Code of Conduct for Parents
At Wistaston Church Lane Academy we are very fortunate to have supportive and friendly parents, grandparents and carers. Our school recognises that educating children is a process that involves partnership between families, class teachers and the school community. As a partnership, our parents, grandparents and carers will understand the importance of 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 our school.
The purpose of this policy is to provide a reminder to all parents, carers and visitors to our school about the expected conduct. This is so that we can continue to flourish, progress and achieve in an atmosphere of mutual understanding.
Using the school site
We expect parents, carers and visitors to:
- Respect the caring ethos of our school.
- For safety reasons, only enter the school via the school office, or if accompanied by a member of staff.
- 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 behaviour 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, office area or any other area of the school grounds, 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 school staff, Governor, visitor, fellow parent or carer, or pupil, regardless of whether or not the behaviour constitutes a criminal offence.
- Damaging or destroying school property.
- Sending abusive or threatening emails or text/voicemail/phone messages or other written communication.
- The use of verbal or physical aggression towards another adult or child. This includes physical punishment against your own child on 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 (including vaping) and consumption of 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 or outside the school premises, the school may feel it is necessary to contact the appropriate authorities and, if necessary, even ban the offending adult from entering the school grounds
Inappropriate use of social networks
Social media can support and enhance the work and reputation of the school. However, it is possible for social media to do the opposite and cause harm to the school, its staff and, most significantly, its pupils.
Using social media to complain or negatively discuss the school is unacceptable and not in the best interests of the children or the whole school community. Any concerns you may have must be made through the appropriate channels by speaking to the class teacher, the Headteacher or the Chair of The Local Advisory Board, so they can be dealt with fairly, appropriately and effectively for all concerned.
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.