Community Expectations

Community Expectations
Conduct and Discipline

Every organisation needs rules to run efficiently and effectively. At St Richard’s we have in place a strict 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.
  • 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.


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

  • Smoking is not allowed on college premises or while travelling to and from college.
  • No cigarettes, e-cigarettes, lighters or matches should be brought to college.
  • No intoxicating substances or illegal substances should be brought into college.
  • There should be no aerosols in college.
  • There should be no chewing gum in college.
  • Canned drinks must not be brought in to college.
  • iPods, MP3 players, cameras and computer games should not be brought into college or they will be confiscated. Parents/carers will be expected to collect.
  • No expensive equipment should be brought into college, 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.
  • Mobile telephones are not allowed in college, except with the permission of the Principal, following a written request, when they should be handed in to Reception for safe-keeping. If a telephone is confiscated, a parent/carer will be expected to collect it.
Movement around College
  • On corridors and stairs, throughout, movement should be in single file, to the right.
  • Pupils must walk sensibly around the building.
  • Pupils should observe entry/exit signs and the one-way system in ‘A’ block.
  • If a pupil needs to leave a class during lessons then a note should be made in his/her journal by the relevant teacher and the journal carried with the pupil.
Break/Lunch Time
  • All pupils should go outside for the duration of morning break and lunch-time, with access to lockers at beginning and end only.
  • 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 Creative/Expressive Arts Block must go to the hall.
  • Younger pupils must respect and follow the instructions of prefects who patrol the corridors at break and lunch-time.
  • Food should only be eaten in designated areas. Hot food and drinks should not be taken out of the canteen and 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 playground in winter.
  • In summer, when the field is in use, the boundary is a line across from the shed. The only persons allowed beyond this are those practising sports under supervision. All banks are out of bounds.
  • At all times, the staff car park and the area around the caretaker’s 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. Pupils must not enter the Caretaker’s grounds.
  • Pupils should only use the toilets allocated to their year group, except in emergency.
  • Pupils are not allowed out of class to use the toilets unless given permission.
  • This is expected for all classes as well as for arrival at college. Pupils should arrive by 8.40am, for a prompt start at 8.45am.
  • Pupils arriving in school before 8.15am should only enter the building to attend revision classes, sit in A2 or sit in the dining area, once they have used their lockers. This is to ensure all pupils can be accounted for in the event of an emergency.
  • No handbags are allowed in college. Bags must be of a suitable size and appearance to carry all books/equipment required for college. They should 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.
  • Bags should be removed from shoulders when moving around the college.
  • 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.
Public Transport
  • Pupils should remain seated on buses and trains throughout the journey.
  • Pupils should never put their heads out of bus windows.
  • Pupils must stand well back from the train as it approaches the platform.
  • Bags should not be left in train corridors.
  • Pupils may not cycle on train platforms.
  • Pupils should 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.
  • Replacement bus passes, for those who are entitled to free transport, should be ordered and paid for in Reception.
  • Pupils are not allowed to use local shops/takeaways or the beach travelling home from school.
  • Pupils must have a cycle pass obtained from their Pastoral Leader before being allowed to cycle to and from college.
  • Cycles must be equipped with reflectors and adequate lights.
  • Cycle helmets must be worn.
  • Cycles should be locked in the bicycle storage shelter.