The purpose of this disciplinary code is to ensure that pupils:
i. maintain high standards of academic work;
ii. maintain high standards of personal presentation/appearance;
iii. maintain high standards of punctuality; and
iv. are well-mannered and courteous towards teaching staff, support staff, parents, visitors and each other.
All teachers are expected to take responsibility for the good conduct and good behaviour of pupils at Peterhouse – it is not just the responsibility of Housemasters, Housemistresses, other senior staff and Prefects to ensure that high standards of discipline are maintained.
It is often the case that a minor disciplinary matter can be effectively resolved without needing to use any formal disciplinary sanction (i.e. an admonishment is often all that is required); in the first instance classroom teachers are expected to deal with disciplinary matters of this type without passing them ‘up the line.’
The following guidelines should be used when disciplining pupils formally:
Under no circumstances (with the exception of Tuesday/Thursday morning detention) will a pupil be made to rise earlier than 06.00 as part of a disciplinary sanction, except as directed by a Housemaster/Housemistress and under no circumstances will a pupil be made to miss breakfast, lunch or supper as part of a disciplinary sanction.
Sanctions applied by teachers for bad work
The pupil should be made to re-do a piece of work or, alternatively, do some extra work. In order to administer this form of academic sanction the pupil should be detained at break or at another time at the teacher’s discretion/convenience. It is not necessary for the teacher concerned to refer a minor concern of this type to the relevant Housemaster/Housemistress.
More serious concern
Morning Detention: 05.30 to 06.15 Tuesday and Thursday
Morning detention should be used for pupils who repeatedly produce poor work or who repeatedly fail to produce a required piece of work. The pupil must be set appropriate work by the teacher concerned.
Pupils who miss a Tuesday or Thursday Detention without a reasonable excuse will be placed in Sunday Detention.
Morning detention is administered by the Senior Master (PHB)/Deputy Head (PHG) and staffed by the duty house.
Sanctions applied by teachers for bad behaviour
The pupil concerned should be admonished by the teacher. It is not necessary for the teacher concerned to refer a minor concern to the relevant Housemaster/Housemistress.
More serious concern
Morning Detention: 05.30 to 06.15 Tuesday and Thursday
Morning detention may also be used as a sanction for poor behaviour. The pupil must be set appropriate work by the teacher concerned and should return the completed work to the teacher on the day of the detention.
Sunday Detention/Sunday tasks: 10.00 to 12.00 Sunday morning
Sunday detention/Sunday tasks should be used for repeated poor work/bad behaviour. A pupil placed in Sunday detention must be set appropriate work by the teacher concerned and should return the completed work to the teacher on the Monday following the detention. Sunday tasks will involve repairing school property, gardening, cleaning facilities etc.
It should be noted that Sunday detention/Sunday tasks takes precedence over all other activities i.e. a pupil placed in Sunday detention/Sunday tasks may not take a floating w/e and may not participate in any other non-school activity/event. It is important therefore that Sunday detention/Sunday tasks is used both sparingly and appropriately.
Sunday detention/Sunday tasks is administered by the Senior Master (PHB)/Deputy Head (PHG) and staffed by the duty house.
If appropriate, pupil disciplinary matters/issues should be referred to the relevant Housemaster/Housemistress or to another senior member of staff.
Sanctions applied by Housemasters/Housemistresses
In addition to the sanctions listed above Housemasters/Housemistresses have specific authority to punish pupils as follows:
House Tasks (during the week)
Housemasters/Housemistresses may discipline pupils by giving them appropriate house tasks such as sweeping corridors, cleaning windows, weeding around the house etc.; under no circumstances should a pupil be made to clean ablution blocks.
House tasks should be overseen by the Housemaster/Housemistresses or duty member of staff.
A Housemaster/Housemistress may decide to gate a pupil on Sunday. A pupil who is gated on Sunday will be on the following regime:
i. Sunday tasks
ii. Required to have his/her gating book/slip signed at intervals of one hour by a teacher
iii. Required to participate in all house duties
iv. Must wear Number 1 uniform at all times (except when doing tasks)
v. Will be given no access to the house TV room
vi. Not allowed any gadgets
vii. Will be confined to the House/old DH from 08.30 – 17.00 with the exception of attendance at chapel/tasks.
A Housemaster/Housemistress may decide to gate a pupil for a week i.e. for 7 days. A pupil who is gated for a week will be on the following regime:
i. Friday & Saturday night prep in House/old DH from 19.00 to 21.30
ii. Tuesday & Thursday Detention and Sunday tasks
iii. Required to have his/her gating book signed at intervals of one hour by a teacher
iv. Required to participate in all house duties
v. Must wear Number 1 uniform at all times (except when doing Sunday tasks)
vi. Will be given no access to the house TV room
vii. Will not be allowed access to any gadgets
viii. Will be confined to the House/old DH on Sunday from 08.30 – 17.00 with the exception of attendance at chapel/tasks.
Housemasters/Housemistresses must consult with the Rector/HMPHG before placing a pupil on a weekly gating.
Disciplinary action taken by Housemasters/Housemistresses will be considered for antisocial behaviour such as:
• Bad manners/behaviour (specifically in DH)
• Poor punctuality
• Breakages through negligence
• Minor insubordination (disobedience)
• Being out of bounds
• Noise and disruption
• Bad sportsmanship
• Possession of illegal gadgets
• Breaking transport regulations
And for poor presentation such as:
• Untidy living/working space (i.e. lockers, bed etc.)
• Incorrect dress and poor personal presentation (hair, dress, shoes, etc.)
• Poor standards of personal cleanliness/hygiene
Housemasters/Housemistresses are required to refer the following matters to the Rector/HMPHG if they judge them to be sufficiently serious:
2. Cheating (especially in an exam)
8. Missing lessons, sporting or cultural fixtures
9. Any other matter deemed to be sufficiently serious
Housemasters/Housemistresses are required, on all occasions, to refer the following matters to the Rector/HMPHG:
1. Alcohol abuse
2. Any offence involving the police/illegal activities
3. Drug related matters
5. Sexual misconduct
10. Any other matter deemed to be sufficiently serious
Under such circumstances and when it is possible that serious disciplinary action may be necessary the matter will be investigated by the Senior Master (PHB)/Deputy Head (PHG). This is investigation is likely to include the following:
1. Collecting statements from the pupil(s) involved (on the relevant form)
2. Collecting statements from any relevant staff
3. An interview with the pupil(s) concerned
The Senior Master (PHB)/Deputy Head (PHG) and/or Housemaster/Housemistress will inform the parents of the pupil(s) concerned that an investigation is underway; the parents will also be informed of the allegation being investigated.
At the end of the investigation the Senior Master (PHB)/Deputy Head (PHG) will submit any written statements to the Rector/HMPHG together a report into the matter. The Rector/HMPHG will then decide whether or not it is necessary to hold a formal disciplinary meeting with the pupil(s) and parent(s) concerned.