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Code of Conduct for Parents, Grandparents, Carers and Visitors

 

At Wistaston Church Lane Academy we are very fortunate to have supportive and friendly parents, grandparents, carers and visitors. Our school recognises that educating children is a process that involves a partnership between families, staff and the school community. As a partnership, our parents grandparents and carers will understand the importance of modelling a good working relationship to equip children with the necessary skills for adulthood. For these reasons we continue to welcome and encourage parents, grandparents and carers to participate fully in the life of the school.

 

The purpose of this policy is to provide a reminder to everyone who visits the site that we have an expected conduct for behaviour. This is so that we can continue to flourish, progress and achieve in an atmosphere or mutual understanding.

All users of the site are expected to:

  • Respect the caring ethos of our school
  • For safety reasons, only enter the school building via the school office, or if accompanied by a member of staf
  • Understand that both teachers and parents need to work together for the benefit of their children
  • Demonstrate that all members of the school community should be treated with respect and, therefore, set a good example in their own speech and behaviour
  • Without jumping to conclusions, seek to clarify a child's version of events with the school's view in order to bring about a peaceful solution to any issue.
  • Correct own child's behaviour especially in public where it could otherwise lead to conflict, aggressive, or unsafe behaviour
  • Approach the school to help resolve any issues of concern through appropriate channels, e.g. by making an appointment.
  • Avoid using staff as threats to admonish children's behaviour.

In order to support a peaceful and safe school environment, the school cannot tolerate parents, carers and visitors exhibiting the following:

  • Disruptive behaviour which interferes, or threatens to interfere with, the operation of a classroom, an employee's office, a safe playground, or any other area of the school ground, including sports matches.
  • Using loud or offensive language, swearing, cursing, using profane language or displaying temper.
  • Threatening to do actual bodily harm to a member of staff, governor, visitor, fellow parent or carer, or pupil, regardless of whether or not the behaviour constituyes a criminal offence.
  • Damaging or destroying school property
  • Sending abusive or threatening emails or text/voicemail/phone messages or other written communication
  • Defamatory, offensive or derogatory comments regarding the school or any of the pupils/parents/staff at the school on Facebook or other social sites (see Social Network section below for further guidance). Any concerns you may have about the school must be made through the appropriate channels, i.e. speaking to a class teacher, member of staff or by using the Complaints Policy.
  • The use of verbal or physical aggression towards another adult or child. This includes physical punishment against your own child on the 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 interpreted as an assault on that child and may have legal consequences.)
  • Smoking or vaping or consuming alcohol or other drugs whilst on school property.
  • Dogs being brought on to school premises
  • Overly loud, abusive, unsupportive language or behaviour at sports competitions.

 

Should any of the above behaviour occur on school premises, the school may feel it is necessary to contact the Police or appropriate authorities. If necessary, the offending adult may be banned from entering the school grounds.

Inappropriate use of Social Networks

In the event that any pupil or parent/carer of a child being educated at Wistaston Church Lane Academy is found to be posting libellous or defamatory comments on Facebook or other social networks, they will be reported to the appropriate 'report abuse' section of the website. All social network sites have clear rules about the content which can be posted on the site and they provide robust mechanisms to report contact or activity which breaches this. The school will also expect that any parent/carer or pupil removes such comments immediately.

 

In serious cases the school will also consider its legal options to deal with any such misuse of social networking and other sites. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, is the issue of cyber bullying and the use by one child or parent to publicly humiliate another by inappropriate social network entry. We will take and deal with this as a serious incident of school bullying. Thankfully such incidents are extremely rare.

We trust that parents, carers, grandparents, visitors and all users of the site will assist our school with the implementation of this policy and we thank you for your continued support.

 

We would expect that parents and carers would make all persons responsible for collecting children aware of this policy.

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