Code of Conduct for Parents, Carers and Visitors
This Code of Conduct is an unsigned agreement between the Parents / Carers / Visitors and Barnet Hill Academy
At Barnet Hill Academy we are very proud and fortunate to have a very dedicated and supportive school community. At our school the staff, governors, parents and carers all recognise that the education of our children is a partnership between us. We expect our school community to respect our school ethos, keep our school tidy, set a good example of their own behaviour both on school premises, during school events and other occassions i.e. accompanying classes on school visits.
In addition we also expect our parents, carers and visitors to keep our children safe by adhering to the school’s request to park safely outside the school gates during morning and afternoon collections and with as little disruption to our neighbours as possible.
As a partnership we are all aware of the importance of good working relationships and all recognise the importance of these relationships to equip our children with the necessary skills for their education. For these reasons we will continue to welcome and encourage parents and carers to participate fully in the life of our school.
The purpose of this code of conduct is to provide the expectations around the conduct of all parents, carers and visitors connected to our school.
We are committed to resolving difficulties in a constructive manner, through an open and positive dialogue. However we understand that everyday misunderstandings can cause frustrations and have a negative impact on our relationships. Where issues arise or misconceptions take place, please contact your child’s teacher initially or one of the three Assistant Headteachers/Senior Leaders, who will be available to meet with you and go through the issue and hopefully resolve it.
This code aims to clarify the types of behaviour that will not be tolerated and sets our our expectations with respect to parents/carers/visitors. The code of conduct also sets out the actions the school can take should this code be ignored or where breaches occur.
Behaviour that will not be tolerated:
- Disruptive behaviour which interferes or threatens to interfere with any of the schools normal operation or activities anywhere on the school premises.
- Any inappropriate behaviour on the school premises.
- Using loud or offensive language or displaying temper.
- Threatening or bullying in any way, a member of staff, visitor, fellow parent/carer or child.
- Damaging or destroying school property.
- Sending abusive or threatening emails or text/voicemail/phone messages or other written communications (including social media) to anyone within the school community including that directed at the school in general.
- Defamatory, offensive or derogatory comments regarding the school or any of the pupils/parents/staff/governors at the school on social media platforms or other sites.
- The use of physical, verbal or written aggression towards another adult or child. This includes physical punishment of your own child on school premises.
- Approaching someone else’s child in order to discuss or chastise them because of the actions of this child towards their own child. (Such an approach to a child may be seen to be an assault on that child and may have legal consequences).
- Smoking, taking illegal drugs or the consumption of alcohol on school premises.
Should any of the above occur on school premises or in connection with school the school may feel it is necessary to take action by contacting the appropriate authorities or consider banning the offending adult from entering the school premises.
Thank you for abiding by this code in our school. Together we create a positive and uplifting environment not only for the children but also all who work and visit our school. It is important for parents and carers to make sure any persons collecting/dropping their children to school are aware of this policy.
What happens if someone ignores or breaks the code?
In the event of any parent/carer or visitor of the school breaking, this code then proportionate actions will be taken as follows:
In cases where the unacceptable behaviour is considered to be a serious and potentially criminal matter, the concerns will in the first instance be referred to the Police. This will include any or all cases of threats or violence and actual violence to any child, staff or governor in the school, This will also include anything that could be seen as a sign of harassment of any member of the school community, such as any form of insulting social media post or any form of social media cyber bullying. In cases where evidence suggests that behaviour would be tantamount to libel or slander, then the school will refer the matter to the School's Legal Team for further action. In cases where the code of conduct has been broken but the breach was not libellous, slanderous or criminal matter, then the school will send out a formal letter to the parent/carer with an invite to a meeting to discuss the inappropriate behaviour and a warning regarding future behaviour.
If the parent/carer refuses to attend the meeting then the school will write to the parent/carer and ask them to stop the behaviour causing the concern and warn that if they do not they may be banned from the school premises. If after this behaviour continues or if the parents refuses to attend the meeting either by declining to attend or repeated failure to attend, the parent/carer will again be written to and informed that a ban is now in place.
(1) a ban from the school can be introduced without having to go through all the steps offered above in cased the school deems to be serious cases.
(2) Site bans will normally be limited in the first instance to one calendar year, repeated inapporpriate behaviour will lead to a permanent ban and, in the most serious cases to protect other adults, children and staff, can include withdrawal of the offer of a school place for the offenders child.
Issues of conduct with the use of Social Media:
Most people take part in online activities and social media. It’s fun, interesting and keeps us connected.
The PTFA has a social media WhatsApp forum which allows parents to receive and respond to messages about school events, fundraising activities, social activities, cake sales and such like. We encourage you to positively participate if you wish.
Within these spaces however we ask that you use common sense when discussing school life online.
‘Think before you post’ We ask that social media, whether public or private, should not be used to fuel campaigns and voice complaints against the school, school staff, parents or children.
We take very seriously inappropriate use of social media by a parent to publicly humiliate or criticise another parent, member of staff or child.
If parents have any concerns about their child in relation to the school as we have said above they should:
- Initially contact the class teacher
- If the concern remains they should contact one of the Assistant Headteachers or the EYFS Manager
They should not use social media as a medium to air any concerns or grievances regarding other children, staff or any other person/s.
Online activity which we consider inappropriate:
- Identifying or posting images/videos of children.
- Abusive or personal comments about staff, governors, children or other parents.
- Bringing the school in disrepute.
- Posting defamatory or libellous comments.
- Emails circulated or sent directly with abusive or personal comments about staff or children.
- Using social media to publicly challenge school policies or discuss issues about individual children or members of staff.
- Threatening behaviour, such as verbally intimidating staff, or using bad language.
- Breaching school security procedures.