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School regulations

Pupils’ Code of Conduct

Respect each other

  • Be polite. Treat others as you would expect to be treated.
  • Be kind. Do not cause hurt anyone physically, verbally or digitally.
  • Be respectful to all.
  • Any displays of affection should not have the potential to cause discomfort to others.

Respect our school

  • Be a good ambassador for the school.
  • Take care of property belonging to the school and other people.
  • You may only eat in the dining room, the tuck shop or outside.
  • Use the correct bins provided for litter and recycling.

Safety

  • Do not bring anything into the school that could cause harm.
  • Do not bring prohibited items into school.
  • If you have a concern about the well-being of someone, please raise it with a member of staff.
  • If you see a stranger on site without a visitor pass, tell a member of staff.

Safety on site

  • Always walk when moving around the school.
  • Always behave in a safe manner, being mindful of how your actions can affect others.
  • Leave your bag tidily in a safe and sensible place.
  • Do not go in any area of the site you do not need to be in.
  • Show respect for others.

Appearance

  • Always be smartly dressed in the proper uniform.
  • Hair should be neat, tidy and no shorter than a grade 3.

These rules apply:

  • When taking part in any school-organised or school-related activity or
  • travelling to or from school or
  • wearing school uniform or
  • in some other way identifiable as a pupil at the school.

Rewards and Sanctions

Rewards

A good standard of work and/or behaviour will be reinforced by appropriate rewards.

Rewards include:

  • Verbal praise to the pupil.
  • Written praise on the individual piece of work, School Reports, The Portcullis, The Warwickian, etc.
  • Public mention of achievements in School Assembly or at Section Assemblies.
  • Issuing a Commendation.
  • Issuing a ‘Head Master’s Commendation’ postcard for an absolutely outstanding achievement or piece of work.
  • Issuing Head Master’s Congratulations or Head of Section’s Congratulations for good Form Orders.

Commendations

Parents will be informed when their son receives a Commendation given to reward exceptional effort in all aspects of school life and may include:

  • An outstanding piece of written work.
  • A marked improvement in work compared to work previously.
  • Outstanding contributions in the classroom.
  • Charity fund raising.
  • Leadership and/or support for a club or society.
  • Serving the school community in a notable way.
  • Contributions and performances in music or drama activities.
  • Showing humility or acts of kindness to others.
  • Significant contribution to a house event.

Head Master’s Commendations

Head Master’s Commendations are used to reward truly outstanding effort in all aspects of school life. Teachers will recommend to the Head Master pupils who should be considered and where judged appropriate, a postcard will be sent home congratulating the boy for the work.

Head Master’s or Head of Section’s Congratulations

Head Master’s Congratulations or Head of Section’s Congratulations will be issued for particularly good Form Orders. The 12 or so boys with the best Form Orders in the year will receive Head Master’s Congratulations. The boys with the next best Form Orders will receive Heads of Section’s Congratulations. The certificates are issued at a meeting with the Head Master.

Sanctions

Sanctions include:

  • Verbal notification to the pupils and/or their parents.
  • Written notification on the individual piece of work.
  • an email to parents outlining poor behaviour, conduct and/or work concerns.
  • Issuing a yellow card.
  • Issuing a lunchtime detention for late or inadequate work.
  • Issuing a community detention.
  • Issuing a Saturday detention.
  • Issuing a Senior Deputy Head’s detention.
  • Suspension.
  • Exclusion.
Yellow Card:

Yellow Cards are given to flag concerns regarding more minor behavioural issues. Yellow cards are recorded electronically and parents are notified. Pupils who receive four yellow cards in a half-term will be issued with a Community Detention. Examples of where yellow cards may be used:

  • Low level disruptive behaviour in class,
  • Inappropriate use of language in a peer group setting, and
  • Not respecting rules of the Form Room.
Lunchtime Sessions for Late or Inadequate Work

These take place every day at 1.05pm and will usually take priority over any other commitments to clubs and societies. Parents, the Form Tutor and Head of Section are electronically notified. Pupils who receive three lunchtime sessions of late or inadequate work in any one half-term will be issued with a Saturday Detention and parents will be notified by email.

Community Detention:

These are for poor behaviour. They take place after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4.15-5.15pm, and parents will be notified.

Saturday Detention:

More serious than a mid-week detention, they take place every Saturday 10am-12pm. Parents will be notified if a Saturday detention has been given.

Senior Deputy Head’s Detention:

This sanction is for an offence which is more serious than warrants a mid-week or Saturday detention but, does not call for suspension. It consists of a detention from 1.15 - 1.55pm and 4.05 - 5.15pm from Monday to Friday under the Senior Deputy Head’s supervision. There can be no appeal (except to the Head Master), nor can any prior commitment be kept.

School Policies

Warwick School has a number of policies to provide staff, pupils, parents and guardians with clear information about the organisation and ethos of Warwick School and the standards of behaviour expected by all members of its community.

All policies are listed on the school website, or are available on request.

Please e-mail enquiries@warwickschool.org to request a copy of any policy that you require.

ICT Acceptable Use Policy

At Warwick School we understand the potential for the use of technology, including mobile devices, to support and enhance the education of our pupils. We wish to build an environment where the use of technology can be supported as well as monitored. We therefore have a policy as to how this technology is used by members of the Warwick School community.

Pupils agree to the acceptable use policy by logging-on to school facilities. They apply to all users, whether on or off-site; using networked or mobile computers; school or personal devices; tablets or smart phones. These rules shall be deemed to apply across all areas of computing and communications including access to the Internet, our own Intranet and electronic mail. All pupils should act with consideration, common sense and good manners at all times. It is important to be aware that the school can and may monitor your computer activity, email communications and data stored in your files at school. The school regards computer misuse as a serious matter, which may warrant disciplinary proceedings.

Misuse of the facilities and unacceptable behaviour includes (but may not be limited to) the following:

  1. Attempting to gain unauthorised access to facilities.
  2. Using someone else’s username.
  3. Disregarding the privacy of other people’s files.
  4. Giving your password to someone else, or being otherwise careless with it.
  5. Generating messages or documents that appear to originate from someone else, or otherwise impersonating someone else.
  6. Sending messages that may be construed as abusive, cause distress or are otherwise a nuisance.
  7. Displaying, storing, printing or distributing, in any form whatsoever, material that may be deemed offensive.
  8. Interfering with someone else’s use of the facilities.
  9. Being wasteful of resources, particularly printer ink cartridges and paper.
  10. Installation and use of software applications or packages without the express consent of the Head of IT; this includes games.
  11. Introduction of any form of software likely to cause malfunctioning of the facilities.
  12. Software piracy (including the infringement of software licences or other copyright provisions, whether knowingly or not).
  13. Using the facilities for commercial gain without explicit authorisation.
  14. Physically damaging or otherwise interfering with or mistreating the facilities in any way.
  15. Publishing anything about the school or its pupils (derogatory/or otherwise) without the permission of the school

Taking, Storing and Publishing Photographs and Recordings

No pupil or anyone else should be taking or storing pictures or sound recordings on Warwick School premises without good reason and the appropriate prior permissions, both of the school and of anyone appearing in the images/recordings.

Similarly pupils are not allowed to publish web pages, photographs or recordings of pupils, staff or school premises, without permission of the school.

Personal Computers and Wi-Fi

Senior School pupils may bring computers, tablet computers and mobile phones into school and may use them to access the school’s Wi-Fi network for educational purposes under the same conditions as they presently use the wired network. Internet access will remain filtered and all activity logged; any attempt to bypass such monitoring is not permitted. They may not use them during any formal part of the day, including form or tutor time, detentions and off-games periods without the permission of the supervising teacher. Limited use for specific purposes is expected in view of the dominance of paper and pen methods of assessment in all public examinations.

The school reserves the right to access equipment at any time and/or put specific software on the equipment to bar the use of games or other non-academic usage. No person other than the owner of the personal computer or a member of the ICT Department is allowed to use the personal computer. Permission must be sought before using a personal computer with the school’s network facilities, such as printers.

Valuables

Securing electronic equipment that is brought into school remains the responsibility of the pupil, who must ensure that the owner’s name is marked clearly on it. The school strongly advises parents to take out insurance for any personal computers brought onto school premises. Alternatively, Personal Effects Insurance is available through the School.

Cyber Bullying

Pupil use of social networking sites should not be hurtful to pupils or staff, here or elsewhere, neither should it bring the school's name into disrepute. Warwick School's Anti-Bullying Policy cites cyber bullying as hurtful behaviour either over the internet or with mobile phones; such issues are addressed in PSHEE lessons and in assemblies.

Consequences of Violation

Violation of the above procedures will result in sanctions being carried out according to the severity. These include: being withdrawn from the use of computer equipment, temporary confiscation of a pupil’s equipment, detention, letter to parents, refusal to allow equipment to be brought into school, police involvement, suspension, and permanent exclusion.

Mobile Phones

We understand that parents wish their sons to have a mobile phone for reasons of security. Mobile phones are, therefore, currently permitted in school but must be switched off and put away during the school day or other school activities unless their use is directly supervised by a member of staff and for a specific purpose. When phones are used they should be used discretely. All students should refer to the ICT Acceptable Use policy which can be found in their planner and in this handbook. The school reserves the right to access a pupil’s phone at any time they suspect that they are being used inappropriately.

Property

Lockers

Pupils have access to a lockable locker, for which they should provide their own lock.

Further lockers are available in the Sports Centre, which work on a coin release mechanism. They are intended to provide secure space for bulky items or extra bags.

Electronic Equipment

We would be grateful for parents’ cooperation in ensuring that pupils who bring hand-held and expensive ICT/Communications equipment into school take full responsibility for these items.

Key Fobs

The doors to all main buildings are sealed with magnetic locks to prevent intruders entering them. Pupils are issued with a key fob which enables them to open the doors. Their fob must be worn on a lanyard at all times when in school. The fob is coded and assigned to an individual student so must not be swapped or lent to others. A lost fob must be reported to Reception immediately. Pupils will be issued with a new fob but there is a charge of £10 for a replacement.

Lost Property and the Pound

Please make sure your son’s possessions are named.

Most lost property is kept in ‘the Pound’. Unclaimed sports kit is dropped off to the Pound. The Pound is open most lunchtimes from 13:45- 14:00 and managed by a prefect. Please contact Reception if you are unsure of where to go.

All unclaimed named items are put into form boxes and taken to Form Rooms on a regular basis. At the end of term, the remaining unclaimed unmarked clothing is shown on tables during break time to the school. The clothing items not claimed are then sent to charity.

Valuable items will be handed to Reception.

Parents are advised to ensure that any expensive items that are brought into school are included on Household Insurance Policies or to take out additional Personal Effects Insurance such as that offered through the school.