Promoting Acceptable Adult Visitor Behaviour on School Premises

 

Overview:
Schools are private places even though they serve a public function. Parents and guardians of pupils who
are on the school roll have an ‘implied license’ to enter school premises. The headteacher and governors
have the power set out the terms and conditions for this licence. The headteacher is legally responsible for
the day to day running and organization of the school and so decides the acceptable standard for the
behaviour of adult visitors to the site. A parent’s licence to enter the school premises may be withdrawn by
the headteacher if they behave in a manner that is harmful to others.The ethos of this school requires all
visitors to behave in an acceptable manner when on school premises. On almost all occasions parents,
guardians and other visitors are polite, proper and behave in an acceptable manner. On the very rare
occasions when the behaviour of a visitor falls below the standard that the school expects the headteacher
will act in accordance with this policy


Aims:
1. To ensure that adults visiting the school behave in a polite and proper manner and that they conduct
themselves in an acceptable way.
2. To ensure that all adults including visitors and members of staff are treated properly and respectfully.
3. To protect all in school from intimidating, unreasonable or threatening behaviour.
4. To ensure the safety and welfare of all in school.
5. To ensure that people raise issues or complaints in a polite, proper and acceptable manner.
6. To ensure that there is zero tolerance of raised voices, threatening language or other unacceptable
conduct on school premises.


Strategies:
To meet our aim we will ensure that the following strategies are employed:
1. If the unreasonable or unacceptable behaviour of a visitor causes concern, the headteacher will ask that
person to modify their behaviour and remind them of standard of behaviour expected of them whilst on the
school’s premises. If they are unable to comply they will be required to leave and to make an appointment
to return when they can conduct themselves in an acceptable manner.


2. On any occasion where a visitor becomes angry, agitated or aggressive they will be given the
opportunity to calm down. If they are unable to calm down they will be required to leave and make an
appointment to return when they can conduct themselves in an acceptable manner.


3. To ensure the safety and well-being of those in school the headteacher has the authority to set
conditions under which those who have acted against the principles set out in this policy may visit the
school on future occasions.


4. The headteacher will write to any person who has behaved unacceptably setting out the reasons for their
action and the conditions under which they may in future enter the school premises
5. The headteacher will notify the chair of the governing body and the appropriate LA officer of any situation
where restrictions have been applied.


6. If a person enters school premises without the headteacher’s permission they will be asked to leave
immediately. If they refuse, the police will be asked to remove them and they may risk prosecution under
Section 547 of the Education Act 1996.


Equal Opportunities and Inclusion
At St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School we plan to provide for all pupils to achieve, including boys
and girls, higher achieving pupils, gifted and talented pupils, those with SEN, pupils with disabilities, pupils
from all social and cultural backgrounds including those who are Pupil Premium, Looked After Children and
those who are subject to safeguarding, pupils from vulnerable groups and pupils from different ethnic
groups and those from diverse linguistic backgrounds.


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Outcomes and impact:
St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School is committed to ensure that adults visiting the school behave in
an acceptable manner. On the very rare occasions where this is not the case the headteacher will use the
strategies set out in this policy to ensure that the school’s expectations are met. The headteacher has the
legal authority to require any person who behaves in an unacceptable manner to leave the premises
immediately and to request the police to remove them if they do not leave.


Policy Links:
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Staff Code of Conduct
Whistle Blowing 

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