School conduct

Peebles High School community, including students, parents, teachers, administration, and others, work together to create and maintain a safe and supportive environment that promotes teaching and learning. A positive behaviour policy is not just about what we see our pupils doing. It’s about what they do when we’re not watching.

  • All individuals in the school will treat all others with respect, concern, caring, and fairness.
  • All departments have the duty to model and teach the principles of respect for others and responsibility for one’s actions.
  • Teachers will use the language of choice, manage themselves well and act as role models for positive behaviour presenting a meaningful curriculum in a captivating manner.
  • Students have the responsibility to be aware of and abide by school rules, regulations, and procedures.

We believe that teachers and pupils, by their words, actions and concern for each other, can ensure that we grow as a caring community.

  An effective system of Behaviour Management:

  • acknowledges that school has a key role to play in providing young people with the skills required to participate safely, effectively and responsibly in an increasingly complex world
  • acknowledges that young people's experiences and behaviour in school cannot be disassociated from all other aspects of their lives, including their families and communities
  • recognises the need, as appropriate, for partnership working involving parents/carers, education services, social work, health, voluntary agencies and others
  • recognises the link between high quality learning and teaching, with an appropriate balance of challenge and support, and reducing discipline problems
  • offers well-judged praise and recognition of achievement and looks to focus on involving and valuing the strengths of individuals
  • ensures there is no place for discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability , social group or any other grounds
  • provides a balance between the needs of the majority and those of the individual
  • makes explicit expectations, rules, rewards and sanctions
  • consistently applies agreed and shared practice on routine procedures for managing pupils in and around the school and within classrooms
  • consistently applies fair, appropriate sanctions that are in proportion to the cause of the sanction taking into account individual circumstances
  • operates on the basis of staged intervention in order to support staff and establish the most appropriate strategy to promote positive behaviour.

PeeblesHigh School Behaviours

 1.  Be Polite.   
(Use polite speech and body language. Listen carefully and talk only when it is appropriate.)
2.  Be Positive.   
(Be kind, supportive, and understanding. Encourage others and be enthusiastic.)
3.  Be Prepared.   
(Always wear the correct uniform and bring required materials.)
4.  Be Proactive.   
(Ask for help if you need it. Take responsibility for you own learning. If you have forgotten your homework tell the teacher and accept the consequences. Own your own behaviour.)
5.  Be Productive.   
(Follow the teacher's instructions immediately and complete all tasks to the best of your ability.)
6.  Be Prompt.   
(Arrive at class on time.)
7. Be Purposeful.   
(Work Hard. Keep mirrors, make up, food, drink (except water) and technology in your bag during class unless you have been given special permission. )


All meaningful and valid praise is effective and having a variety of approaches to praising pupils within the school is healthy. This system linked into the Peebles High School Behaviours merit system provides an additional method of formally recognising the successes of pupils, hopefully enhancing not replacing the variety of effective praise strategies already in existence.

 Pupils are expected to turn up prepared, on time and follow instructions. It should be the efforts which are over and above what is normally displayed, over a period of time that should be merited. Merits will be monitored at various times of the year and rewards put in place for pupils. These may include, letters or phone calls home as well as awards and certificates at prize giving.

Demerits and Sanctions

Students need to understand expectations and that sanctions will be administered in a consistent way, always offering the student a positive alternative.                           


Level 1 - Teacher


Warning, with name and reminder of consequence for 2nd offence.


Various professional strategies

  • Give positive recognition throughout the lesson e.g. positive signals and gestures, written and verbal praise, stickers, choice of activity.
  • Move around the room to deal with things without interrupting.
  • Move close to engage an off task pupil, and with a quiet voice reprimand if necessary.
  • Change pupils seating if redirection unsuccessful.
  • Quick chat outside the classroom


Demerit issued


Punishment exercise or Departmental / teacher lunch time detention or study support.


If a pupil does not attend the detention a 2nd lunch detention is issued as an escalation, with the first to be completed on another date.


Level 2 – Principal Teacher


Lunch time detention or another appropriate sanctions

e.g. isolation from class, parental communication.


If a pupil does not attend the detention a 2nd lunch detention as an escalation with the first to be completed on another date.


Level 3 – Senior Management Team


SMT Lunch detention 1.15-1.35 with letter home.


Escalation to an SMT afterschool detention 3.45-4.30


Escalation to a 2nd afterschool detention.

Level 4 - Rector


Referral to the Rector for action.

Exclusion either internal or external depending on the individual case.



PeeblesHigh School is working towards being a restorative school where restorative approaches are used as a strategy for managing behaviour. Restorative Practice is an approach to dealing with harm and conflict in a non-confrontational way which allows students who have caused harm the opportunity to accept responsibility for their actions, and put things right. It also gives students and staff who have suffered the harm the facility to express how their needs can be met through a restorative conversation.

Data protection

Information on pupils, parents and carers is stored on a computer system and may be used for teaching, registration, assessment and other administrative purposes. This information is protected by the Data Protection Act 1998 and may only be disclosed in accordance with the Codes of Practice. For further information please contact the school.


The majority of pupils enrolling in Peebles High School come from our nine associated primary schools – Broughton. Eddleston, Halyrude, Kingsland, Newlands, Priorsford, St Ronan’s, Walkerburn and West Linton.  P7 pupils have a planned programme of transition and visits to the High School.  Parents are invited to meet the Rector at information evenings held in primary schools in January.  In addition, there is a Parents’ Open Evening held in June which offers parents the opportunity to meet the Senior Management Team and Pastoral staff.  Details of all P7 transition arrangements will be communicated to parents by letter via primary schools. (See primary school contact details in Useful addresses).

For any other enrolments, parents should contact the school by telephone, email or letter.  If parents living outwith the catchment area of Peebles wish to make a placing request for their child, they should also contact the school for information.  Please note that placing requests should be lodged with Scottish Borders Council.