Rules & Regulations
In these rules and regulations, a junior pupil is a pupil in the Junior House, forms J1, J2, J3 or J4; a senior pupil is a pupil in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth form.
The purpose of the following Rules and Regulations is to specify a set of concrete practices to guide all pupils into personal growth in virtue whilst in the School context. This particular set of practices is straightforward and can be easily and demonstrably acquired and strengthened through repetition and reinforcement, such that they become constant and stable characteristics. They set out the minimum requirements of life in this School community and are within the compass of all, with practice and emergent maturity. They are intended to enable pupils to become prudent practitioners of virtue, rather than merely externally obedient observers of rules, and are for the mutual up-building of the School community and its culture. Amongst the virtues that we seek to promote at the School are included: civility and courtesy, kindness and fairness, truthfulness and patience, faithfulness, humility and good humour, and, self-command, constancy and simplicity. Following these rules as reasonable guidelines is an important step along the way to ensuring that a family’s engagement with the School is a mutually joyful and constructive one.
Suffice it to say that, regardless of specific ‘rules’, pupils are to conduct themselves at all times within not just the letter, but also the spirit of, both this document and this Catholic institution, by showing proper courtesy and respect for the rights, property, exceptional reputation, health and safety of the School, its staff, its pupils and the wider public at all times, and to carry out their responsibilities fully in relation to each of them.
We look to parents to support the School in upholding and reinforcing these Rules and Regulations and view the Rules as a mere extension of the formative work done by parents in the domestic sphere. Taken together, they form one small step along the ‘Oratory way’ to rising daily to the challenge of Our Lord’s injunction ‘to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself’.
Along with the Pupil Diary, this Calendar, Rules and Regulations booklet must be carried with pupils at all times throughout the school day, except during Games.
Unless otherwise stated, the Rules and Regulations apply to pupils at any time they are on the school premises, under the jurisdiction of the School, wearing uniform, whether in School or outside, while taking part in any activity organised or under the auspices of the School, or a member of staff, whether during or outside School terms and times, and representing the School. This includes school journeys and visits.
Behaviour by a pupil which brings the good name and reputation of the School into disrepute, prejudices the efficient education or flourishing of other pupils, or the good order and discipline of the School, will be regarded as a serious matter, which may lead to disciplinary action being taken against the pupil concerned, regardless of where the behaviour takes place.
The execution of the practices here set out is straightforward and within the compass of all pupils. As such, we expect the highest standards of behaviour from our pupils in relation to them. Those who culpably fall short of delivering on these angles mark themselves out as in need of more focused interventions to ensure that they flourish here as pupils. These more focused disciplinary interventions include: the setting of additional written sanctions, such as exercises or tasks; early morning reporting; detention after school, on Saturday mornings or outside term time; the withdrawal of privileges; other sanctions deemed by staff to be appropriate and suitably educative; or, for persistent and/or serious failures, by fixed term exclusions. If it is clear that such interventions are failing to prevent pupils from impeding the flourishing of themselves or others, then permanent exclusion from the School becomes a distinct possibility.
In these Rules and Regulations, an ‘extreme breach of regulations’ is misconduct for which the maximum penalty could be a fixed term or permanent exclusion. At all times the discretion of the Headmaster, suitably informed and advised by Senior Staff, Housemasters, Heads of Department, other staff, parents and any appropriate bodies, and of course, precedent and individual circumstances, will be paramount in the meting out of major disciplinary sanctions.
IV. building the virtues of character
The following Rules and Regulations help pupils to internalise the habits that make for good living. They aim to build pupils in:
- Practising respect for self and the good name of the School
- Practising civility, fairness and kindness towards God and neighbour
- Practising studiousness and intellectual seriousness
- Practising self-command and personal orderliness