emergency.
  • Bags must be of a suitable size and appearance to carry all books/ equipment required for school. They must be able to carry A4 folders and be able to be closed securely.
  • Pupils using the dining area must place their bag in the allocated year box in the hall.
  • Apart from form time, access to lockers is restricted to the beginning and end of each break period.
  • Lockers should be used wisely and respected.
  • If locker keys are lost, they must be replaced and paid for. We suggest parents/carers make a copy of the locker key.
Public Transport
  • Pupils should remain seated on buses and trains throughout the journey.
  • Pupils should never put their heads out of bus/train windows.
  • Pupils must stand well back from the train, behind the bump strip, as it approaches the platform. At the end of the school day, Year 7 must line up behind Year 11 (and in term 6 behind Year 10).
  • Bags must not be left in train corridors.
  • Pupils may not cycle on train platforms.
  • Pupils must only be at the station if they are catching a train.
  • Pupils must catch the earliest available train.
  • Train/bus prefects are to be obeyed and respected.
  • Consideration and respect should be shown to the general public at all times. For example, pupils should give way to other pavement users. They should allow other passengers to get on and off the train before they do. They should be mindful of noise and represent their home and school to the highest standards.
  • Pupils are not allowed to use local shops/takeaways or the beach when travelling to or from school. They must return home and change out of uniform before conducting social activities.
  • Pupils must have a cycle pass obtained from their Pastoral Leader before being allowed to cycle to and from school.
  • Pupils must cycle to and from school in an appropriate manner, respectful of all other road and pavement users.
  • Cycles must be equipped with reflectors, brakes and adequate lights.
  • Cycle helmets must be worn.
  • Cycles must be locked in the bicycle storage shelter.