Parents Code of Conduct (and Family Members)
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School
Good behaviour and discipline are key foundations for a good education. Without an orderly atmosphere, effective teaching and learning cannot take place. We expect and insist on the highest standards of behaviour throughout our school. We believe staff, parents and children are entitled to a safe and protective environment in which to work. Behaviour that will cause harassment, alarm or distress to users of the premises is contrary to the aims of the school.
At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School we are very fortunate to have a supportive and friendly parent body and we value the positive relationships that are established as your child starts their school life with us.
Our parents recognise that educating children is a process that involves partnership between parents, class teachers and the whole school community. As a partnership, our parents will understand the importance of a good working relationship to equip children with the necessary skills for adulthood. We encourage close links with parents and the community and believe that pupils benefit when the relationship between home and school is a positive one.
It is important that all parents develop a good relationship with their child’s class teacher so that they can discuss issues with the person who is best able to tell you about your child’s learning, friendships, behaviour and emotional needs while they have been at school with us.
The adults who teach, work with and meet your children are expected to be role models and we would not allow any adult presence in school that would undermine that core principle – we do not want children to demonstrate unacceptable behaviour themselves nor do we want them to be exposed to unacceptable behaviour from the adults that they trust.
The purpose of this policy is to provide a reminder to all parents, carers and visitors to our school about the expected conduct for all adults who visit the school site. This is so we can continue to flourish, make progress and achieve in an atmosphere of mutual understanding.
We expect parents, carers and visitors to:
In addition, we expect parents to be fully supportive of all school policies and procedures. This includes the Attendance and Punctuality Policy which is there to support full time school attendance by all pupils. Parents are expected to cooperate with any school intervention that allows us to help pupils increase and improve poor attendance. Failure to support the school will result in the appropriate legal response including court appearances and fines. Pupils should be aiming for 97%+ attendance(95%+ in Year R).
The Governing Body expects parents, carers and visitors to show respect for others by…
In order to keep the building safe we do not allow parents or visitors to access the school by any external door except the main school entrance. The school is not a short cut to avoid a walk along Trittiford Road. Parents and visitors here to attend meetings will sign in at the main entrance and will wear a visitor sticker. On assembly days staff will allow entrance through the main playground door and will record who enters.
In order to support a peaceful and safe school environment the school cannot tolerate parents, carers and visitors exhibiting the following…
Please note that staff may at time respond to parent’s telephone calls or emails. This does not allow parents to circumvent the usual communication channels. Staff are not required to respond to parent emails after their working day ends, at weekends or evenings or if they feel that an email communication could be misinterpreted or misused. If you do not receive a reply to an email then please telephone the school office for an appointment with the teacher you wish to see.
Section 547 of the Education Act 1996 makes it an offence for any person to be on school premises to cause or permit a nuisance or disturbance and allows for the removal and prosecution of any person believed to have committed an offence.
A parent of a child attending a school normally has implied permission to be on school premises at certain times and for certain purposes, but if the parent’s behaviour is unreasonable, this permission may be withdrawn. This also applies to all other individuals invited into the school for other reasons.
Parents, carers or other visitors exhibiting unacceptable behaviour could receive a ban which prevents access to the school premises imposed on them. Should they ignore this ban, they would then become a trespasser on the school site. The Governing Body, in conjunction with the Head Teacher and Birmingham Local Authority, will take the lead in authorising the removal of a person believed to be causing a nuisance or disturbance, and, if necessary, will bring legal proceedings against them.
We all have a shared understanding of how to provide a safe and happy environment for the children of Our Lady of Lourdes. We trust that parents and carers will assist our school with the implementation of this policy and we thank you for your continuing support of the school.
July 2017 (updated)
Inappropriate use of Social Network Sites
Social media websites are being used increasingly to fuel campaigns and complaints against schools, Head Teachers, school staff, and in some cases other parents or pupils. Parents must not engage in any action that could be deemed slanderous or libellous to the school or any member of staff that works here. They must also monitor the behaviour of their children in publically accessible social media sites such as Instagram, Snapchat, What’s app, Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.
The Department for Education/Government and Governors of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School considers social media websites being used as a means of targeting the school or its staff and pupils as unacceptable.
Any concerns you may have about the school or your child/children must be made through the appropriate channels as outlined above, where they will be dealt with fairly, appropriately and effectively for all concerned with the child at the centre of any decisions that are made.
Libellous or Defamatory Posts - In the event that any pupil or parent/carer of a child/children at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School is found to be posting libellous or defamatory comments on Facebook or other social network sites, they will be reported to the appropriate 'report abuse' section of the network site. All social network sites have clear rules about the content which can be posted on the site and they provide robust mechanisms to report contact or activity which breaches this. The school will also expect that any parent/carer or pupil removes such comments immediately.
Cyber Bullying – we take very seriously the use of cyber bullying by one child or a parent to publicly humiliate another by inappropriate social network entry. We will take and deal with this as a serious incident of school bullying.
The school will also consider its legal options to deal with any such misuse on social networking and other sites.
Policy Consultation: Initially February 2016/ Updated February 2017/Updated July 2017
Policy Implementation: Immediate
GB Ratification of Policy: December 2016
Anticipated Review Date: September 2017
Person Responsible: Mrs P David (Head Teacher)Queries about the content of this policy should be addressed to the Head Teacher