School Rules


SCHOOL RULES – ESTCOURT HIGH SCHOOL


The head in conjunction with the Governing body and staff, and after consultation with the elected pupil leaders will determine the school rules to ensure the effective running of the school. Continual disregard of the rules and consequent disruption of the system will be punished in a manner determined by the head. Refer to the disciplinary code and additional rules.

A positive and loyal attitude to the school is seen as a priority. Any form of cheek and disobedience to teachers and prefects is strictly forbidden.


  • 1. GENERAL BEHAVIOUR AND APPEARANCE


  • 1.1 Pupils are expected to be courteous and friendly to all teachers, other adults and pupils at all times.
  • 1.2 Certain misdemeanours, for example, hands-in-pockets and standing or leaning against a wall are not allowed, especially when a pupil is being addressed.
  • 1.3 No eating is allowed in the classroom during lessons.
  • 1.4 Chewing gum is not allowed in the school grounds.
  • 1.5 Bad language is forbidden.
  • 1.6 Smoking, the use of drugs and alcohol is forbidden.
  • 1.7 Possession of alcohol, cigarettes and drugs is forbidden.
  • 1.8 Cults are not allowed.
  • 1.9 Any form of vandalism (e.g. graffiti) and theft will be severely punished.
  • 1.10 Possession of dangerous weapons is prohibited.
  • 1.11 Cell phones are not allowed at school.
  • 1.12 Hawking/Vending at school by learners is prohibited.
  • 1.13 Pupils sitting during breaks must stand up when a teacher approaches.

  • 2. PUNCTUALITY


  • 2.1 Pupils must be punctual for all classes. If a pupil is late for any reason he/she must provide his/her teacher with a legitimate excuse.
  • 2.2 In the case of a pupil's late arrival being caused by a teacher, the pupil must provide a note from the teacher concerned stating the reason for his/her late arrival.
  • 2.3 No learner will be allowed into the school grounds without presenting a name card to the Security guards.

  • 3. NAME TAGS:


  • To be kept in blazer pockets. No pupil will be allowed unto the school grounds without a Nametag.

  • 4. DISCIPLINE


  • (a) In the classroom
  • (1) Each pupil is expected to behave in a manner in the classroom that will contribute to the efficient running of that class.
  • (2) When a teacher is out of the classroom the RCL representative must be in charge of discipline. Each class has an elected RCL representative.
  • (3) Pupils may only be dismissed after the bell has rung, for the end of the lesson, when his/her teacher gives permission for the class to leave the classroom.
  • (4) Every pupil must be in his or her register classroom during registration. If for any reason a pupil is late he/she must report to the office.
  • (5) The use of "Tippex" is forbidden.
  • (b) Outside the classroom
  • (1) Pupils must remain silent on the corridors, in the stairwells and on the steps. Running, fooling around, screaming, singing, whistling and jostling other pupils is strictly forbidden within the building. Pupils must move in a quiet and orderly manner in the corridors and on the steps between classes and after school has been dismissed.
  • (2) Pupils must walk in single file on the steps and corridors and not mill about in groups. Pupils should keep to the left.
  • (3) No pupils are allowed in the staffroom.
  • (4) Bathrooms: During school hours and between classes permission must be sought from the teacher concerned when a pupil needs to use the bathroom. This is not encouraged especially during lessons. Pupils must not wander around the school buildings after using the bathrooms during break.
  • (5) When it is raining all pupils are to stay in the covered quad. No pupils are allowed in the classroom.
  • (6) The benches on the grounds are for sitting on and chatting and not for any other purpose.
  • (7) Telephone calls may not be made during lessons.
  • (8) No punching, bullying, intimidation and gossiping are allowed on the school grounds.
  • (9) No physical contact is allowed between boys and girls. Behaviour between boys and girls should not make other pupils feel uncomfortable.
  • (10) No pupils may be on the corridors or in the bathrooms without possession of a “pass out” card.
  • (11) The buildings are out of bounds for all pupils during break, before, or after school unless specific arrangements have been made where the use of the buildings is a necessity. For example for conferences or meetings.
  • (12) No pupil may leave the school grounds during breaks or school time without written permission from the headmaster or deputy headmaster.
  • (13) No pupils are allowed to go to any secretaries during teaching time – unless ill.

  • 5. ILLNESSES


  • (1) Pupils who feel ill must obtain written permission from the headmaster/class teacher before consulting the secretaries to:
  • (a) Phone their parents to fetch them.
  • (2) No pupil may arrange for his/her parents to fetch him/her before someone in the office has granted permission.
  • (5) Upon their return pupils who have been absent should bring an absentee note to their class teacher.

  • 6. SCHOOL BAGS


  • (1) Each pupil’s bag is his/her own responsibility. No expensive articles such as valuable pens, mathematical instruments or money should be carried around.
  • (2) Bags should not be left in the buildings or foyers. Pupils must keep their bags with them at all times.
  • (3) Each pupil’s name should be written on his/her suitcase to allow easy identification.
  • (4) Bags must be left in the registration class during assembly – bags are not allowed in the supper room.

  • 7. NEATNESS


  • (1) Each pupil is expected to be tidy as regards his or her clothing, shoes, hair etc.
  • (2) Class venues, the grounds and buildings should be kept tidy at all times. No paper, peels etc. may be left lying around.
  • (3) Bathrooms should be kept neat. It is every pupil’s responsibility to ensure this.
  • (4) No graffiti is allowed on the desks or chairs. No other form of damage to the furniture is allowed.

  • 8. HAIR


  • Boys: their hair should be neat. Inspection will be held. No moustaches, beards or side burns are allowed. If hair is dyed during the school holidays, the colour must be out before returning to school. Pupils will be sent home to fix their hair.
  • * No gel or any other substance may be used on the hair.
  • * No cult or ultra-modern hairstyles are allowed. Hair may not be cut in a step.
  • * Boys may not wear jewellery. Only watches and medic-alert bracelets are allowed.
  • Girls: their hair should be tied back once it touches their collar. Only the following are allowed:
  • * Single white or black scrunchies, or bobbles. (White for Grade 12 – Black for the rest of the school).
  • * Only black satin or plastic Alice-bands may be worn.
  • * The length of fringes must be above the eyebrows or clipped back.
  • * Black hair clips should be worn. (NO SILVER).
  • * No ultra-modern styles (tails, high steps or coloured hair) are allowed. A soft perm is allowed on condition the style of cut is within the regulations – i.e. following the contours of the head.
  • * No gel or any other substance is allowed on the hair. (Lotion, conditioner etc.). Colour No 4 is not allowed.
  • * Extensions must be BLACK – no other colours allowed.
  • * Extensions must be long enough to be tied back – short extensions are not allowed.
  • * Anything remotely resembling Rastafarian dreadlocks is forbidden.
  • * Extensions must follow the contours of the head.
  • * A single extension may not be thicker than ½ a pencil width.
  • * No dyeing of hair or coloured streaks is allowed.
  • * If hair is dyed during the school holidays, the colour MUST be out before returning to school – NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. Pupils will be sent home to fix their hair.
  • * When extensions are tied back, the “ponytail” must be of such a width it can be encircled by the thumb and forefinger.
  • * Make-up, nail polish and jewellery (except watches and medic-alert bracelets) are not allowed.
  • * No "banana-clips" should be worn.
  • * Nail tips should not be longer then 3 mm and they must be kept clean.
  • * No lip-gloss is allowed (no substitute products are allowed e.g. Vaseline, Vicks, Zambuck) etc.

  • 9. CELL PHONES


  • Learners are not allowed to bring Cell Phones to school. Confiscated Cell Phones will be kept for the whole year.

  • 10. VEHICLES, MOTORBIKES AND BICYCLES

  • (1) Pupils may not receive "visitors" on the grounds without written permission from the office.
  • (2) No pupil may drive motor vehicles on the school premises.
  • (3) No pupil is allowed near the motorbikes, bicycles or staff cars during breaks.
  • (4) No pupil may drive a vehicle or a motorbike to school without a valid licence.
  • (5) No person may visit a teacher or pupil in a classroom without permission from the Headmaster.

  • 11. UNIFORM


  • JEWELERY
  • (1) Only plain gold or silver studs (no coloured stones allowed) or sleepers (1mm) may be worn by the girls. Only one pair of earrings is allowed.
  • (2) Boys may not wear earrings and no tattoos are allowed.
  • (3) SOCKS – grey with flannels for boys. Khaki with khaki shorts.
  • - white with summer uniform for girls.
  • - Black stockings in winter or black socks with slacks.
  • (4) LONGS:-
  • Boys – only REGULATION grey longs to be worn – no grey jeans or other modern styles.
  • Slacks must be hemmed and of a suitable length to prevent fraying at the back.
  • Slacks may not have slits at the side.
  • (5) SKIRTS:-
  • Girls – 4 panelled maroon/black skirts. Length 4cm above the knee.
  • (6) GIRLS SLACKS:- Black slacks must be bought from the school thrift shop! i.e. zip at the side and a seam down the front of the legs.
  • Slacks may not be adjusted to resemble “stove pipes” or “bell bottoms”. No “fashion slacks” allowed. Slacks must be hemmed and of suitable length to prevent fraying at the back. Slacks may not have slits at the side.
  • (7) GIRLS SHOES: Black regulation school shoes with buckle or laces or “daisies”.
  • BOYS SHOES: ONLY BLACK LACE UP
  • SCHOOL SHOES ARE ALLOWED No “slip-ons”, shoes with buckles or fashion styles i.e. Bronx.
  • (8) BLAZERS:- Must is worn to and from school, between classes and during breaks.
  • (9) T-SHIRTS:- Only white T-shirts/vests allowed under the shirt. No slogans to be visible.