In formulating our behaviour policy we first define the terms ‘behaviour’ and ‘discipline’. Good behaviour is conduct that assists the school to fulfil its function. Discipline is a system of rules for good behaviour that aims to develop self-discipline in pupils and creates the conditions for an orderly community in which effective learning can take place. Discipline is the system, therefore, which aims to cultivate in pupils acceptance and recognition of responsibility for their own decisions and actions together with the consequences.
This policy is designed to promote good behaviour, rather than merely deter anti-social behaviour. We believe that pupils flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are met and where there are clear and developmentally appropriate expectations for their behaviour. To this end we encourage all members of the school to consider the feelings of others, accept personal responsibility for their actions and treat all property with due care irrespective of its ownership. All members of the school are expected to help maintain a caring atmosphere, conducive to learning, with courtesy and mutual respect as basic requirements.
Immanuel College’s Code of Conduct and School Rules and our Rewards and Sanctions detail clearly the expectations we have of our pupils. This is communicated and explained to pupils clearly at the beginning of the Succot Term, regularly throughout the year and is displayed outside all the Heads of Section offices.