1. Policy Statement

The British Council School has high expectations of its pupils academically, socially and morally not only within the context of the school but within wider society. It strives to provide a caring ethos where everyone in the school community feels safe, confident, valued and respected. By promoting an environment where everyone lives and works together in a supportive way, it enables all to reach their full potential.

The British Council School is committed to working in partnership with our parents and pupils to create an environment in line with our school aims and ethos where pupils feel safe, secure and happy, and are able to maximise their learning opportunities. We promote a positive ethos that encourages and reinforces good behaviour and the fostering of positive attitudes.

The primary purpose of this policy is to promote good behaviour. The British Council School has clear school rules. It believes that having high expectations of the whole school community and being good role models promotes positive behaviour.

This document sets out the expectations for behaviour at the British Council School. It also sets out procedures for dealing with poor or unacceptable behaviour as well as illustrating how positive behaviour is rewarded.

2. The framework for supporting good behaviour

The British Council School believes that if children are happy and secure in themselves then they will be:
  • better and more effective learners
  • happy
  • able to contribute meaningfully to the world around them

As such, the school has a framework that supports good behaviour comprising:

  • 5 core values
  • 6 Golden Rules (for use in Early Years)
  • Primary Value Awards
  • Secondary Learning and Solidarity Awards
  • Code of Conduct  

2.1. The 5 core values

The British Council School has 5 values that underpin everything. We seek to develop young people who know that:

  • Caring: Young people perform at their best when they are in a caring, nurturing environment. Our Family approach ensures this is the case.
  • Loyalty: Within their school Families, students have responsibilities to each other, support each other and are loyal to each other. We regroup families from time to time to foster loyalty to all fellow students.
  • Flexibility: In a rapidly changing world the future is uncertain. We encourage students to embrace opportunities and to open doors to new possibilities.
  • Resilience: Successful young people are confident that they can overcome adversity. That’s why we focus on building resilience.
  • Challenge: We encourage students to take on and overcome challenges, constantly achieving higher goals and progressing in all aspects of their development.

2.2. Golden Rules in Early Years

The British Council Early Years section has six Golden Rules followed by all staff that guide pupils’ behaviour in Early Years. The school expects parents to reinforce and support these rules at home.

  • Listen
  • Try your best
  • Be kind
  • Be gentle
  • Look after things
  • Be honest
For more information, please refer to the Early Years Behaviour Policy.

2.3. Good Behaviour in Primary

Throughout Primary the School’s 5 values (caring, loyalty, flexibility, challenge and resilience) underpin the expectations of behaviour and all classrooms will have the school values visible. Teachers will use these as the reference point for praise throughout all aspects of school.

A behaviour policy exists, in general:
  • to encourage good choices
  • to promote good habits
  • to help pupils develop good attitudes
It requires that we:
  • correct poor choices
  • sanction bad habits
  • help pupils to reshape bad attitudes

2.4. Good behaviour in Secondary

All members of staff can award students learning awards or solidarity awards using the student planner.

These awards are reviewed by Tutors and Family Leaders and celebrated in student assemblies. Awards are also communicated to parents through the student planner and the student report. These awards are also counted by Family and Families compete for the Wandering Cup on a termly basis.   

2.5. Code of Conduct

The British Council School operates a Code of Conduct which is published in the Student Planner and Community Site. This is based on the principle of respect which is defined as:

  • Self-respect: students should think for themselves and take pride in what they do.
  • Respect for others: students should show tolerance, understanding and courtesy towards other people.
  • Respect for learning: students should work in partnership with staff to create the best atmosphere in the school so that everyone can learn effectively.
  • Respect for the environment: students are expected to look after one’s own and others’ property so that the school is a pleasant, sustainable and safe place in which to be.

The rules in the Code of Conduct are educational with the aim of creating a respectful atmosphere. The sanctions/corrective measures, therefore, are based on the principles of reflecting and re-educating. The Code of Conduct should be read alongside the Student Planner.

The Code of Conduct is a detailed document covering all procedures related to school life and is based on “Plan de Convivencia de la Comunidad de Madrid.”      

3. Involvement of parents

The British Council School has high expectations of parents and guardians and as such, expects them to uphold the School’s policies and regulations. This is particularly relevant in relation to matters such as attendance and punctuality, behaviour, uniform and appearance, standards of academic work, homework, private study and extra-curricular activities.

4. Supporting documentation and procedures

This policy should be read in conjunction with the following documents:

  • Anti-bullying Policy
  • ICT Policy
  • Code of Conduct
  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development Policy
  • Complaints Procedure for Parents & Guardians
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Staff Handbook (per section)
  • Student Planner (Primary and Secondary)
  • Early Years Procedures



Adopted:        June 2021                                  Review:      July 2022



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