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Code of Conduct & Expectations

Bushey Meads is an inclusive school driven by its core values of Belief, Motivation and Success.

Our strategic commitment underpins everything within the school:

We are committed to ensuring that all students enjoy reaching their full potential, becoming lifelong learners and positively contributing to society.”

We believe that behaviour is learned and our role is to model positive behaviour to create mutual respect. Every member of staff is required to interact with and manage students, encourage students to have positive attitudes to learning and help them to see that every mistake can offer an opportunity to learn, move on and improve. We believe that in sharing effective practices, the stronger our learning culture will become.

At Bushey Meads we expect our students to follow the three “R’s” of:

Respect

Relationships

Responsibility

For more information about some of our expectations, please click on the buttons below.

Equipment

Every student is expected to provide the following basic items of equipment for every lesson:

  • Reading book
  • 2 black or blue pens
  • 2 pencils
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Coloured Pencils
  • 4 different coloured highlighter pens
  • Purple biro style pen for correcting/improving work
  • Pair of compasses
  • Scientific calculator
  • Protractor
  • Set square
  • ‘Pritt Stick’ type glue
  • Round tipped safety scissors
  • Pocket dictionary
  • Pocket dictionary for MFL
  • Personal computer earphones

Tippex/Liquid paper is not allowed in school, neither are permanent marker pens eg. ‘Sharpies’

Students must not have mobile phones switched on at any time during the school day, including breaks and lunch times, unless permission has been granted by a member of staff. Mobile phones that are seen or heard during the school day will be confiscated immediately. MP3s, Walkmans, other audio players and electronic games are not allowed in school. Guidelines for the confiscation of items are as follows:

  • Using a mobile phone in a lesson/using when not allowed/ Mobile phone going off in a lesson: C5 and confiscation until the end of the day
  • Inappropriate use of a mobile phone: C5-7, and 2 weeks confiscation

We do not approve of mobile phones being brought onto the school site. Hertfordshire Police have informed us that students have been targeted by thieves in many areas of Hertfordshire on their way home. However, we do appreciate some students have long journeys and may wish to carry a phone on the way to school and on the way home.

Please note: if students carry a mobile phone during the school day, it is completely at their own risk. If it gets lost or is stolen, it is not the responsibility of the school.

Uniform

A high standard of personal appearance is expected of all students. Uniform is enforced in order to promote an orderly working environment and to eliminate visible differences in the affluence of students’ homes. Non-uniform items will be confiscated and kept in the school office until the end of the school day. For repeat offences items will be confiscated for a longer period and/or parents or carers will be required to collect the item from school.

BOYS

  • Smart black polyester/viscose straight leg or bootleg trousers
  • White shirt with buttoned collar (short or long sleeved) – this must be tucked into the trousers at all times
  • Green BMS branded blazer
  • Grey V-necked BMS jumper (optional) – available from the school uniform suppliers. Cardigans, hooded tops or other jumpers are not to be worn
  • House tie – available from the school uniform suppliers
  • Smart plain black leather shoes – see guidelines below
  • Socks – Plain grey or black socks
  • Coat – Plain black, dark green or navy (no denim, leather, patterned fabrics, ‘hoodies’ or items bearing logos)

GIRLS

  • Smart black polyester/viscose straight leg or bootleg trousers or smart plain black polyester/viscose skirt. The skirt must be no shorter than 5 cm above the knee and must not be tight fitting
  • White shirt with buttoned collar (short or long sleeved) – this must be tucked into the skirt/trousers at all times
  • Green BMS branded blazer
  • Grey V-necked BMS jumper (optional) – available from the school uniform suppliers. Cardigans, hooded tops or other jumpers are not to be worn
  • House tie – available from the school uniform suppliers
  • Smart plain black leather shoes – see guidelines below
  • Black or white ankle socks to be worn with trousers, black tights to be worn with skirts – white ankle socks may be worn in the summer with a skirt instead of tights.No knee high socks or trainer socks to be worn
  • Coat – Plain black, dark green or navy (no denim, leather, patterned fabrics, ‘hoodies’ or items bearing logos)
  • Plain black, dark blue, dark green or grey scarf or hijab
  • Plain black hair clips or hair bands. No flowers, bows or other adornments

Hats of any description are not to be worn in the school building.

Guidelines regarding footwear: Boots or fashion shoes are NOT allowed. Trainers or similar sports shoes are also NOT acceptable and should not be worn inside the school building nor on the journey to or from school. If there is a medical need to wear trainers, the School Nurse must receive a medical letter. The School Nurse will then examine the student’s feet to see if she agrees that the medical reason is valid. If not, plimsolls will be issued and the trainers will be confiscated and not returned until the student comes to school wearing shoes.

House Ties: Available to purchase from the school suppliers.

The House colours are as follows:

  • ASH – Pale Blue
  • BEECH – Purple
  • ELM – Royal Blue
  • MAPLE – Orange
  • OAK – Burgundy
  • SYCAMORE – Yellow
  • WILLOW – Red

Hairstyles

Hair should be kept neat and tidy and should not be dyed unnatural hair colours, be shaved off or have colours or patterns/ words cut or woven into it. ‘Cult’ hairstyles are not allowed. If students come to school with hairstyles deemed to be inappropriate, their parents will be asked to have the hairstyle changed to an acceptable style.

Jewellery

Pierced-ear jewellery: One sleeper earring or stud per ear is allowed but must be removed for reasons of health and safety if required by staff. No cartilage piercings or ear lobe extenders are permitted. Body piercings (other than for one pair of pierced earrings – see above): Body piercings are not allowed. If students come to school with pierced body jewellery, they will be asked to remove it. Until this is done, the student will work in isolation from their peers.

Make-up must be discrete (barely noticeable). Nail varnish or acrylic/gel nails must not be worn

Outdoor coats and outdoor footwear: These items are not to be worn in school during lessons or in school buildings. Black scarves and gloves may be worn on the way to and from school but must not be worn in the school buildings.

PE uniform: Both BOYS and GIRLS require the following items:

Black shorts (2 pairs) Short/ankle white socks Bushey Meads yellow P.E. polo shirt * Trainers Shin pads Towel

In addition GIRLS require: Long white socks Bushey Meads hooded sweatshirt *

Optional items: Plain black tracksuit bottoms or BMS branded leggings*

In addition BOYS require: Bushey Meads multi-sport top * Football/rugby boots Bushey Meads long socks *

Optional items: Plain black tracksuit bottoms Bushey Meads hooded sweatshirt*

* All items of P.E. Kit/Uniform marked with an asterisk are only available from our uniform suppliers

All P.E. kit and school uniform must be labelled with the student’s name

Lost Property and uniform surplus to requirements

All lost property is stored in the Pastoral Office. Students should check at the Student Window on a regular basis for any items they have lost. Any items that are not claimed by the end of each term will be donated to a local charity.

If the student’s items are named then any lost property delivered to the Pastoral Office is returned to the student immediately. Items lost are far more likely to be found again if the article is named.

School Uniform Suppliers

DJ Uniforms

45 High Street
Bushey
WD23 1BD

Opening hours
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat 9.30am – 5.30pm
Wednesdays 9.30am – 1.30pm
SUNDAYS & BANK HOLIDAYS CLOSED

Tel: 020 84219488
Website: www.djuniforms.co.uk
Email: [email protected]

Beat School Uniforms

Unit 1 Paramount Industrial Estate
Sandown Road
Watford WD24 7XA

Opening hours
Open Monday to Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sundays 10am to 4pm

Tel: 020 84219488
Website: www.beatschooluniforms.co.uk
Email: [email protected]

Watford School Uniforms

222, St Albans Road
Watford WD24 4AU

Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sundays: 11am to 4pm

Summer Opening Hours (July & August)
Monday to Saturday: 9am – 7pm
Sundays: 9am to 6pm

Tel: 0192 323 0000
Website: www.watfordschooluniforms.co.uk
email: [email protected]

Home School Agreement

At Bushey Meads School, we believe that partnership with parents and carers is an essential element in achieving our aims for our students. This home-school agreement sets out some of the important features of this partnership.

Our Aims and Values:

  • We have high academic, social and personal expectations of all at Bushey Meads
  • All children are entitled to equality of educational opportunity
  • We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in a stimulating environment designed to assist each student to realise his or her potential, both as an individual and as a member of society
  • We aim to equip our students for lifelong learning
  • We welcome and value the diversity represented within our school population
  • We promote respect for others, so that all of our students can feel happy and secure throughout their time at Bushey Meads
  • We value our positive partnership with parents and the wider community

The school will:

  • Promote high quality teaching and learning
  • Provide regular information about each student’s progress
  • Draw attention to any concerns without undue delay
  • Ensure that rewards and punishments are applied fairly and consistently
  • Endeavour to provide a safe environment and deal firmly with any discrimination or bullying

Parents and Carers are expected to:

  • Support the school’s aims and values, rules and discipline policy
  • Ensure that their child attends school fully and punctually
  • Ensure that no holidays are arranged to occur during term time
  • Provide a quiet place for their child to study and ensure that homework is completed on time
  • Sign their child’s planner weekly, taking note of any messages from teachers
  • Attend parents’ and carers’ consultation evenings
  • Ensure that their child attends in full school uniform and is properly equipped for lessons
  • Keep the school informed of any circumstances that may affect their child’s education

Students are expected to:

  • Support the school’s aims and values
  • Attend school fully and punctually
  • Work hard
  • Complete homework on time
  • Arrive at lessons properly equipped
  • Wear full school uniform
  • Behave in accordance with the school’s rules and discipline policy and treat other members of the school community with respect
  • Contribute to the life of the school in a positive manner
  • Respect the school site and equipment