Code of Conduct Policy

Code of Conduct Policy


For All Adults who Work with King Faisal School Students


This policy sets out the expectations of all members of the community within the school in line with KFS’s mission and vision.  The Learner Profile and IB Attitudes are key elements of this Policy which applies to all adults on the campus or who interact with KFS students out of school.   

Appropriate Behavior 

For Staff   

• All staff who work in KFS set examples of behavior and conduct which can be copied by students and volunteers 

• All staff must, therefore, demonstrate high standards of conduct in order to encourage our students to do the same 

• All staff must also avoid putting themselves at risk of allegations of abusive or unprofessional conduct   

Safeguarding Students: Staff have a duty to safeguard students from:   

• Physical abuse 

• Sexual abuse 

• Emotional abuse 

• Neglect   

The duty to safeguard students includes the duty to report concerns about a pupil/student to the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.  Staff can access the school’s Child Protection Policy and staff must be familiar with this document.      

Staff must not demean or undermine students, their parents or care takers, or colleagues.  Staff must take reasonable care of students under their supervision with the aim of ensuring their safety and welfare.   

Staff must not develop inappropriate relationships with students, or take a student to their home, or encourage/organize private meetings with students outside school hours without the prior approval of the School or the student's parents.     

Staff should act professionally and responsibly at all times when there is contact in any way with students both in and out of school.   

Student Development   

Staff must comply with school policies and procedures that support the well-being and development of students.    Staff must cooperate and collaborate with colleagues and with external agencies where necessary to support the development of students.    Staff must follow reasonable instructions that support the development of students.    Staff must maintain high standards of honesty and integrity in their work. This includes the handling and claiming of money and the use of school property and facilities.   

Conduct Outside Work   

Taking into consideration the cultural context of Saudi Arabia, staff must not engage in conduct outside work which could seriously damage the reputation and standing of the school or the employee’s own reputation or the reputation of other members of the school community.    In particular, criminal offences that involve violence or possession or misuse of drugs or sexual misconduct are unacceptable.   

Staff must exercise caution when using information technology in any form and be aware of the risks to themselves and others.   


Where staff have access to confidential information about students or their parents or care takers, staff must not reveal such information except to those colleagues who have a professional role in relation to the pupil/student.  All staff are likely at some point to witness actions which need to be confidential.  For example, where a student is bullied, this needs to be reported and dealt with in accordance with the appropriate school procedure.  It must not be discussed outside the school, including with the student’s parent or care taker, nor with colleagues in the school except with a senior member of staff with the appropriate role and authority to deal with the matter.    However, staff have an obligation to share with their direct supervisor or the school’s Safeguarding Lead any information which gives rise to concern about the safety or welfare of a pupil/student.  Staff must NEVER promise to a student that they will not act on information that they are told by the student.   

Disciplinary Action   

All adults need to recognize that failure to meet appropriate standards of behavior and conduct may result in disciplinary action, including dismissal.    

Examples Of Violation Of Code Of Conduct    

Type of Action

Example of Violation

Boundary Communication 

Inappropriate  comments about  a student’s appearance  including  excessive  flattering comments; 

Inappropriate conversation or enquiries of a sexual nature (e.g. questions about a student’s sexuality); 

Use of inappropriate pet names; 

Jokes or innuendo of a sexual nature; Obscene gestures and  language; 

Facilitating access to pornographic or overtly sexual material;     Failing  to stop sexual  harassment between students;   including  through social networking, letters, email, phone,  SMS text etc.

Personal disclosure 

Discussing personal details of lifestyle of self or others.  It  may be appropriate and necessary at times,  however, to draw on  relevant  personal  life experiences  when teaching; 

Sharing of personal information about other staff or students.  

Physical contact 

Unwarranted, unwanted and/or inappropriate touching of a  student personally or with objects (e.g.  pencil or ruler); 

Initiating or permitting inappropriate physical contact by a student, e.g. massage, tickling games.     


Code of Conduct For Volunteers, Coaches And Other Adult Helpers   

Code of Conduct Agreement Form for Non-Contracted Adults 

Code of Conduct 

Each member of the KFS community is asked: 

• To treat everyone with dignity and respect regardless of differences of ethnicity, religion, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation and economic circumstances; 

• To report all concerns regarding the safety or welfare of a student to the head of school, Executive Principal or Principal of the school; 

• To ensure all allegations or suspicions of abuse are reported and acted upon; 

• To create an environment in which all students can reach their full potential and involve students in leadership and decision making;    

• To maintain professional dress standards, and as staff and volunteers to conduct ourselves in a manner consistent with our position as a positive role model to children and young people and as a representative of the school community;    

• Not to smoke when on the school premises or at any school event;   

• Not send any pornographic, sexually suggestive, abusive or offensive messages to any member of the school community by way of emails, SMS or mobile phone messaging, telephone calls or written notes or any other forms of communication;   

• Not to develop inappropriate relationships with students, or take a student to their home, or encourage private meetings with students outside school hours or make contact (such as telephone, email or SMS messaging) with students out of school hours without the prior approval of the School or the student's parents.  In such instances, the message will be copied to a teacher; 

• Not to hold or touch any member of the school community in an inappropriate and/or culturally insensitive way; 

• Not to spend time alone with a student unless an open and supervised environment can be maintained; 

• To ensure the risk of abuse occurring is minimized by adhering to the following steps when on trip or excursions outside school; 

• Maintain adequate ratios of students to staff and volunteers; 

• Staff and volunteers not doing things for a student of a personal nature that a student can do for himself; 

• Encourage students to speak up when they feel unsafe about an activity or program; 

• Follow all School policies; 

• Ensure staff and students use the separate shower, toilet and changing room facilities provided, and provide safe sleeping arrangements which respect privacy; 

• Ensure that all data and information relating to students or staff remains completely confidential. This includes but is not restricted to: information on student progress and attainment, details of student behavior, personal data regarding students and staff and all other data and information;     

• Ensure that all sensitive and confidential matters affecting the running of the School as strictly confidential.  They must not use or disclose to any person any sensitive and confidential information relating to the School, its staff, pupils or its business without the prior approval of the Principal.