Code of Conduct
The principles outlined in this code of conduct should underpin our daily lives and are written for the guidance of pupils, staff and parents. The aim of the Code of Conduct is to indicate the School’s expectations of civilised behaviour in the belief that good manners provide the foundation on which a happy community is built.
- Members of the Arnold House community are encouraged to show respect, good manners and consideration for others.
- Members of the community are encouraged to safeguard the interests and well-being of others.
- Members of the community should encourage the academic, personal and social development of pupils.
- Communication between and amongst the different elements of the community - pupils, staff and parents – should be open, honest and tolerant.
- In all situations, members of the community should exercise common sense.
- If there were only one principle delineated in the Code of Conduct, it would be: “Do as you would be done by.”
Pupils are expected to be courteous at all times with everyone they meet. Here is some particular advice.
The Social Graces
“Please” and “thank you” are two of the most important phrases in the language. Always use them and never forget them, if you would like someone to render you a service, or if he or she had performed a kindness of which you have enjoyed the benefit. Ingratitude is very unattractive.
Greet people. Smile. Be welcoming. Use people's names or title when addressing them. “Are you looking for someone Sir?” “May I help you, Mrs Atkins?”
Allow adults to pass before you through doorways. Hold doors open for other people. Look ahead when walking down corridors, on pavements, indeed in any place in which other people are moving about.
Be prepared to make conversation. Show interest in others. Ask questions of them. “How are you?” “What did you do at the weekend?”
Stand up quietly when visitors enter your classroom.
When talking to other people, keep your hands out of your pockets, keep eye contact and speak clearly.
Dress and Personal Appearance
There is nothing wrong in taking pride in one's appearance and standard of dress. People who are neatly turned out immediately create a good impression. Correctly worn uniform is always preferable to dirty or unpolished shoes, shirt tails hanging out, uncombed hair and dirty hands. Boys in Arnold House uniform outside school should always remember that they are conspicuous ambassadors of the school's good name and that they will be judged on their behaviour and standard of dress.
Punctuality has been described as “the courtesy of kings”. Being on time shows respect and consideration for other people. Lateness is seldom excusable and is usually a sign of inefficiency and disorganisation.
It should not be hard to say “I am sorry”. A sincere apology nearly always defuses a possible confrontation, but an apology does call for a degree of personal honesty and humility.
Kindness and Helpfulness
If you keep your eyes and ears open, there will be many occasions every day when you can help others. The most helpful and kindest people are those who do not wait to be asked. “One volunteer is worth ten pressed men” as they used to say in Nelson's Navy.
A good, happy school should be able to operate in an atmosphere of trust. If something goes wrong: if an unkind or dishonest act occurs, if a rule is deliberately broken, or even if an honest mistake is made, the quick discovery of the truth avoids the risk of an injustice following in its wake.
Tolerance and Consideration
We must all learn to accept differences in people and to be respectful of their views and beliefs. Bad language and bad temper are offensive.
Good behaviour and courtesy are learnt by example. Staff and parents have a great responsibility in setting a good example for the young to follow. Mutually respectful but relaxed, confident but not over-bearing, easy but not familiar relations between the generations and the sexes, between pupils and staff, staff and parents, children and parents should be the aim we all strive for but when we fail – as fail we will from time to time - we can only resolve to learn from our mistakes and do better next time.