Code of Conduct
Always try to do your best.
Treat everyone as you would wish to be treated.
Listen to and respect others’ views.
Keep classrooms tidy.
Be punctual and always have the correct uniform and equipment.
When you started at AHS you and your parents agreed to our home-school expectations. Your commitment is set out below:
Work to the best of my ability, aiming to fulfil my potential in all that I do.
Attend school lessons on time and appropriately equipped; take responsibility for my work. Be organised, meet deadlines and work towards my targets.
Ensure that the school site remains a pleasant and safe place to be, helping to keep it clean and tidy.
Have consideration for the learning needs of other students.
Dress according to the school uniform policy.
Behave with respect and consideration for others in school, treating people fairly, regardless of differences.
Be aware of the need for safety in school.
Make the school aware of any problems or concerns that affect me or my work at school.
Make the best of opportunities to represent the school and conquer or face new challenges.
Make the most of opportunities to take responsibilities within my Form and the School.
Registration and Attendance
Students are not allowed on the school site before 7.30 am. Any student arriving at school between 7.30 and 8.00 am needs to go through the main front entrance and wait in the canteen. From 8.00 am they can go to their form rooms. During the majority of the school day, only sixth formers may enter the school through the main entrance.
You should be in your form room by 8.45am. If you are not present when the register is called, you will be marked as absent. If you arrive before the end of registration, your tutor will change the mark to ‘Late’. If you arrive after registration has ended, you must sign in on the appropriate list in the main entrance hall.
All absence of more than one day must be explained by a written note or email from your parent. If your parents want you to miss school for a particular reason, they should fill in a ‘Leave of Absence’ form which can be accessed here. Holidays will not usually be authorised by the school in term time.
Records of late arrivals and unauthorised absences are kept. This information will be used by the school in any references asked for by your future employers; it is important that you make every effort to maintain a good record of attendance and punctuality throughout your time at AHS.
Medical and dental appointments should be made outside school time whenever possible. You should bring in a note from your parents or your parents should send an email to school either before or on the day of the appointment to let us know what time you will be leaving and the reason.
Whenever you sign out of school you must sign out at reception to ensure that your absence is taken into account in the event of a fire. When you return from an appointment you must sign back in at reception.
Movement Around the School
Walk on the left hand side of all corridors.
To ease congestion in the science block and tower block one way systems exist. Follow the signs which are clearly displayed at entrances and on the stair wells.
Access to the Harding Hall is through the Gym block. Do not use the Main Hall as a short cut.
Do not enter science laboratories, IT or technology rooms until a teacher has asked you to do so. At break and lunch times you should not be in either of these areas unless you are supervised by a member of staff. Neither food nor drink must be brought into these buildings unless as part of a planned lesson.
Although you may carry food purchased in the canteen to your form room you may not eat or drink in any of the corridors. This causes unnecessary litter and spillages.
In an emergency you may ask to use the phone in reception.
The Turnfurlong exit and fences along all sides of the field are out of bounds to all students during the school day. This is to ensure your own safety on a large site where you are not always within sight of members of staff. The only exceptions are Year 11 students, who may wish to leave the site on Wednesday lunchtimes, and the sixth form.
Conduct in Lessons
At the start of each lesson in the lower school all students are expected to stand up when the teacher enters the room. This is left to the discretion of individual teachers in the upper school. There should be silence whilst the register is taken and at all points in the lesson when a teacher or student is addressing the whole class. Food and drink will not normally be consumed in lessons.
At the end of the lesson students should push their chairs under the desks, pick up any litter, and wait quietly to be dismissed. At the end of the day your teacher will tell you whether chairs should be stacked or placed on top of the desks.
Use of Form Rooms at Break or Lunch Times
We are fortunate in being able to trust our students to have access to their tutor rooms at break or lunch times. Packed lunches may be eaten in these rooms but care must be taken not to drop litter or spill drinks. Drinking water is available around the school; students should bring their own water bottles as the school does not provide plastic cups. It is the responsibility of the whole tutor group (and not just the environment rep) to make sure that the floor, desks and chairs are entirely free from litter or spillages by the end of each break or lunch time. This includes any litter dropped by other classes; another form may be picking up litter left by a class you have just been part of.
Any forms whose rooms are repeatedly left in a mess will have access at break and lunch times withdrawn.
After school the Library is usually open for you to do homework from 3.30pm until 4.30pm on Mondays to Thursdays (you need to book in and out each day). Otherwise, if you have to wait in school after 3.30pm, and are not taking part in a supervised activity, you should sit in the dining room or reception.
Care of Belongings
The school does not have an insurance policy which covers the loss of personal belongings on the school premises. You should therefore not bring items of value into school.
You are responsible for ensuring the safety of all your possessions and everything should be clearly named. Lockers are provided and you are allowed to carry a purse with you at all times if you wish. During PE lessons post boxes have been provided for the safe-keeping of small valuables.
Amounts of cash exceeding £5 should not be brought in to school. If there is a particular reason for bringing in a larger sum of money you should leave it at reception for safe keeping during the day. There is no need to bring money in for school trips and visits since payment is through Parentmail.
Books and Equipment
Exercise books should be kept neat and tidy. Covers should be kept free from graffiti. You should keep text books in a good condition because, if they are lost or damaged, the cost of a replacement will be charged to you. All books and equipment should be clearly named.
You should report any missing items to the reception at break or lunch time. On a regular basis all items of unclaimed lost property are put on display in the dining room. Following this all items which remain unclaimed are disposed of.
Lost locker keys can replaced through the Finance Office. There is a £5 charge for a duplicate.
Tipp-ex and Chewing Gum
Neither Tipp-ex (or any other form of correction fluid) nor chewing gum are allowed in school.