Behaviour and Discipline

Positive behaviour is central to our ethos and to good learning for everyone. At Guston School our approach to managing behaviour is clear and effective.

The self-esteem of our children is very important and good behaviour is recognised and rewarded in many different ways. Our 3 school rules reflect the behaviour we encourage in school.

1. Look after each other

2. Do your best all the time

3. Look after your school.

If behaviour is unacceptable then sanctions are put in place, in accordance with our Behaviour for Learning Policy. Copies are available on our website, or on request from the school office. Parents are then involved in agreeing strategies to improve a child’s behaviour. We recognise the importance of parental involvement so we ask parents to support us by signing the Home-School agreement.


Our ethos and Mission Statement focuses on everyone’s care and respect for others. We have zero tolerance for any form of bullying. All cases of bullying are logged, victims and perpetrators are spoken too, and parents are contacted as appropriate. Sanctions are applied to bullies, which may include exclusion from school.

Illnesses at home

If your child cannot come to school, for illness or other reasons, please let us know why. This is very important, and you can do this in a number of ways:

  • A telephone call to the office on 01304 206847
  • An e-mail to the office on absences@guston.kent
  • Use the Contact Us form on the website
  • A fax to the office on 01304 210698
  • By coming to the school office in person.


If you do not contact us and your child is not in school, we will try to contact you. If this is not possible we may contact our Education Welfare Officer.

If your child is ill during the night or unwell before school please do not send them to school that day. Please let us know if your child has an infectious disease. If your child has been admitted to hospital please keep us informed of his or her progress.

Accidents and illnesses

Children who become unwell in school, or who have an accident, will be cared for by trained first-aiders and a decision taken as to whether parents need to be contacted.

All head injuries, however minor, are treated seriously and a letter sent home to parents

Emergency contact

When your child joins the school you will be asked for contact details for parents. These should include home, work and mobile telephone numbers if possible. It is also helpful if you can let us have telephone numbers of anybody else who can be contacted in an emergency. It is very important that we can contact somebody easily and that you notify us of any changes to contact details.

Consent forms

All parents are asked to sign a general permission form for your child to take part in educational visits, swimming lessons and for various types of medical treatment in both routine and emergency situations.


Wherever possible all medicines should be given at home. However, in special circumstances the Headteacher can arrange for medicines to be given at school. Only medicines prescribed by a doctor can be given and parents must complete a permission form giving clear details of the dosage and times.

Children with more complex needs (including asthma) will need a Healthcare plan. Parents should make an appointment with Mrs Tee to discuss this.

Please note that non-prescription medicines, including cough sweets and lip salves, are not permitted in school.

Medical Conditions

Parents should inform the Headteacher if their child has any medical condition that could affect their school life, such as epilepsy, diabetes, haemophilia or severe allergies. All staff will be made aware of such children, their symptoms and the correct response in situations when a rapid response is necessary.

Head Lice

If your child catches head lice please let school know so a general warning may be made to all parents. It is best to refer to your doctor for current advice about treatments.