2. Practising civility, fairness and kindness towards God and neighbour
PRACTISING CIVILITY, FAIRNESS AND KINDNESS TOWARDS GOD AND NEIGHBOUR
The highest standards of conduct are expected of all pupils at all times throughout the School and they are to behave in a way that respects the dignity of themselves, each other, and the wider School community and general public. Pupils must behave with the greatest of respect and integrity towards teachers, all members of the wider School community, including Senior Prefects, visiting staff, guests, and the general public. This must find expression in courtesy at all times, the correct forms of address, the holding open of doors for each other and for staff and visitors. Punctuality is taken very seriously, including being punctual to lessons. Failure to report when requested to do so by a member of staff is a serious offence; it is an impertinent act that communicates to the member of staff that pupil time is more important than staff time. Foul language will be dealt with as a serious breach of the disciplinary code.
In general, civility and courtesy is to be communicated at all times. The School is a compressed space in inner London, so from a practical point of view, movement in and through the buildings and grounds needs to be mindful of this, and of each other within it. Boisterous, obstreperous or slouching and slothful carriage and deportment is to be avoided at all times and expect it to be tackled by vigilant senior prefects and staff.
- CIVILITY IN RELATION TO TIME:
- Activities before School and at lunchtime
Pupils taking part in organised activities before school or at lunchtime must join their classes by 8.35am or 1.45pm respectively, those in first to fourth form joining their forms on the playground.
- Lunch Break
At the end of period 5, third, fourth and sixth-formers and pupils with First Lunch passes should go directly from lessons to their houserooms; all other pupils should go to the playground.
Pupils who have lunch in Howard and Owen Houserooms must go by the Red (Reception) Staircase. Pupils who have lunch in More or Southwell Houserooms must go by the Blue (swimming pool) Staircase. After lunch, all pupils must leave the Houseblock by the staircase in the centre of the Houseblock. Pupils who are going to the playground must use the north path (the path which runs from the Seagrave Road gate to the Farm Lane gate).
Pupils who arrive between 8.40am and 9.00am must report to the prefect on duty; those who arrive after 9.00am must report to the Receptionist immediately on arrival at School. Failure for a pupil to report their lateness is a serious breach of school regulations.
All latecomers must report to their Housemaster/ADS following afternoon form period on the day of their lateness. The latecomer may be detained or told to report to their Housemaster/ADS by 8.20am the following day. If a pupil thinks that they have a reasonable excuse for their lateness they should explain it to their Housemaster/ADS. An accumulation of five lates in a term will result in the pupil having to report to School at 8.10am for a week.
Pupils leaving the School during the day must have signed permission from their Housemaster and must report to the Receptionist before leaving and, if they return on the same day, on their return to the School. No pupils, other than sixth-formers, may leave the school site during the lunch break without an Exeat. Unauthorised absence from School is regarded as a serious breach of regulations.
- Medical and dental treatment
Appointments for medical or dental treatment should normally be made for times outside school hours. Where this is not possible, a letter from parents requesting leave of absence should be brought in at least 24 hours beforehand. Pupils should not normally bring medicines to school. If, however, they do have to take regular medication, parents must send a note of explanation. Pupils must only bring the dosage for one day at a time and this must be left with the Receptionist
CIVILITY IN RELATION TO PLACE:
a. Corridors, staircases and pathways
In corridors, on staircases and pathways and when moving about the School generally, pupils must:
- Arrive promptly and punctually to scheduled registration periods, lessons and activities and other such arrangements and appointments as are made by staff;
- Walk - not run;
- Walk on the left-hand-side, in single file;
- Take care when going through doors, using reasonable judgement to hold doors open for others;
- If in the atrium area, queue up for lessons by standing by the wall, on the ‘aubergine strip’;
- Not slouch or lean against walls, with hands in pockets, communicating a casual manner;
- Behave in an orderly manner that promotes the convenience of others, and does not put at risk the health and safety of others, or cause damage to property;
- Not drop litter, or engage in acts of graffiti, or other acts of vandalism, however minor. These will be interpreted as deeply disrespectful acts against the School community and subject to severe sanctions;
- Not run about, make unnecessary or excessive noise (including shouting or whistling), or play boisterous or rough games; any other game or activity which involves the throwing or kicking of any objects is strictly forbidden, except when taking part in games or training sessions supervised by a teacher;
- Line up quickly and in silence when the playground bell is rung;
- Not remain on the playground to play after school, except when taking part in organised games or training sessions supervised by a teacher;
- Respect the Chapel Courtyard as a quiet area.
In terms of boundaries, pupils must:
- Not lean over the glass panels in the atrium above the Library, or slouch on the railings that hold them;
- Remain in the areas designated on the playground for their own year group;
- Not walk on grassed areas, flower beds or in the paved area to the side of the Arts Centre.
- At times of snow and ice, pupils are strictly forbidden to slide on or throw snow or ice.
In addition to the basic ground rules set out above, pupils are to conduct themselves in the following manner in the appropriate places:
c. In Chapel
The Chapel is at the spiritual heart of the School, not least in terms of significance. Pupils are very much encouraged to use it for private prayer and meditation throughout the school day. Conduct in and around it is to observe the utmost respect, reverence and propriety at all times. Pupils are to line up outside the Chapel on time and in silence. They are to enter the Chapel in a manner that is both respectful and reverential, respecting place and person. Having blessed themselves at the stoup, pupils are to genuflect before taking their pew. Pupils are to behave as befits a sacred place, singing heartily and joyfully when called upon to do so, listening attentively and behaving with focus and reverence. At the conclusion of the service, pupils are to exit appropriately. At Benediction, the clattering or exaggerated use of the kneeler is disrespectful and must be avoided. An attitude of attentive reverence must mark conduct in the Chapel. On exit, pupils are invited to bless themselves from the stoup, treating holy things with the reverence that is their due.
d. In the Library and Study Hall
If the Chapel is at the spiritual heart of the School, then the Library and Study Hall are, along with classrooms, at the intellectual heart of it. As a guide, pupils are to behave in a way that enables the studiousness and intellectual seriousness of all users. Strict silence must be observed at all times – they are not social spaces for gossip and conversation, but areas of concentrated focus for the patient pursuit of studies. The use of headphones for devices that host music is strictly forbidden, as it is a distraction to the focused concentration required. The instructions and entreaties of the Librarians and Study Hall supervisors must be acted upon promptly at all times, on pain of exclusion from those facilities, should a pupil disrupt the studies of others.
e. In classrooms
Pupils are to line up outside classrooms promptly and in good time for their lessons. They are to line up in an orderly fashion, not leaning or slouching against the walls. If lining up in the atrium area, pupils must remain within the ‘aubergine strip’. Pupils are to enter at the invitation of teachers and to remain standing behind their desks until instructed to be seated. On being seated pupils are to place their Pupil Diary on the desk in front of them. It is to be available for staff to view and to record any issues. Pupil conduct in lessons is to be impeccable, such that the learning of all can be promoted. The teacher is the authority in the classroom, and at all times must be respected, and their instructions acted upon. Conduct that defies or distracts the teacher, or leads to a monopolisation of the teacher’s attention will be dealt with firmly through the disciplinary framework. It is essential that the rights of all to learn are unimpeded and able to be actively promoted. If other staff or visitors enter during the course of a lesson, then all pupils are to communicate respect for that member of staff by standing on their entrance, and being seated at the request of the visitor. At the conclusion of the lesson, all pupils are to stand in silence behind their desks, until dismissed by the teacher. Discipline in the classroom is absolutely essential to the efficient running of the School, and so will be supported firmly.
f. Use of School buildings and facilities
Pupils are not expected to use the lavatories or drinking fountains between classes (except at break-times) or after the bell has been rung in the playground or during classes without the permission of a teacher.
All areas of the School, rooms and other parts of the School buildings, are out-of-bounds to all pupils at all times unless they have a legitimate reason for being in them or using them.
During the school day, the central staircase is for sixth form and staff use only, the exception being gaining access to permitted science rooms from the second floor.
The music practice rooms and other rooms and areas in the Arts Centre and Junior House which are used for practising musical instruments and rehearsals may only be used with the authority of the Director of Music.
The Theatre is strictly out-of-bounds to pupils except when they are accompanied by a teacher or have the permission of the Director of the Arts Centre.
Pupils may only go to the Cadet Lodge during the School day if they have the permission of their Housemasters or, in the case of sixth-formers, the Assistant Head for Sixth Form.
These areas are out-of-bounds to all pupils:
- behind the Houseblock and the Chapel;
- behind the technology rooms; and
- behind the Arts Centre.
i. Senior Pupils
Senior pupils, other than sixth-formers, may not be in the school buildings at any time outside normal lessons unless accompanied by, or in the charge of, a member of staff.
The main building may not be used as a thoroughfare before school, during morning break or at lunchtime.
The Sixth Form Lobby and the link-way to the Arts Centre may not be used as a thoroughfare to or from the playground.
The Sixth Form Lobby, the Arts Centre and the Junior House may not be used as a thoroughfare to or from the Broadway Gate.
When pupils have to hand in homework outside lesson times, the homework should be placed on the shelves outside the Staff Common Room, by the north-west door.
The Junior House is out-of-bounds to senior pupils unless they have permission to be in the building or have a legitimate reason for being in the building.
ii. Junior Pupils
Junior pupils may at all times use the Sixth Form Lobby and the Arts Centre as a thoroughfare to and from the Junior House.
Junior pupils must normally remain in the Junior House unless they are being supervised by, or accompanied by, a member of staff or a senior pupil who has been authorised to accompany them.
Junior pupils must observe any regulations made separately for them concerning the use of the Junior House and other areas of the School which they may use.
In the mornings, pupils who have Chapel must make their way to the Chapel at 8.30am. In the afternoons, pupils who have Chapel must make their way to the Chapel immediately after
g. Wet weather procedure
All first to fifth-formers should report directly to their Houserooms. Junior pupils must report to the Junior House. When breakfast is being served in Fisher Houseroom, pupils in Fisher House must report to Campion Houseroom.
During School time
First & Second Forms
All pupils to go directly
All pupils to go directly
4C to 4M to Study Hall, 4F to 111,
4H to 114, 4O to 11 & 4S to 212
All pupils to go directly
Form Rooms or Choir Room
When bad weather arrangements apply at lunchtime First Lunch passes are cancelled.
These arrangements may be changed when examinations are being held.
h. Broadway Gate
During term time, the Broadway Gate will be open between 7.15am and 8.35am, and between 3.30pm and 6.00pm each day.
When leaving the School by the Broadway Gate, pupils must use the pavement on the left-hand side and stay on the path until they reach Fulham Road. They must not walk on or cut across the service road that leads to loading bays and the underground car park, which will be in constant use by cars and large delivery trucks. Similarly, when coming into the School, pupils must use the pavement from Fulham Road and may not use the service road.
Pupils must walk and not run along the pavement or, indeed, in the shopping centre or the underground station. All areas of the development are out-of-bounds to pupils unless they have a legitimate reason for being in them or using them.
i. Railway stations
At the railway stations pupils:
- must not run at all, even if it means missing a train;
- must pass through the entry/exit gates one at a time and in an orderly way, ensuring that they have the correct fare for travel;
- go immediately to the platform from which their train leaves after they have passed through the gates;
- must not congregate inside the gates or wait on the staircases or on the bridges, whether waiting for friends or for any other reason;
- must stand well clear of the edge of the platform and must not lean out over the track;
- must not hold open train doors, run about or shout while they are waiting for or when they are on the train;
- must keep their bags with them at all times; and
- must give their names to any member of the station staff on request, if necessary showing them their Oyster card or a school book with a name on it to prove their identity
j. Card Phone
The card phone made available for pupils may normally be used only during the breaks and before and after school. At all other times pupils may only use the telephone with permission of a member of staff. Improper use of the telephone system, including making mischievous or malicious calls, will be regarded as a serious breach of discipline and will be punished accordingly.
k. Local shops
Pupils in uniform may not use shops within the area bounded by the railway line between Fulham Broadway Station and West Brompton Station, Lillie Road, North End Road and Fulham Road without special permission. This includes Sainsbury’s supermarket in the Fulham Broadway Shopping Centre.
Pupils in uniform are forbidden to go into any amusement centre or arcade, or such establishment masquerading under any other guise, and may not play electronic games which may be available in other shops or areas.
Sainsbury’s supermarket in the Fulham Broadway Shopping Centre is strictly out-of-bounds to pupils in school uniform, unless they have permission from a member of staff.
Pupils using shops on their way to and from school must, at all times, show proper courtesy to shop assistants and other customers.
l. Licensed premises
Pupils are reminded that they are expected to obey any laws relating to the sale or consumption of alcohol. Pupils in uniform are forbidden to go into any public house.
Any public house or wine bar or premises where alcoholic drink is served (other than with a proper meal) within the area bounded by the railway line between Fulham Broadway Station and West Brompton Station, Lillie Road, North End Road and Fulham Road (including premises on either side of the roads concerned) is out-of-bounds to all pupils, regardless of whether they are wearing uniform, unless accompanied by a parent or with the permission of the Headmaster.
Pupils may not use bicycles to travel to and from School. Permission will not be given for pupils to ride motor cycles, or to drive motor cars, to or from School. Pupils may not bring vehicles on to the School site.
n. School journeys and visits
Pupils are expected to show a proper regard at all times for the high standards and reputation of the School, to maintain a smart appearance and in general to behave decently and with good sense. They are expected to behave in an orderly, civilised and well-mannered way at all times, showing proper courtesy and respect for others, and have proper regard for those in authority.
Any pupil who breaks the rules or regulations of the School, behaves badly, prejudices the good of others or is disobedient, may be sent home. Where it is necessary for a pupil to be sent home for disciplinary reasons, his or her parents will be expected to meet the full cost and to co-operate with the School in making whatever arrangements may be necessary for the safe conduct of the pupil. Pupils will be sent home immediately for serious or gross misconduct, which includes persistent disobedience and misconduct following a final warning.
Smoking and drinking on school journeys and visits are strictly forbidden. Pupils may not bring tobacco or alcohol with them, or purchase tobacco or alcohol, while taking part in a school journey. Any pupil found with tobacco or alcohol, or any substance or item which is illegal under English law or the law of the host country, will be sent home. Likewise, any pupil knowingly associated with the purchase, carrying or consumption of tobacco or alcohol, or any substance which is illegal under English law or the law of the host country, will be sent home immediately. Pupils may not purchase tobacco or alcohol from the duty free shops, even as gifts.
III. CIVILITY AND DIGNITY IN RELATION TO PERSON:
The School is committed to treating everyone with equality of esteem, respect and dignity, and aims to prepare pupils to serve as witnesses to the moral and spiritual virtues of the Gospel. The deepest identity the School explores, promotes and encourages amongst its pupils is as sons and daughters of the Living God, called into a life of fellowship with the Father and the Son, through the Spirit. It is the task of the School to do its part in bringing out the imago Dei that is imprinted on the identity of each person. As such, we recognise and value the enrichment which flows from the diversity of age, gender, racial, national and social origins, abilities, culture and religion.
The School is committed to discouraging and challenging all forms of unlawful discrimination, both direct and indirect, on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political views and religious or similar metaphysical and philosophical beliefs.
Unlawful discrimination and bullying, physical, cyber, or otherwise, or the incitement, encouraging or supporting of bullying, will most certainly not be tolerated and will be regarded as serious infractions of the regulations. Bullying includes: making fun of others, or seeking to humiliate and expose indivdiuals in situations that may cause acute personal discomfort; harassing or hectoring others; calling others or members of their families names; other forms of abusive or silly behaviour towards or about others; isolating others; and behaviour which generally makes life unpleasant for others.
Any pupil, who believes that he or she is being bullied (which includes being excluded or isolated), threatened or intimidated, should report the matter immediately, either directly to a member of staff or through a parent or another pupil. Anyone who knows, or has good reason to suspect, that a pupil is being or has been bullied, threatened or intimidated, or humiliated and mocked, has a responsibility to report the matter immediately. Any pupil who is a victim of bullying, or anyone reporting the incident, can be absolutely assured that the matter will be dealt with swiftly and sensitively but firmly.
Physical violence between pupils will be regarded as an extreme breach of the disciplinary code, falling within the Headmaster’s discretionary powers permanently to exclude pupils so involved.
a. Other pupils
In their relations with each other, pupils are to engage in a mutually supportive and constructive attitude towards each other, as and when occasion demands. It is important that pupil behaviour builds trust amongst each other and promotes the unity and cohesion of the School. Kindness and fairness must mark relationships, regardless of friendship group preferences. Special respect and consideration must be given to Senior Prefects and the vital role they play within the School.
b. Adults in the School, whether teachers, support and administrative staff, visitors or members of the public
Pupils must behave towards adults with the utmost of respect, showing courtesy and civility. They must also be truthful and honest towards staff, showing the respect that all adults associated with the community deserve, not least as an expression of the personal debt of gratitude that is owed to those who endeavour to provide the very best educationally for each pupil.