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School Rules

Schools are able to set their own rules, usually written by the Headteacher and agreed by the Governors. Many rules are made for health and safety reasons and it is important to follow them.

School rules should be made available for everyone studying in the school. If you break school rules often, it might go against you in any final school reports that potential employers can ask to see.

If you break an important school rule you may be excluded which means the school bans you from attending (see our section on Exclusion).

Here are some of the most common general school rules:

  • Respecting teachers and other pupils
  • No swearing, fighting or other aggressive behaviour
  • No drugs, alcohol or substance abuse (e.g. glue sniffing)
  • Not making too much noise
  • Walking around the school in an orderly way
  • Not dropping litter
  • Doing your homework
  • Unless they are going home for lunch, pupils below a certain age may not be allowed to leave school premises at lunch time
  • Bringing a note from your parents if you have a dentist or doctor´┐Żs appointment, or to explain why you have been absent from school
  • Getting written permission from the school to go on a family holiday during term time


Schools are allowed to keep pupils in after school as punishment but the date of detention and times should be announced in advance and also to your parents. Detention should take place at a time which will not make it unsafe for you to return home.

Damage to school property

If you break or vandalise school property deliberately you can be asked to pay for it. In cases of criminal damage to school property, the Court may award compensation to be paid by your parents.

School uniform

School governing bodies can make their own rules about school uniform. Some schools are stricter about it than others in relation to what can be worn, including jewellery, hats and hoods etc. Variations in school uniform for religious or cultural reasons will usually be accepted by the school (for example wearing a turban, a skull cap, and dreadlocks or covering your legs).

Collective worship and religious education (school assemblies)

Most pupils are expected to attend school assemblies and religious education. However, schools must agree to any written request from parents to withdraw their child from collective worship or religious education.

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