Code of conduct in the classroom

Classrooms (including labs, workshops and gyms) are places of work. Just as in any factory or office, rules and expectations need to be clearly understood to allow everyone to work successfully, safely and enjoyably. Pupils must be ready to learn.

1. Before pupils enter a classroom, the expectation is that pupils will:

  • Arrive at class on time
  • Wear full school uniform.
  • Line up before each lesson under the supervision of their teacher.

2. At the start of lessons, pupils must:

  • Enter rooms in silence and go straight to your workplace, sitting where the teacher requires you to sit.
  • Take off and put away any outdoor wear (not on your desk)
  • Have pen, pencil, ruler, diary and any books or folders needed
  • Take out books, pens and equipment
  • Put bags away (not on desks)
  • Start ‘focus work’
  • Remain silent during registration (except when your name is called!)

3. During lessons, pupils must:

  • Remain silent and concentrate when the teacher talks to the whole class.
  • Put up your hand to answer a question. Do not call out (unless you are asked for ideas)
  • Work sensibly with classmates, respecting the view of others. Do not distract or annoy them
  • Refrain from talking to classmates unless it is part of a class activity.
  • Treat classmates with respect, no teasing.
  • Wait until after class to discuss a disagreement with a teacher – absolutely no arguing in class
  • Be detained, if late with no justification, for a set amount of time in order to make up the work.
  • Record homework in the School Planner
  • Not eat, drink or chew in lessons. If caught you will have to empty your mouth, hand in any other food or drink and receive a sanction.
  • Not bring walkmans, radios, mobile phones, mp3 players, all electronic devices, magazines or other distractions. If seen they will be confiscated. If your mobile phone is seen or heard during the lesson, it will be confiscated by the teacher
  • Not leave a lesson without a note from a teacher.
  • SLANT – Sit, Listen, Attitude, Nod, Track

4. End of lessons:

  • The tannoy/pips are not the signals for you. They are information for the teacher
  • You should not begin to pack away or put on outdoor wear until your teacher tells you to do so
  • When told, stand and push in or put up your chairs. Any litter should be picked up
  • Only when your teacher finally tells you to go may you leave the room.

5. Finally, but most importantly, teachers are in the position of parents/guardians while you are in school. This means in particular that:

  • There is no excuse for rudeness or disrespect towards teachers
  • Any reasonable request from a teacher should be carried out at once and without argument.
  • Breaking either of these basic rules will be treated as a VERY serious matter.


Code of conduct for pupils around the academy

  • Treat everyone with courtesy and expect in turn to be treated with courtesy.
  • Allow everyone to feel comfortable and safe in school.
  • Always walk on the left.
  • Walk sensibly along the corridors.
  • Walk quietly, keeping appropriate voice level
  • Do not run. Running can seriously undermine the Health and Safety of all in the school community
  • Do not push. You must move safely around the school.
  • Eat only in the appropriate places - dining hall, playground.
  • No eating/drinking in the corridors. We want pupils to be proud of their school environment.
  • Respect the environment. Use the bins provided and help to keep our school as clean and healthy as possible.
  • Hats, caps, bandanas and hoodies are not allowed on the school site.
  • Do not congregate around the reception, main school door, front of the school, staffroom, classrooms or offices.
  • Absolutely no play fighting
  • Respect other students, their work and belongings.
  • Use appropriate language and be respectful to all other students, staff and visitors.


Code of Conduct for pupils outside the school

  • Students are expected to be responsible citizens of the local community and good representatives of the Academy, particularly in the following ways:
  • Show respect to others
  • Under no circumstances do something that brings the school into disrepute
  • Keep the neighbourhood free of litter – put all wrappers, paper, cans, etc. in rubbish bins
  • Exhibit good behaviour when travelling to and from school
  • Use appropriate language in public
  • Use appropriate manners at bus stops and on public transportation (no rough play or being loud on the buses or at the bus stops)
  • No fighting (fighting with another student from the school or with students from another school before or after school will be treated as a fight in school)


Please review our student code of conduct document.

The Walworth Standard 20-21.pdf


Last reviewed: September 2018