Rules & Guidelines

Rules and Guidelines

The authority of the school with respect to the students includes all occasions when the students are wearing school uniform at school, participating in a school activity outside of the school, travelling to or from school, or whenever they are identifiable as members of the school (whether in school uniform or not).

Attendance

Students are required to be at school each day it is open, unless prevented from attending by sickness or any other circumstances beyond their control. Absences should be notified by telephone 375 7057 ext 237 or email to the attendance officer first thing in the morning.  If this is not done, an absence note must be handed to the student’s Form Tutor on the day they return to school. Dental and medical appointments should not occur during school time if at all possible.

If a student has been absent without explanation for one or more periods on any given day, a text message will be sent to parents/caregivers notifying them of the absence at the end of that day.

Applications for leave must be made in writing in advance to the Headmaster.

Alcohol and Drugs

The following is a summary of the Board of Trustees policy on Alcohol and Drugs:

  • The school accepts its responsibility, alongside parents, of educating the students in the harmful consequences of alcohol misuse and the use of illegal drugs.
  • To this end any student who seeks help in this area will be dealt with in a supportive and positive way. A Guidance Counsellor is the best person to approach for this help.
  • Any student possessing or supplying alcohol or illegal drugs is likely to face the most serious consequences (exclusions from school could result).
  • There will be no use of alcohol by students in social situations where they are identifiable as members of the school and are under the direct responsibility of a staff member.
  • The use of tobacco by students is prohibited at all times, including during travel to and from school.

Cell phones

Are not permitted to be used or turned on at school during class time (8.35am-3.00pm). They are permitted to be turned on at intervals and lunchtimes.

Code of Conduct

This sets out our responsibilities and rights. Parents are expected to read this and the school’s Rules and Regulations before making an application for enrolment of their son. All students are required to abide by the school’s Rules and Regulations.

Students involved in acts of theft or violence, in the use of offensive language, as well as infringements of the school’s alcohol and drugs policy are likely to face the most serious of consequences (exclusions from school could result).

Compliance System

Students are required to have good attendance and good work habits in their classes if they wish to participate in co-curricular events during school time.

Damage to school property

Damage as a result of negligence or mischief will be charged to the student concerned.

Leaving school grounds

Lunch passes are only given to students going to their own homes for lunch. Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds at lunchtime to purchase lunch or to visit the local shopping centres. Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds during morning interval.

Motor Vehicles

These are to be registered with the Student Office which also issues driver and passenger passes. The school reserves the right, at any stage, to withdraw the student’s motor vehicle permit.

Security of students' property

Money and valuables should not be left in bags or changing rooms. A locked cycle compound is available for student use. All personal property must be clearly named.

School Uniform

All students must wear the full and correct school uniform at school, to and from school, and on all school visits. Applications for short-term exemptions should be made in writing to the Deputy Headmaster. There is a shoe bank in operation for students who need to have their black school shoes repaired.

Hair must be neatly presented and extremes of fashion eg dreadlocks or bright colour, are not permitted. It must be kept off the face and shoulders (when standing upright) and long hair that touches the shoulders must be tied back with a single tie at the back of the head.

The correct sports and physical education uniforms must be worn.

Cycle helmets are compulsory for all cyclists.