Values and Ethos

The Aims of Lever House

To provide a supportive, secure and stimulating learning 

environment within which, each child has the opportunity to reach their full

potential in academic, creative, physical and moral areas.

To prepare our children for the experiences, opportunities and

responsibilities of adult life, and to develop in them a full appreciation for the

quality of both natural and man-made environments.

Above all – our key words are “Learning, Creativity and FUN”.

Parent/Carer Code of Conduct

At Lever House Primary School we value our strong relationship with parents and carers; and recognise that by working together we can help our children achieve their very best.

We continually welcome and encourage parents / carers to participate fully in the life of our school.

To create the best outcomes for our children – the relationship between home and school must be based on the principles of care, integrity, trust and mutual respect.

The maintenance of this relationship is important to ensure that children are safe (please read our safeguarding policy) and not open to undue distress and anxiety.

All members of a school community are entitled to be able to work or visit without fear of verbal or physical assault or fear of assault. It is the purpose of this policy to promote and support this entitlement and provide guidance to all stakeholders as to how this might occur.

Underlying Principles

All staff and visitors are reminded:

  • To respect the ethos and values of the school
  • That both teachers and parents need to work together for the benefit of their children.
  • The school needs to work with a child(ren) in order to clarify their version of events in order to bring about an appropriate solution to an issue.
  • To correct their child’s actions especially where it could lead to conflict, aggressive or unsafe behaviour – both on and off the school premises.
  • Parents and visitors are welcome to come into school to discuss matters of concern with members of staff.
  • Approaching school staff for help to resolve an issue is done in an appropriate manner.
  • All meeting held in school are by mutual consent.
  • All meetings will take place in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust using appropriate language and behaviour.

A note on meetings:

If a visitor enters the premises and refuses to leave, this behaviour may give rise to a criminal offence. Staff will request the person to leave the premises but should not place themselves in a position of risk. If violence is threatened, if there is a breach of the peace, or a likelihood of this, the police will be informed by an emergency call.

Meetings with parents or visitors will be though an appointment system for general enquiries, support and advice. However it is recognised that emergency meetings may need to be convened at short notice and in this case all parties will endeavour to meet at the earliest opportunity.

Where parents or visitors do not conduct themselves in an appropriate manner during meetings or discussions the meetings should be terminated and the parent/visitor asked to leave the premises. Where conduct has been such as to warrant it, the police will be informed. The school will instigate proceedings (through the Legal Services Department) to ban persons acting in such a manner from the school premises.

In order to support a peaceful and safe school environment the school will not tolerate parents, carers or visitors exhibiting the following:

  • Disruptive behaviour which interferes or threatens to interfere with any of the schools operation or activities anywhere on the school premises.
  • Any inappropriate behaviour on the school premises.
  • Using loud or offensive language or displaying temper.
  • Threatening, in any way, a member of school staff, visitor, fellow parent/carer or pupil.
  • The use of physical or verbal 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 the actions of this child 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, taking illegal drugs or the consumption of alcohol on school premises.
  • Dogs being brought on to school premises (other than guide dogs).
  • Damaging or destroying school property.

In order to promote a harmonious school family, the following will not be tolerated:

  • Sending abusive or threatening e-mails or text/voicemail/phone messages or other written communications to anyone within the school community.
  • Posting defamatory, offensive or derogatory comments regarding the school or any of the pupils/parent/staff at the school on Facebook or other social sites.

Should any of the above occur on school premises the school may feel it is necessary to take action by contacting the appropriate authorities and/or sadly, consider banning the offending adult from entering the school premises.

Thank you for abiding by this policy in our school. Together we create a positive and uplifting environment not only for the children but also all who work and visit our school.

Note: Parents please ensure they make all persons responsible for collecting their children aware of this policy.