In order for its students to enjoy life long fulfilment, The British College of Gavá provides opportunities for all its students to achieve academic, artistic and sporting excellence, lasting physical, spiritual and mental health and to be inspired to accomplish personal and professional success in the 21st century.

For this overriding objective to be accomplished, students, parents and teachers owe to form a community thereby taking on key responsibilities as well as enjoying the corresponding rights. The following code of conduct is binding to all members of the school community without exception.


The British College of Gavà has been established to provide an holistic education for children, based on the British style, following the National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, serving the children of Gavà, Barcelona and students from around the world. The main aim of the British College of Gavà is to develop the academic, pastoral and co-curricular education of all children at the school. We shall endeavour to know each child, identify their capabilities and enable them to fulfil their full potential for the future. The British College of Gavà provides a positive and stimulating environment for children's learning and an enviable working atmosphere for all of its members. We are an inclusive school, where we all play a part in moulding a child-centred focus of personalised, all-round education and whole school community spirit.

The British College of Gavà expects of all members of its community:

  1. Respect - for themselves and others.
  2. Honesty
  3. Effort-academic, pastoral and co-curricular
  4. Intellectual curiosity
  5. Service

Part 1ª: Rights of parents and legal guardians All parents and legal guardians have the right to:
  1. Written information on academic matters, such as programmes of study and accreditation of qualifications.
  2. Written information about the school’s activities.
  3. A copy of the school’s rules and regulations in writing.
  4. Written details of the fees and payments required by the school.
  5. Receive periodically information in writing on their child´s academic progress, including a summary of marks achieved.
  6. Request in writing further information on their children´s marks, within three days of receiving them.
  7. Have an appointment with their child’s tutor, the key-stage coordinator or head of department or the Head Teacher, as appropriate, or any of their children’s teachers, within a week of asking;
  8. Advance warning if the School considers it appropriate that two members of staff be present at a meeting.
  9. Meetings organised by the school to talk to their child’s teachers about their academic progress or behaviour.
  10. Receive relevant information about their child’s behaviour, and attitudes.
  11. Receive, for external use, the necessary copies of certificates related to their children, signed by the appropriate member of school management, within three working days of presenting the request (which should be in writing).
  12. Access to any disciplinary case file concerning the conduct of their children.
  13. Propose improvements to the running of the school via the established channels.
  14. Give their opinion to the tutor, school psychologist or school management on situations which affect their children.
  15. A personalised education of the whole person for their children which takes into account their personality and individuality.
  16. Protection of their personal details given to the School.
  17. In the event of conflict between parents, receive objective documentation in writing when requested from the School by a court; the School will not give any opinion about the parents.
Part 2ª Responsibilities of parents and legal guardians All parents and legal guardians have a duty to:
  1. Ensure that their children attend school every day of lessons, except for absence due to illness or proven exceptional circumstances, avoiding unauthorised absences (such as those caused by family trips) and also inform the School of the reasons for any absence.
  2. Accept that the Head Teacher’s decision as to whether or not an absence is authorised is final and irreversible.
  3. Provide a medical certificate in the event of an absence of three days or more or if an examination is missed and it is to be rearranged.
  4. Avoid any request for a child to arrive late or leave early on a regular basis unless justified for health reasons or for training or preparation for sporting or artistic events at a high level.
  5. Collect their child or organise for him/her to be collected as quickly as possible when advised that he/she is ill or has suffered an injury in school that requires examination or treatment in a hospital.
  6. Read all information provided by the School and sign and return documents as necessary relating to their children before the given deadline.
  7. Read their child’s school diary every day and sign it on a weekly basis.
  8. Consult the School’s web page regularly to keep themselves informed.
  9. Provide the School with an e-mail address in order to receive information, and check it regularly.
  10. Inform the School immediately of any change in contact details.
  11. Provide any information that is necessary for the school in person, in writing, by e-mail or telephone.
  12. Not contact the School for unimportant reasons, for example with a message for their child.
  13. Not use the school telephone as a means of contacting their child.
  14. Identify themselves when contacting the school, taking it for granted that no anonymous message will receive attention.
  15. Inform the tutor, key-stage coordinator, head of department or Head Teacher (as appropriate) of any circumstance which might affect the behaviour or work of their children.
  16. Ensure the children arrive at school in the mornings having had breakfast, clean and tidy and wearing the correct uniform.
  17. Ensure their children arrive at school punctually.
  18. Collect their children punctually at the end of the school day, unless they use school transport.
  19. Always to go straight to Reception when entering the school building, for example, to sign in or to collect a child,avoiding other entrances, except in the case of proven good reason.
  20. Wait at Reception for any appointments during the normal school day.
  21. Attend appointments requested by the tutor, key-stage coordinator or head of department or by the Head Teacher to discuss issues related to their child.
  22. Attend general meetings organised by the School.
  23. As far as possible, attend ceremonies, concerts and other events organised by the School.
  24. Accept that the School may or may not agree with the content or conclusions of reports submitted to the School which have been prepared by outside specialists such as psychologists.
  25. Accept that the School has the right to decide whether or not to meet with any outside specialist hired by parents such as speech therapists or private teachers.
  26. Understand that the School cannot organise a meeting with more than one member of staff at a time except when the timetable allows it and the School is in agreement with the meeting.
  27. Avoid smoking in any part of the school grounds or buildings and not bring animals into the School.
  28. Pay the school fees and other relevant bills on time (three months outstanding school fees will result in the withdrawal of the child’s place the following school year.
  29. Take an interest in their child’s education and talk regularly with their child about school life.
  30. Collaborate with the tutors, school psychologist and other appropriate members of staff in the ways they suggest to improve their child’s education.
  31. Attend to the education of the whole child in relation to their children.
  32. Stimulate and motivate their children in the learning process and provide an environment which encourages homework and study outside school hours.
  33. Respect the School’s educational philosophy and its professionals and trust the educational measures recommended.
  34. Accept in all ways the social policy established by the School and the educational criteria which define it.
  35. Respect the decisions taken by the School’s professionals in relation to both the behaviour and the work of the students.
  36. Always adopt attitudes and behaviours which reinforce the good reputation of the School.
  37. Not try to obtain class lists or the private telephone number of any other member of the school community or call them outside school hours to discuss school matters.
  38. Avoid telling off other students in school who are not their own children; any complaints against students should be made according to the established policies.
  39. Avoid committing any road traffic offences near the school, especially those which affect student safety and the punctuality of the school buses.
  40. To park outside the school in a way that that does not prevent the entry or exit of the school buses and does not block the main gates (which may need to be used by the emergency services at any time) and, when driving on the school site, do so at a maximum of 5 kph and with extreme care.
  41. For safety reasons, when students are under the direct supervision of their parents or legal guardians on the school site, parents and pupils must both respect the school rules.
  42. Respect the rules for the use of the school bus, especially the need to inform Reception when picking up their children personally or if their children will not be using the bus on a particular day.
  43. Read and respect the School’s policy with regard to private lessons given by members of staff
  44. Provide the School with a copy of any judicial ruling related to a separation or divorce which affects the collection of children at the end of the school day or the payment of monthly fees.
  45. Provide the School with a medical certificate to justify any permanent change in the school menu; a certificate issued by a specialist is necessary in the event of an allergy.
  46. If on site when an evacuation is called, go to the designated area and respect the instructions of the school staff.
Part 1ª Rights of the pupils and students All pupils and students have the right to:
  1. A safe, clean, orderly environment in the School’s grounds and buildings.
  2. First aid in the School.
  3. An holistic education which ensures the full development of their personality.
  4. Respect for their privacy, physical and psychological integrity and personal dignity.
  5. Quality, personalised teaching which is differentiated and which meets their individual needs.
  6. Objective academic assessment.
  7. Have all internally marked tests and examinations corrected and returned within at the most one week of being handed to the teacher.
  8. Recognition of their academic achievements and personal and social qualities.
  9. Equality of opportunity.
  10. Academic counselling and careers advice.
  11. Freedom of expression and conscience.
  12. Full participation in school life.
  13. Choose, through a direct vote, their class delegates.
  14. Equality and consistency in the application of the school rules.
  15. A healthy, balanced meal each day in the school.
  16. A packed lunch provided by the School on day-long excursions which they also have the right to reject if they give sufficient notice.
Part 2ª Responsibilities of the pupils and students All pupils and students must:
  1. Respect the privacy, physical and psychological integrity and personal dignity of other students.
  2. Show respect to teachers, other employees and all other members of the school community and anyone they meet in or near the school buildings or grounds.
  3. Be in class on time and fully prepared.
  4. Participate fully in all classroom activities.
  5. Make an effort to do their best in all classroom activities and homework and to develop independent learning skills in school and at home.
  6. Fulfil the uniform requirements of the school.
  7. Arrive in the mornings clean and tidy.
  8. Look after and use properly the school facilities and materials provided by the School.
  9. Use only the school facilities that they are allowed to use and only at the established times.
  10. Avoid taking into school anything which might endanger another child’s health.
  11. Not go to school when their health or other circumstances might endanger the health or wellbeing of others.
  12. Put safety first at all times when in school and pay special attention to any teacher’s instructions concerning the avoidance of accidents, both inside and outside the classroom.
  13. Be familiar with and obey the school rules.
  14. Collaborate in the creation of an environment conducive to study and correct social relations.
  15. Help communication between the School and home and vice versa, by delivering letters, reports, notes in diaries, etc. (from Year 3 to Year 13).
  16. Help, support and protect other students.
  17. Accept other students as they are without discrimination, recognising and respecting their individual differences.
  18. Participate actively in school life.
  19. Always speak the correct language at any given moment.
  20. Be well mannered and use a correct vocabulary.
  21. Not leave the school during the school day except with appropriate authorisation.
  22. Eat in the school in a pleasant, well-mannered way.
  23. Not smoke, drink alcohol or take drugs in the school.
  24. Obey the school rules when wearing school uniform even when outside the school grounds.
  25. Not use mobile phones, MP3 players or any other electronic equipment for entertainment or communication inside the school and not download material without specific instruction from a member of staff.
  26. Use computers in the school for academic purposes only and with teacher approval, and not for entertainment or access to social media networks.
  27. Not publish any message, document, photograph or video on the internet which could negatively affect the reputation of the School.
  28. Not participate in any activity on the Internet which could hurt or negatively affect another pupil or other member of the school community.
h5>Part 1ª Rights of the teachers All teachers have the right to:
  1. Work in a safe and clean environment.
  2. Be respected in the school.
  3. Respect for their privacy, physical and psychological integrity and personal dignity.
  4. Be trusted in their professional role in the eyes of the parents and students and be respected for the decisions they may take.
  5. Working conditions in keeping with the national agreement for private school teachers.
  6. A job description.
  7. An objective assessment of their work by the school management as the only body responsible for this task.
  8. The support of the school management in their professional development.
  9. Attend staff meetings and take part in decisions to improve the school.
  10. Have the material and human resources available to be able to carry out their duties, taking into account the overall situation of the School.
  11. Access to a professional development plan.
Part 2ª Responsibilities of the teachers All teachers have a duty to:
  1. Ensure the safety of the students at all times in the school and be familiar with the School’s evacuation plan and safety procedures.
  2. Prepare the teaching programmes in writing ready for the start of the year.
  3. Plan their teaching programmes in line with the English NC or Spanish and Catalán requirements (or those of examination syllabuses or other programmes, as appropriate).
  4. Plan and teach quality, differentiated lessons.
  5. Insist on the correct use of appropriate language at all times.
  6. Continue their professional development by attending courses organised by the School or other bodies.
  7. Work with other departments to meet all the needs of the students.
  8. Work in teams with respect and sensitivity towards their colleagues.
  9. Cooperate actively in the creation of an atmosphere conducive to work and study and have high academic and behavioural expectations of the students at all times.
  10. Servir de modelo de conducta, responsabilidad y esfuerzo para los alumnos.
  11. Serve as a model of behaviour, responsibility and effort for the students.
  12. Work to provide a personalised education.
  13. Consult the online information provided by the head of department on a daily basis.
  14. Communicate to the tutor, key-stage coordinator or head of department, school psychologist or Head Teacher any private circumstances which may affect the students positively or negatively.
  15. Work to ensure that the students´ rights are respected and that they fulfil their responsibilities.
  16. Work to ensure that the rights of parents and guardians are respected and that they fulfil their responsibilities.
  17. Work to ensure that the rights of non-teaching staff are respected and that they fulfil their responsibilities.
  18. Implement all the school rules.
  19. Apply the school rules and regulations consistently and fairly.
  20. Be punctual at all times and work to ensure student punctuality.
  21. Not smoke, drink alcohol or take drugs in any area of the school buildings or grounds.
  22. Dress in an appropriate way in the school.
  23. respect the criteria for decisions of the school management.
  24. Meet high professional standards at all times, respect all school policies and guidelines fully and take special care over all written documents, e.g. reports and letters.
  25. Not publish any message, document, photograph or video on the Internet which could negatively affect the reputation of the School on any member of the educational community.
Part 1ª Rights of non-teaching staff All non-teaching staff have the right to:
  1. Work in a safe, clean environment.
  2. Be respected in the school.
  3. Respect for their privacy, physical and psychological integrity and personal dignity.
  4. Working conditions in keeping with the national agreement for private schools.
  5. A job description.
  6. An objective assessment of their work by the school management as the only body responsible for this task.
  7. The support of the School management in their professional development.
  8. Participate in decisions to improve the School.
  9. Have the material and human resources available to be able to carry out their duties, taking into account the overall situation of the School.
Part 2ª Responsibilities of non-teaching staff All non-teaching staff have a duty:
  1. Ensure the safety of the students at all times in the school.
  2. Work with other areas of the School to meet all the students´ needs.
  3. Work in teams with respect and sensitivity towards their colleagues.
  4. Cooperate actively in the creation of an atmosphere conducive to work and study.
  5. Serve as a model of behaviour, responsibility and effort for the students.
  6. Work to provide a personalised education.
  7. Communicate to the tutor, key-stage coordinator or head of department, school psychologist, or Head Teacher any private circumstances which may affect the students positively or negatively.
  8. Work to ensure that the students´ rights are respected and that they fulfil their responsibilities.
  9. Work to ensure that parents’ rights are respected and that they fulfil their responsibilities.
  10. Work to ensure that the rights of teaching staff are respected and that they fulfil their responsibilities.
  11. Apply the school rules and regulations consistently and fairly.
  12. Be punctual and work to ensure student punctuality.
  13. Not smoke, drink alcohol or take drugs in any area of the school buildings or grounds.
  14. Dress in an appropriate way in the school.
  15. Respect the criteria for decisions of the school management.
  16. Not publish any message, document, photograph or video on the Internet which could negatively affect the reputation of the School on any member of the educational community.
Part 1ª Rights of employees who are also parents or legal guardians All employees of the School who are also parents or legal guardians have:
  1. The same rights as all other parents and or legal guardians (as set out in Part 1ª)
  2. The same rights as all other employees (see Parts 1ª and 2ª).
Part 2ª Responsibilities of employees who are also parents or legal guardians All employees of the School who are also parents or legal guardians must:
  1. Accept the same responsibilities as all other parents and legal guardians (as set out in Part 1b).
  2. Accept the same responsibilities as all other employees (as set out in Parts 3b and 4b).
  3. Follow the same procedures as all other parents and legal guardians in all matters relating to their children.
  4. Behave towards school staff with the same politeness that they and their colleagues would expect from other parents and legal guardians when dealing with matters relating to their children.
  5. Not access internal information relating to their own child unless it is relevant to their role as an employee.
The School motivates its students in their work and behaviour in the following ways, according to the pupil´s age: Recognition of small successes:
  1. A gesture of approval.
  2. Words of congratulation to the student.
  3. A positive note in the school diary or exercise book.
  4. House points.
  5. Merit points.
  6. Smiley face.
  7. Stickers.
  8. Higher position in the class ranking.
Recognition of an important achievement:
  1. A note in the school diary or exercise book.
  2. Letter home.
  3. House points.
  4. Merit points.
  5. Smiley face.
  6. Stickers.
  7. Mention in an assembly.
  8. Selection as “Star of the Week”.
Recognition of outstanding success:
  1. Letter home.
  2. Special prize
  3. Selection as “Star of the Week”.
  4. Tribute to the student.
  5. Achievement described on the School’s website.
As a guide, behaviour which is inconsistent with the School’s policies and procedures will be considered unacceptable. Unacceptable behaviour is classified as either poor, serious or very serious depending on the gravity and recurrence of incidents. Incidents of poor behaviour (examples):
  1. Talking in class about an unrelated topic
  2. Distracting another student in class.
  3. Lateness
  4. Wearing the uniform badly.
  5. Wearing unacceptable “adornments”.
  6. Using the wrong language.
  7. Running in the corridors.
  8. Failing to complete homework.
  9. Lack of effort.
  10. Not lining up properly.
Serious incidents (examples):
  1. Systematic repetition of poor behaviour.
  2. Disobedience to a teacher.
  3. Not wearing the correct uniform to school.
  4. Lack of respect towards another student or other member of the school community.
  5. Threatening other students.
  6. Interrupting the progress of a class.
  7. Repeated lack of cooperation with the teacher
  8. Unjustified lack of punctuality.
  9. Unjustified absence from class.
  10. Damage to the school facilities.
  11. Damage to the belongings of other students.
  12. Refusal to complete a punishment.
  13. Aggression between infant pupils.
Very serious incidents (examples):
  1. Repetition of a serious incident.
  2. Repeated serious insults towards another student or another member of the school community
  3. Publicly disobeying a teacher’s instructions or rules with gestures, attitudes, comments, negative behaviour or insults.
  4. Aggression towards other students
  5. Verbal or physical aggression towards a teacher or another school employee.
  6. Bringing into the School any dangerous object e.g. a penknife.
  7. Forgery of signatures, marks or any other official document.
  8. Intentional destruction of equipment, facilities, resources, furniture or the property of others.
  9. Bringing alcoholic drinks, cigarettes, tobacco or drugs into school.
  10. Being under the influence of drink or drugs in school.
  11. Leaving school without express permission.
  12. Smoking in school.
  13. Stealing.
  14. Sending insulting or threatening sms messages, e-mails or messages on the Internet designed to hurt, humiliate or threaten the victim.
A) Incidents of poor behaviour:
  1. The punishment is given by one of the student’s teachers or his/her tutor.
B) Serious incidents:
  1. The punishment is given by the key-stage coordinator or the head of department after consultation with the student’s tutor and, if necessary, the school psychologist.
  2. The student’s parents will be informed by telephone, e-mail or in writing of their child’s behaviour and of the punishment imposed
  3. The parents will be invited to attend a meeting with the key stage coordinator or the head of department (and, if necessary, with the school psychologist).
  4. The aim of the meeting will be to discuss how to improve the student’s behaviour and establish targets for improvement.
C) Very serious incidents
  1. A disciplinary investigation will be opened.
  2. The Head Teacher will name an investigator (e.g. the tutor) who will have two school days to prepare a report of the incident which will include written reports by the student under accusation, the victim or students affected and witnesses.
  3. The Head Teacher will also interview the students involved in the incident.
  4. The Head Teacher will interview the parents of the students involved in the incident within four days.
  5. The parents of the students involved will have the right of access to the written reports.
  6. The Head Teacher will communicate in writing any punishment to the parents.
  7. The parents will have the right of appeal against the punishment within two school days of the receipt of the Head Teacher’s decision and details of the punishment. The School will reply within five school days of receipt of the appeal.
  8. In all events, the Head Teacher can adopt measures which he/she feels appropriate (for example, temporary suspension from school) to be applied immediately, without interfering with the process explained above, if the seriousness of the incident and the apparent negative repercussions warrant it. This will be done after consultation with the school psychologist, key stage coordinator or head of department, tutor and parents or legal guardians. Such exceptional measures must, under all circumstances, be accepted by the student(s) and they cannot be appealed against by the parents or legal guardians.
  1. In deciding a punishment, the student’s age, the immediate recognition of unacceptable behaviour, a lack of intention to misbehave or previous provocation, self-defence, and the characteristics, school career and record of behaviour of the student will be taken into account..
  2. In addition, premeditation, repetition of bad behaviour, the extent of damage, the injuries or offence caused (in particular to younger or new students), discrimination by race, sex, personal conviction or any other social or personal condition will also be taken into account.
  3. A child may be referred to the school psychologist as a result of misbehaviour.
A) Incidents of poor behaviour. Examples of punishments:
  1. Verbal telling-off by the teacher, tutor, key-stage coordinator or head of department, or by the Head Teacher.
  2. Saying sorry.
  3. Change of place in class.
  4. Carrying out a task to help the class or school community.
B) Serious incidents:
  1. Verbal telling off by the teacher, tutor, key-stage coordinator or head of department, or by the Head Teacher.
  2. Comment in the school diary.
  3. “Cause for concern” note to the tutor.
  4. Several break-time detentions.
  5. Change of place in class.
  6. Referral to the key-stage coordinator.
  7. Carrying out a task to help the class or school community.
  8. Individual target report.
  9. Isolation from the rest of the students.
  10. Banning from school activities, e.g. excursions or trips.
  11. After-school detention.
C) Very serious incidents:
  1. Isolation from other students in the School.
  2. One or more of the punishments for serious incidents as well as temporary suspension from school.
  3. Permanent expulsion from school.
Any complaint by a student, parent or teacher against any other member of the school community must be channelled correctly and put in an acceptable way to be treated objectively, and with respect towards the people involved. It is clear that in order to be constructive, complaints about the running of the School should be made to the appropriate person in the School and should not be expressed outside the School where such comments can damage the School and its employees and pupils. There are specific procedures for each of the following:
  1. Suggestions to improve the running of the School.
  2. Complaints about the running of the School.
  3. Complaints about individual members of the school community.
1. Suggestions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the School:
  1. Suggestions from parents, students and staff to improve the school will all be given due consideration.
  2. Suggestions can be made verbally or in writing to the appropriate person: the students should make their suggestions via their representatives (who will raise them in the School Council); parents should make their suggestions to the key-stage coordinator or head of department or to the Head Teacher, and the teachers should make them in their weekly staff meetings or in their daily contacts with the school management.
  3. Once made, the suggestions will be passed to the relevant person(s) for their consideration, and acceptance if considered appropriate.
2. Complaints about the school:
  1. Parents who wish to complain about an aspect of the way the School is run should do so in writing to the Head Teacher. If a meeting is requested to discuss the complaint, it will be dealt with at that time. If no meeting is requested, the written complaint will receive a written reply from the school management.
  2. Pupils can register their disapproval of a school rule or the running of the school to their tutor or their representatives.
  3. Teachers and other school employees can register their complaints in the same way as the parents.
3. Complaints about individual members of the school community:
  1. Any complaints about individual members of the school community should be sent in writing to the school management. (Complaints by a student directed at another pupil can be made to the tutor of the student who wishes to make the complaint.) The Head Teacher will investigate the accusation making the necessary enquiries to be able to respond to the specific content of the complaint. The Head Teacher’s reply is definitive and binding.
  2. Issues which arise affecting a specific group of parents (for example, the parents of a particular class) can be brought to the attention of the School’s management in writing, signed by all the members of that specific group, or signed by a designated representative or representatives assigned to deal with the issue. Within a short time scale, and following the enquiries which the management feels necessary, the members of the group or their representative(s) will be given a reply to the complaints or enquiries made. NB. The Head Teacher holds open meetings to inform parents of new initiatives and general matters but will usually discuss any controversial matters with parent representatives in his/her office.
  3. Under no circumstances will anonymous complaints be given any consideration.
  4. Complaints against the Head Teacher must be sent to the Chair of Governors in writing. He/she will decide, in consultation with the Board of Governors, the subsequent procedure to be followed.
DISPOSICIONES ADICIONALES
  1. 1) The Board of Governors of the British School of Gavá, in accordance with the School’s Policies and Procedures, can agree the cancellation of the place of a pupil in the School. Also, the Board of Governors, if it is proposed by the School’s management, for educational or professional reasons or any other reason which negatively affects the School and/or any member of the school community, can agree to the cancellation of the place of a pupil in the School. Any such decision will be communicated in writing to the parents and is non-reversible.​
  2. 2) These procedures and Policies will be amended by the Board of Governors when it is considered necessary. Any member of the School community can propose amendments in writing to the Chairman of Governors for them to be considered and approved by the Board.