Behaviour & Expectations

The Governing Body expects all parents to support the school and their child in upholding, modelling and ensuring good behaviour, both inside and outside of school.


Harlington School endeavours to enable every pupil to reach their potential through the promotion of a calm, positive and purposeful learning environment. Our Behaviour for Learning Framework emphasises a high regard for effective learning, self-regulation and social inclusion. Respect and personal responsibility for the pursuit of academic excellence underpins our focus on a relentless pursuit of excellent behaviour, high levels of attendance and punctuality, strict adherence to the wearing of our school uniform and positive and respectful attitudes towards one another.

Behaviour for Learning

Our Behaviour and Exclusion Policy is there to ensure that learning can take place without interruption, that our school is a safe, happy and welcoming place in which to learn and work, and that the reputation of our school in the wider community is that of a high achieving and caring school. The purpose of our behaviour framework is to ensure a consistent approach across the school in supporting excellent behaviour and learning. It ensures that all students understand what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and that every student understands their choices and the consequences.

The following section explains what is expected of Harlington School students and how the school will address incidents of unacceptable behaviour:

Student Behaviour Code

Students will behave in a way which shows ‘Respect for Learning’.

This means:

  • Attending each day and arriving on time for school and lessons.
  • Arriving to school, fully equipped and ready to learn.
  • Following instructions first time, every time.
  • Taking pride in all classwork and homework.
  • Demonstrating excellent behaviour in every lesson.
  • Students will behave in a way which shows ‘Respect for Self’.

This means:

  • Being honest with yourself and others.
  • Making effective use of your time.
  • Taking good care of yourself and your property.
  • Letting us know if you require help and support
  • Students will behave in a way which shows ‘Respect for Others’.

This means:

  • Being courteous, co-operative and friendly to others.
  • Showing consideration for other people’s feelings and points of view.
  • Ensuring your behaviour does not impact the learning of others.
  • Taking care of other people’s property.
  • Moving around the school safely and sensibly.
  • Students will behave in a way which shows ‘Respect for the School’.

This means:

  • Wearing full school uniform (as set out in the School Uniform Policy) on the journey to and from the School, wearing all items of school uniform correctly.
  • Taking care of school property and our environment.
  • Playing an active part in helping to improve the school and the local community
  • Promoting the School in a positive manner
  • Students will behave in a way which shows ‘Respect for the Community’

This means:

  • Behaving in a sensible, appropriate and polite manner at all times, particularly while on the journey to and from the School, while in school uniform, or being recognised as a student of Harlington School.
  • Taking care of our local environment and our neighbours
  • Refraining from doing or saying anything which could pose a threat to a fellow student, parent, volunteer or member of the public
  • Refraining from doing or saying anything which could adversely affect the reputation of the School or the local community
  • Abiding by the law and adhering to the reasonable expectations of the local community and society

All students who work to the best of their ability and show respect and kindness to everyone will be rewarded. Any student who chooses to either disrupt the learning environment, or who acts in any way that could be considered unkind or antisocial, will be sanctioned in line with our policy.

Everyone is welcome to study at Harlington School, provided they accept the responsibility of behaving in such a way that learning is not disrupted and everyone in the school community feels safe and happy.

Whilst on school business, such as school trips; in uniform or journeying to or from school, pupils are subject to the same expectations as when on the school premises.

Electronic Devices

The use of electronic devices (headphones and mobile phones and other devices) is prohibited at any time in the school building. This includes break and lunchtime, and also applies to the 6th Form area. On the rare occasions that staff would like students to use devices in class, for educational purposes, they will be told when this can occur. If seen in the building, students will have devices and headphones confiscated until the end of the day, and if they refuse to hand over their items they will be secluded from the main school. Diabetic children who use an App on their mobile phone to monitor their blood sugar levels are permitted to use their phones for this purpose.

Sanctions and the Behaviour for Learning Framework

Part 1: Traffic light System: How we conduct ourselves in lessons

Our framework for fostering great behaviour in lessons features a ‘traffic light’ system, comprising of a CHANCE, WARNING and REMOVAL. This system will be used to address incidents of poor behaviour in all lessons.

Part 2: Yellow Card System: How we conduct ourselves outside of lessons

Yellow cards are issued for poor behaviour out of class or for use of mobile phones and devices. They may be issued for a number of minor infringements, such as:

  • wearing uniform incorrectly
  • late or out of class without a note
  • being boisterous, behaving inappropriately or making noise in the corridor
  • using a mobile device in the building

School detentions (After school; 1 hour 20 minutes: 2.40pm – 4.00pm)

School detentions are issued for failure to comply with the terms set out in our Student Behaviour Code and Behaviour for Learning Framework. Any member of staff can recommend a school detention but this will usually be approved by a middle or senior leader. School detentions run from 2.40pm until 4.00pm. Parents will be informed of this sanction by text message. Any student removed from a lesson will automatically receive this sanction on the same day of their removal. Two yellow cards also result in a school detention.

Departmental detentions (After school; 30 minutes: 2.40pm – 3.10pm)

Departmental detentions can be issued by any member of staff for lack of effort, for failure to complete class or home work. Parents will be notified of this sanction by a detention slip issued to the student or a stamp in their planner. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their parents receive this notification. Students who fail to attend a departmental detention will serve a school detention the following day.

Late detention (Lunch break; 25 minutes)

Any pupil entering the school building after 8:10am will receive a late detention on the same day. Late detentions take place in a designated classroom during the first 25 minutes of lunch break. If a student fails to attend the late detention, they will be placed in a same day school detention detailed above. Parents will be informed via text message.

View our full Behaviour Policy