Standards and Expectations
Learning and Progress
At Epping St. John’s we emphasise behaviour fit for learning in classrooms and promote the following
- Arrive on time to lessons, properly prepared for the lesson (e.g. calculator for Maths).
- Settle quickly to your work and do as much as you can, to the best of your ability, in the time given.
- Have respect for yourself, respect other people and your environment.
- Take responsibility for your own actions and be honest.
- Do not distract others: keep your focus on the lesson.
- Put up your hand if you want to make a contribution to the lesson or ask a question.
- Listen to the teacher and to other students' contributions in class. Respect other people’s opinions.
- Switch off your mobile phone and iPod and keep them in your bag, not your pocket, from 8.30am to 3pm.
- Always write Home Learning in your Planner, complete it to the best of your ability and hand it in on time.
- If things aren't going your way: talk to someone. Don't take it out on others.
- If you have permission, you may drink water only in class: no other drink and no food are allowed; this includes chewing gum.
Students should aim to achieve at least 95% attendance each year (the national average). Students with attendance below 90% will be required to meet with their House Leader to discuss ways of improving their attendance.
In order to encourage students to attend school as much as possible, students receive Housepoints for good attendance and punctuality and awards for sustained attendance of 100% at termly House.
The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 prohibits Headteachers granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the Headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application. If you do take your child out of school and the leave has not been authorised or a leave of absence application not been completed, the Education Welfare Service may issue a penalty notice to each parent of £60 for each child to be paid within 21 days. If the penalty is not paid within the time scale the penalty will increase to £120
School uniform is one way in which we can display the school’s identity and values to the community. All students are therefore expected to wear the correct uniform at all times. The following rules apply throughout the school:
Regulation black blazer with school badge *
Regulation plain black trousers with a plain black belt
Plain white shirt worn with school tie
Plain navy or black socks (no bright colours)
Optional black v-necked jumper / sleeveless jumper with school badge*
Regulation black blazer with school badge*
Regulation school black and white checked skirt* (worn at knee length) or plain black trousers
Plain white blouse
Optional black v-necked jumper or black cardigan with school badge*
Plain white ankle socks or plain black or skin coloured tights.
Items marked with an * can be purchased from the school uniform supplier:
Points to Notes:
- Outdoor coats should be plain and principally dark in colour (black or blue) without extreme or excessive logos. Outdoor coats should not be worn within the school building.
- Any garment worn under the shirt for warmth should not be visible.
- Extreme haircuts and hair styles or colours are not considered suitable for school.
- One small stud per ear to maintain pierced ears and a watch may be worn. No other jewellery is permitted.
- School uniform must be worn correctly.
- Nail varnish/acrylic nails/excessive make-up are not to be worn for school.
To help maintain our high standards, all staff conduct regular checks of uniform. If students are not in the correct uniform, parents/carers will be contacted and students will be expected to be in full uniform the following day.
PE Kit Requirements
Compulsory PE Kit for Girls
Fitted black polo shirt with house colour strip*
PE shorts or PE skort with house colour strip*
Black sports socks
Optional plain black jumper / plain black jogging bottoms
Optional black tracksuit*
Compulsory PE Kit for Boys
Rugby shirt with house colour strip*
Points to Note
- Absolutely NO jewellery is to be worn in PE lessons
- All students are required to wear PE kit during PE lessons - even if injured or unwell, so that they can take on an appropriate role
- Students are encouraged to wear black base layers during cold weather for warmth.