Halcyon Guiding Principles and Code of Conduct

Guiding statement:


Mahatma Gandhi

Guiding Principles:

  • Treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself

  • Respect difference

  • Be your own leader

  • Take responsibility for your own learning

  • Help & support others in Halcyon and in the wider community

  • Work as a team

  • Take pride in your work. Work to the best of your abilities

  • Don't be afraid to take risks

  • Have a positive attitude

  • You are part of our community - participate actively.

Operating guidelines:

The operating guidelines are based on establishing individual qualities, including: equality, creativity, leadership, independence, integrity and individuality


  • Be self-aware in all forms of communication

  • Listen to others when they speak

  • Respect the school environment

  • Show sympathy, empathy, patience & kindness to others

  • Be fair

  • Be creative & think “outside the box”

  • Come to school fully prepared for the day

  • Be punctual and keep to deadlines

  • Be brave & prepared to ‘push yourself’

  • Exercise self-control and self-discipline

  • Reflect on your actions & be aware of their impact on yourself and others

  • Take responsibility for appropriate use of all electronic devices.


  • Bully people in any way or form

  • Take out your anger on other people around you

  • Interrupt people - verbally or through distractions

  • Behave in a way that may threaten the safety of yourself or others.

“Take flight like the Kingfisher”

Expectations and rules

In Class

All students have a right to learn and there is a need to avoid behaviours that impact negatively on others’ rights to learn or that impede your own learning

- Respect the learning environment of the classroom - monitor your behaviour to ensure it is appropriate and follow class procedures and routines.

- Respect others’ rights to listen and be heard in the classroom.

- Make the most of your learning opportunities. Engage with tasks with a focused and committed approach.


Health and Safety rules

In order to ensure that Halcyon students and staff can operate in a healthy and safe school environment the following rules apply:

Inside the building

  • Walk everywhere and keep to the right on the stairs.

  • The lift is exclusively for Beginnings nursery, so please do not use it.

  • Always wear your security lanyard with your photo ID.

  • Never bring drugs, alcohol or chewing gum to school.

  • Never go outside the physical limits of the school.  The following areas are strictly off limits and are separated from the rest of the building by electronic doors:

    • The kitchen and basement area.

    • The stairs behind the Canteen / student toilets.

    • The mezzanine landing

  • Please do not go into the following rooms without a teacher:

    • The Hall.

    • The staff workroom or library on the mezzanine floor.

    • The rooms through the big doors on the first floor.
      The hub

Outside the building

  • Walk in pairs on the pavements.

  • Be very careful crossing roads and obey your accompanying teachers.

  • Be mindful of your own personal security e.g. keep your mobile phones and iPads out of sight.

  • Store the school telephone number in your phone; you never know when you might need it.

Using the Hall

  • It is essential that the floor, fixtures and fittings are not damaged in any way, so when in the Hall please do not:

    • Use a ball larger or heavier than a table-tennis ball.

    • Ride on scooters or anything with wheels.

    • Walk or play on the stage.

    • Touch any theatre arts / drama related props or equipment.

  • It is also essential to keep yourself safe and secure so when in the Hall please do:

    • Whatever the duty teacher or security guard asks you to.

    • Wear something on your feet, but only the type of footwear that does not mark the floor.

    • Ensure that you keep well away from any Beginnings children and parents who enter the Hall.


Acceptable Use of Technology

  • Do not use devices for streaming or downloading films or music unless you are given specific permission.

  • Do not use devices for gaming in school unless you are given specific permission to do so - for example game based learning.

  • Lunchtimes and lunch breaks are ‘tech free times’. Please don’t have devices on tables in the canteen at lunchtime.


Not following a rule or guideline can have a negative impact on the wellbeing, safety and/or right to learn of yourself or other members of our community. We all need to be accountable for our actions and mindful that our actions have consequences. Therefore if any student does not follow these rules or guidelines, the following consequences may apply:                                       

Minor incidents:  
Reminder from teacher / Formal conference with teacher

Repeated minor incidents or more serious incident:
Reminder from teacher / Formal conference with teacher / Informal conference with teacher / Temporary withdrawal of privileges (e.g. use of personal device for leisure time in morning break) / Reflection/reparation during break time / Removal from class (to another classroom or Head’s office) / Contact parents by phone / Formal conference with student and parents / Formal conference with student and Head, which may involve parents / Official warning letter from Head

Very serious incident: 
Temporary Exclusion / Permanent Exclusion