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Rockwell College: Code of Behaviour

1 Introduction:


2 Behaviour:


3 Sanctions:


4 College Rules:


5 Ratification



Appendix 1: Procedures in cases of Suspension and Expulsion

Appendix 2: General Rules






INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background:

Rockwell College is a recognised Voluntary Secondary School, providing Junior Certificate, Transition Year, Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Vocational Programmes as prescribed by the D.E.S. which may be amended in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998). Rockwell College is a mixed ability, co-educational school. The pupil body comprises of boarders and day-boarders. The College operates under the Trusteeship of the Spiritan Education Trust.


1.2 Mission Statement:

Rockwell College is a Catholic, co-educational school where boys and girls can grow and develop in a caring and supportive atmosphere. The pupil body comprises of boarders and day boarders. The College operates under the Trusteeship of the Spiritan Education Trust.

We support the principles of providing an environment where: Catholic values and practices are promoted and maintained; pupils can develop their full potential; personal responsibility is promoted; life-skills are reinforced through participation in educational, sporting and cultural activities; pupils are prepared for an appropriate career; pupils are made aware of their cultural heritage; parental collaboration is promoted and encouraged; an education free from fear and intimidation is provided; a sense of integrity is nurtured and the student demonstrates respect of values, diversity of tradition, language and ways of life in society. This will be fostered through the pastoral care system of the College.



1.3 Rationale:

The purpose of the Code of Behaviour is:





1.4 Link to other Policy Documents:


The Code of Behaviour supports and is supported by a number of internal and national policy documents, including but not restricted to:






1.5 Definitions


School: Rockwell College

Students: All pupils registered with the College

Parents: Parents & guardians of registered pupils

DES: Department of Education & Skills (or equivalent body)

NEWB: National Education Welfare Board

Patron/Trustees: Spiritan Education Trust




1.6 Structures:


It is the aim of Rockwell College that pupils would recognise the consequence of unacceptable behaviour on their own learning and their peers’ learning and that this understanding would limit instances of poor behaviour. However, the school recognises that instances can take place that will require formal disciplinary procedures.


Notwithstanding the right of staff to deal with discipline issues in a manner they see fit and proportionate to the situation, the following structures apply:


Instances of unacceptable behaviour can be escalated by a teaching staff member to the appropriate Year Dean or, if circumstances dictate, to the Deputy Principal. Further escalation to the Principal can take place as deemed appropriate by the staff involved. On the occasion of the absence of both Principal and Deputy Principal, the teacher designated with the overseeing of school business will assume their authority in all matters except suspension/expulsion.


Unacceptable behaviour within the College can be escalated by any staff member to the appropriate authorities.





BEHAVIOUR


2.1 Recognition & Promotion of positive behaviour


The following structures are in use to recognise and promote positive behaviour and to create a positive environment within Rockwell College.




2.2 Expectations


Rockwell College expects that pupils will engage in positive behaviour in accordance with the points below:



Rockwell College recognises that the cooperation of parents is an essential component of a successful school and expects that parents will engage with the Code of Behaviour as follows:




2.3 Unacceptable behaviour


Rockwell College recognises that pupils will, on the whole, adhere to the expectations of the College in relation to positive behaviour. In the interest of pupils, the following are examples of behaviour that is deemed unacceptable by the College and will result in sanctions being applied:




SANCTIONS


3.1 Purpose of Sanctions


Rockwell College aims to provide an environment where pupils are supported in their learning and development and where the staff is respected. In order to ensure this for all pupils, sanctions are in place to act as a guide to appropriate behaviour, as a deterrent against unacceptable behaviour and as means of allowing pupils to reflect on their behaviour and its impact on their peers.

3.2 Scale of Sanctions


While it is hoped that sanctions will not have to be used in relation to a pupil’s behaviour, the following will all be considered in line with the above statement


All sanctions will be administered with due regard for the principles of fairness and natural justice and with consideration of the rights and responsibilities of all parties inherent in the Education Act (1998), Education Welfare Act (2000) and Equal Status Act (2000).



3.3 Suspension


Suspensions will be imposed with due regard for the principles of fairness and natural justice. The procedures in the case of Suspension as a sanction are contained in Appendix 1 of the Code of Behaviour.




3.4 Expulsion


Expulsions will be imposed with due regard for the principles of fairness and natural justice and in line with the provisions of Section 24 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000. The procedures in the case of Suspension as a sanction are contained in Appendix 1 of the Code of Behaviour.




4 COLLEGE RULES



4.1 Attendance & Participation


Rockwell College endeavours to support the regular attendance and full participation of pupils in their learning and development. It recognises that in a community environment active engagement by all pupils creates the best environment. Consequently, sanctions may be imposed when a pupil fails to have due regard for his/her own attendance and participation and the impact this may have on other pupils.


Rockwell College expects the following from its pupils:



These expectations are formulated in conjunction with the Attendance and Participation Strategy of Rockwell College.




5 RATIFICATION


5.1 Ratification



This policy with the attached Appendices was ratified by the Board of Management of Rockwell College on May 24th 2016 following a period of consultation.


5.2 Review

The Board of Management will review this policy and all related procedures on an on-going basis to ensure legal compliance, adherence to Department of Education & Skills procedures and the maintenance of best practice.


Sr Ena Quinlan 24th May 2016

Chairperson, Board of Management Date


APPENDIX 1: Suspension and Expulsion Procedures Rockwell College

 

  1. Introduction:


The Suspension & Expulsion Procedures of Rockwell College was formulated in conjunction with the Code of Behaviour of Rockwell College.

The purpose of this document is to outline the school’s approach in instances of Suspension or Expulsion and has been formulated taking due consideration of the rights and responsibilities inherent in relevant legislation and in the principles of fairness and natural justice.


This document reflects the aims of the Code of Behaviour of Rockwell College and is formulated in line with NEWB Guidelines.




  1. Definitions





  1. Rationale

Suspension is defined in NEWB Guidelines as “requiring the student to absent himself/herself from the school for a specified, limited number of days”



Expulsion is defined in NEWB Guidelines as “a decision to permanently exclude a pupil from the school, having complied with the provisions of Section 24 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.”



It is the aim of Rockwell College that pupils would recognise the consequence of unacceptable behaviour on their own learning and their peers’ learning and that this understanding would limit instances of poor behaviour. However, the school recognises that instances can take place that will require the removal of pupils on a temporary or permanent basis. These procedures detail the approach taken in such instances.



  1. Objectives

This document is intended:

  1. To ensure that the school is compliant with Section 23 (2) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 which requires procedures for Suspension & Expulsion to be included in the Code of Behaviour.

  2. To ensure that there is a clear understanding of how the school will approach instances of suspension or expulsion.

  3. To ensure that all parties are fully informed on the school’s approach.



  1. Decision to Suspend or Expel

Suspension or Expulsion will be considered as a sanction in instances when:

This list is not exhaustive. The responsibility of College management is the protection of pupils’ learning and safety, therefore pupils who impact on that in ways not listed above may be liable to suspension or expulsion.



  1. Procedures for Suspension:

Suspensions will be imposed with due regard for the principles of fairness and natural justice. The following applies in the case of Suspension as a sanction:



In circumstances where a pupil’s presence or behaviour in the school poses an immediate and significant threat, the Principal may impose an immediate suspension.




  1. Procedures for Expulsion:


Expulsions will be imposed with due regard for the principles of fairness and natural justice and in line with the provisions of Section 24 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000. The following applies in the case of expulsion as a sanction:



APPENDIX 2: General Rules of Rockwell College


  1. Expectations of Pupils



The following rules outline specific expectations of pupils attending Rockwell College:



















  1. Expectations in relation to Uniform









GIRLS’ UNIFORM

BOYS’ UNIFORM

  • Grey school trousers OR grey pleated knee-length skirt

  • White shirt with collar

  • School crested jumper

  • School tie

  • Brown or black flat heeled shoes

  • Grey school trousers with plain black or brown belt if required

  • White shirt with collar

  • School crested jumper

  • School tie

  • Black or brown plain shoes





  1. Use of cars by pupils:


  1. Use of Mobile Phones



The following are the areas and times designated for mobile phone use:


TIMES:

AREAS:


  1. Use outside these times and areas is not permitted.

  2. Mobile phones may not be used in the classroom unless the class teacher has given clear permission to do so.

  3. Mobile phones may not be used for social media content at any point while the pupil is on the school premises. This also applies when pupils are on school-related trips. Social Media includes, but is not limited to : Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram. Sanctions for misuse will be managed in line with the Internet Acceptable Use Policy of the College.

  4. It is strictly prohibited to record or photograph a teacher or pupil without that person’s expressed permission.