Code Of Conduct

For Parents/Carers and other visitors to school


At Coton-in-the-Elms Primary we are very fortunate to have very supportive and friendly parents without which we would not be able to function so successfully as a Christian School.  Our parents recognise that educating children is a process that involves partnership between parents, class teachers and the school community.  As a partnership our parents will understand the importance of a good working relationship to equip children with the necessary skills for adulthood.  For these reasons we continue to welcome and encourage parents/carers to participate fully in the life of our school.

The purpose of the policy is to provide a reminder to all parents and visitors to our school about expected conduct.  This is so that we can continue to flourish and achieve in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect.


As well as following the guidance set out in the Home-School Agreement, we expect parents and carers to:

  • respect the Christian Ethos of our school;
  • demonstrate that all members of the school community should be treated with respect and therefore set a good example in their own speech and behaviour;
  • demonstrate that both teachers and parents work together for the benefit of their children;
  • respect and support the behaviour systems and any punishments to children;
  • seek to clarify a child’s version of events with the school’s view in order to bring about a peaceful solution to the situation;
  • correct own child’s behaviour especially in public where it could otherwise lead to conflict or aggressive behaviour or unsafe behaviour;
  • approach the school to help resolve any issues of concern at an appropriate time and in an appropriate place e.g. classroom, office, not playground.

In order to support a peaceful and safe school environment, the school community will not accept any of the following types of behaviour:

  • disruptive behaviour which interferes or threatens to interfere with the operation of a classroom, an employee’s office, office area or any other area of the school grounds;
  • questioning decisions made by staff in front of children or other parents;
  • openly criticising the school, staff, pupils or other parents on the school premises, or on social networking sites;
  • using loud and/or offensive language, swearing, cursing, using profane language or displaying temper;
  • threatening to do actual bodily harm to a member of school staff, fellow parent/carer or pupil regardless of whether or not the behaviour constitutes or may constitute a criminal offence;
  • damaging or destroying school property;
  • abusive or threatening emails or phone messages;
  • the use of physical aggression towards another adult or child.  This includes physical punishment against your own child on school premises;
  • approaching someone else’s child in order to discuss or chastise them because of their actions towards their own child,  (Such an approach to a child may be seen to be an assault on that child and may have legal consequences.);
  • smoking and consumption of alcohol or other drugs;
  • spitting on school premises.

Should any of the above behaviour occur on school premises, the school may feel it necessary to contact the appropriate authorities and even prohibit the offending adult from entering the school grounds.

We trust that parents and carers will assist our school with the implementation of this code of conduct and thank you for your continuing support.

*This code of conduct has been created in consultation with staff, Governors and parents.

March 2012.