Code of Conduct - Visitors
We are very fortunate to have a committed and supportive school community where staff, governors and parents recognise that the education of our children and young people is a partnership between all of us. Accordingly, we welcome the full participation of our parents in the life of the school. We endeavour to maintain positive relationships with parents and visitors. We are committed to resolving difficulties in a constructive manner through open, positive communication.
Our school values and ethos require that all members of our school community can expect to be treated reasonably and with respect. Crossley Heath Academy Trust further has a duty of care to its employees and volunteers to protect them from behaviour which is rude, intimidating, abusive, aggressive or threatening.
Purpose: The code is intended to ensure that we share a common expectation and understanding in relation to the behaviour of our parents and visitors.
Code of Conduct
We expect parents and visitors to:
- Respect the the inclusive, caring values and ethos of the school
- Understand that the values and ethos of the school encompass relationships with staff and volunteers
- Demonstrate that all members of the school community are to be treated with dignity and respect
- Respect, and cooperate with the schools policies, processess and procedures
- Recognise that school staff are endeavoring to act in the best interests of the child/ren involved in the event
- Approach the school in a proportionate way to resolve any issues of specific concern
- Recognise that school staff have many competing duties during a typical day which may mean that they are not immediately available, for example, staff should not be expected to respond to queries with an unrealistic time-frame e.g., staff may not be able to respond on the same day
- Understand that requests for meetings without appointment or for an unspecified reason cannot be accommodated and allow time for staff to look into and respond to a query/ issue rather than seeking a meeting in the first instance
- Respond calmly when any incident is reported by a child or young person and contact us to clarify what has happened, so that issues can be resolved swiftly and positively
- Use our Complaints policy appropriately to raise concerns and complaints
We are obliged to secure a safe and calm environment, and to support the well-being of all members of our school community.
We cannot accept, and will not tolerate, any of the following behaviour towards any child or adults:
- Disruptive behaviour which interferes with, or threatens to interfere with, the normal business of the school
- Violence or the threat of violence
- Shouting or raising of the voice
- Speaking in an aggressive or threatening tone
- Abusive or aggressive communications
- Physical intimidation e.g. standing close, blocking exit
- Physical contact
- Language or actions which breach our commitment to Equality and Diversity, for example, racist, sexist, LGBTQ-phobic
- Behaviour which causes staff or volunteers to feel uncomfortable or bullied
- Threats of non-violent action designed to intimidate staff or volunteers
- Defamatory, offensive or derogatory comments (direct or implied) about any member of the school community, including unfounded and/or blanket comments about the professional competency or motivation of staff or volunteers
- Damaging of school property
- Approaching someone else’s child in order to chastise them because of their actions towards their own child
- Smoking, vaping or consuming drugs or alcohol whilst on school property
- Bringing animals onto school premises (other than assistance dogs)
This applies to personal interaction and also all telephone, email, text, letter or social media communications.
Unacceptable behaviour may result in:
- A letter from the school requesting that the behaviour ceases
- An invitation to attend a meeting to discuss and address the behaviour
- Restrictions on the school’s response to communications (any restrictions will be detailed in a letter to the parent/s or visitor concerned)
- A ban on entering school premises (usually for a limited period in the first instance)
- Complaints/communications being deemed vexatious
- Information being passed to the police
- Police being called to remove people from the premises
- The school taking legal or local authority advice
This Code of Conduct does not prevent parents or visitors raising legitimate concerns or complaints.