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Edmund Rice College, Glengormley

Code of Discipline

Good behaviour is a necessary condition for effective teaching and learning to take place. To this end the school has its code of discipline. It’s approach is two fold. Firstly, a system of rewards operates to encourage good behaviour. Secondly, a system of sanctions operates to discourage the breaking of school rules.

The Reward Process

1. The Exemplary Conduct Award

A certificate called the Exemplary Conduct Award is a monthly certificate that is presented to one pupil in each form class. The Principal presents this certificate at Assembly. The pupil is selected by the Form Teacher, using the criteria.

(a) Punctuality (b) Attendance (c) Appearance (d) Conduct

(e) Good presentation of homeworks

One pupil from each year receives an “Edmund Rice College” Pen.

2. The school merit system

Will operate in year 8 and 9 this year. It is a system implemented to reward pupils in our school who have good standards of work and behaviour.

After 10 weeks the pupils with the required number of points will receive a Bronze merit certificate and prize.

After 20 weeks the pupils with the required number of points will receive a Silver award.

After 30 weeks the pupils with the required number of points will receive a Gold award.

It is a very positive means of promoting good behaviour.

3. Prize Night

(a) Awards for academic achievements

(b) School Service Awards

(c) Awards for outstanding acting, articles for School Magazine, Attendance, punctuality, Sports achievements and work experience achievements.

4. Departmental certificates to recognise and encourage achievement and effort in each subject area.

Form Teacher

The Form Teacher is the number one contact for the pupil. The pupil should confide in the form teacher and make known to him/her any extraordinary difficulties that he meets in the course of the school week.

The form teacher or other member of staff may need to contact the home by phone or letter from time to time. This should not be regarded as a criticism of the home but as an appeal for help in dealing with difficulties. All problems can be quickly resolved with parental/guardian support and co-operation.

The staff makes every effort to encourage good behaviour. However, sanctions are on occasions necessary. To avoid these sanctions the pupils must observe the following school rules.


Applications of the sanctions below depend on the level of seriousness of unacceptable behaviour.

Examples of sanctions to be used according to degree of unacceptable behaviour in advance:-

Verbal Reprimand
Move place in class
Extra work
Personal detention
Temporary change of class
Official detention
Letter home
Parental Interview
Form Teacher Report Book 1
Form Teacher Report Book 2
Year Head Report Book 1
Year Head Report Book 2

If school detention is used a detention form will be sent home to the parent/guardian and the form has to be signed by them. When detention is necessary the parents are responsible for their son’s homeward journey. No pupil will be excused from detention.


Formal suspension may be considered appropriate for very serious misbehaviour in school uniform, in or out of school; i.e causing danger or damage to self, others or property, extreme defiance of authority or serious damage to the school’s reputation. Formal suspension is for 3-5 days according to regulations. There is provision for further extensions.

Refusal to support and to co-operate with the school in the implementation of the school’s discipline policy will be taken as an intention on the part of the parent to withdraw his/her son from the school.


This may be considered appropriate for extremely serious misbehaviour.
School Rules

These rules are designed to assist both the staff and the pupils in the School. It is our intention that these rules are explained to each pupil at the beginning of each term. A copy of the rules should be displayed in each classroom.

1. Punctuality – Pupils are expected to arrive in School not later than 8.45 am. The rolls are marked at registration at 8.50 am each morning.

2. Uniform – All pupils must wear the full school uniform.

3. Equipment – Pupils are expected to bring to School all the equipment that they require for that day – school bag, pens, pencils, books, PE gear.

4. Behaviour – We treat our school and everyone in it with respect. This means we do not say hurtful things to other pupils or staff, damage property or leave litter lying about. This high standard of behaviour is expected when travelling to and from school.

5. Homework – All work set by teachers must be properly set out, completed and handed in at the correct time.
Homework should be recorded in the homework diary.

6. Out of Bounds – Pupils are forbidden for their own safety to be in these areas unsupervised.

(i) School Playing Fields
(ii) Roof
(iii) Up steps leading to Irish classrooms
(iv) Back of Canteen
7. Corridors – Walk, on the left hand side, do not run. Move swiftly along and with the rest of your class.

8. Toilets – Toilets should be used in the morning, at break-time and lunch-time. Unless in a case of emergency pupils should not be in the toilets at any other time.

9. Jewellery – Pupils are not allowed to wear earrings, or rings of any description in school or travelling to and from school.

10. Medical /Dental Appointments – These should be made outside school hours.

11. Hairstyles – They should be moderate, number 0 or 1 haircuts are not allowed. Students who get such hair cuts will be sent home. Hair should not be bleached or coloured and should be kept neat and tidy. The length of students hair must be reasonable to comply with health and safety regulations for subjects like Science, PE, Technology and Art.