Code of conduct for students
Code of conduct 2015–2017
The College aims to help students achieve high standards of academic work and social behaviour. We expect you to be mature in your approach and to take a large measure of personal responsibility for your work and progress. You should feel responsible for the welfare of all and should play a positive part in the efficient running and development of the College. For our part, we will honour our professional commitments and do our utmost to guide and support you, provide worthwhile educational opportunities for you and maximise your chances of success. In return we expect you to abide by this code of conduct.
1. Attend the College for every timetabled lesson, except when absence is unavoidable. Ask for permission in advance for planned absences and avoid taking holidays during the College time. Telephone or email the attendance line between 8:30 and 9:30 am, on the first day of any unforeseen absence to let us know why you cannot attend. Your parent/guardian must authorise your absence with a written note which is to be given to your personal tutor on the first day of your return to the College.
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2. Attend and be punctual for all lessons, tutorials, enrichment activities, registrations and any other commitments. Take responsibility for making up any work missed through absence.
3. Respect the fact that the College commitments take precedence over other activities during the College day (9:00am– 4:30pm). Personal appointments such as doctors, dentists, driving lessons must, as far as possible, be made outside these times.
4. Complete all work set by the required time to the best of your ability. Your work is expected to be of sufficient standard to enable you to make progress in the courses you are pursuing. Use your private study times constructively by using the LRC and learning zones.
5. Spend about five hours each week working outside the classroom per AS or A2 subject. Do not let part-time jobs interfere with this time commitment. Remember that being a full-time student requires regular evening and weekend study.
6. Students should wear clothing that is practical and suitable for studying at College. Students should not dress in a manner which is extreme or distracting to others, a health and safety hazard, a potential security risk or a significant barrier to effective communication. Suitable sportswear is expected for some enrichment activities.
7. Behave in a sensible and courteous manner, having due regard for all the other members of the College community. The College has equality and diversity policies which everyone is expected to observe. Any form of bullying (including cyber bullying), harassment or offensive behaviour will be treated as a serious disciplinary offence. Considerate behaviour in the local area is also expected.
8. Observe the College rules about smoking, alcohol and illegal substances. You must not smoke within the College campus. If you smoke outside on the neighbouring area, you should be careful not to obstruct or inconvenience passers-by. You must not drink alcohol at any time during the College day and you must not bring alcohol or any illegal substances onto the College premises. If you are found to be in possession of any illegal substances during the College day or at any College activity you will be immediately excluded.
9. The College has a policy of zero tolerance towards violence. Any form of violent and/or intimidating behaviour or behaviour which is likely to lead to violence, whether in College or reported from outside College, will be treated as a very serious disciplinary offence. It is a criminal offence to carry an offensive weapon and the College has the right to search you. The police will be involved, if necessary.
10. This is a secular college. We foster an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect. Students are not to express extreme views or to proselytize in such a way that might cause discord between groups in the college
11. Respect the College environment and all the books and resources provided to help your studies. Take care when using computer equipment in the College so that it is not harmed in any way. Use it only for work and do not attempt to alter, copy or load software on to the College computers. Do not send or receive any obscene, offensive or illegal content.
12. Have due regard to and a shared responsibility for the public image of the College. This includes your behaviour in public places. Broadcasting and publishing information about the College or members of the College community, in print, electronically or via the mass media should only be conducted with the express approval of the Principal.
13. Be aware of and follow the College health and safety policy. When in College, you must wear your ID badge and make sure it is visible at all times. This is compulsory for security reasons. You must dress in a way that allows you to be immediately recognisable in relation to your photo on your ID card – exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Principal. If you repeatedly fail to comply with this requirement, you will be excluded from the College.
14. You must not bring or invite any friend or visitors onto the College premises nor support the presence of any non-authorised visitors. Unauthorised visitors must be reported immediately to a member of staff for security reasons.
15. You must not drive or be driven onto the College premises.
16. You must only use mobile phones within the College Social Area and the Canteen. Mobile devices can be used silently in the LRC and learning zones. In lessons, mobiles must be switched off and carried out of sight unless otherwise directed by your teacher.
17. You must co-operate with staff and comply with any procedures not specifically mentioned above.
If you fail to observe the Code of Conduct, the Disciplinary Policy will be implemented. This can lead to exclusion from the College.