Behaviour for Learning

We have the highest expectations of behaviour at DBS. There are clear standards for all members of the school community and they are clearly displayed and referred to on a regular basis. These expectations are expressed in the Code of Conduct and the Behaviour for Learning Policy. Above all, we seek to create an environment where all young people can learn. This means that all members of the community should have, and demonstrate, respect for others. We have systems in place to help young people to learn from their mistakes and also to recognise those learners who consistently display correct behaviours.

Code of Conduct

Our School Code is deliberately very simple to follow and it applies to all members of the school community, staff and students.

Student Code of Conduct (CLICK HERE)


Bullying can make people feel uncomfortable, distressed or threatened. Those being bullied often feel powerless to defend themselves. Such behaviour is against our School Code and can seriously affect the wellbeing of victims.

Stop Bullying

Stop Bullying

Fortunately, incidents of bullying at DBS are low, however it is important to know what parents and children can do if they are experiencing bullying. The first person to see is the Form Tutor. If the problem can't be resolved quickly and effectively after an initial meeting, then contact the Assistant Head of Student Welfare in Secondary or to the Head of Primary. It is also possible to make a report by pressing the 'Stop Bullying' button on this website.

The full Anti-Bullying Policy , created in consultation with the Student Council, provides more information.

It is normal for young people to experience relationship problems at times. During these times sometimes hurtful things are said. We will try to help learners to develop strategies to deal with these situations on their own in an assertive way. However, bullying is quite different because it is repeated, intended to cause hurt and there is a power imbalance. If a learner fails to correct and cease their bullying behaviour following intervention from teachers, then the school may ask him / her to leave the school.

As part of the school's Personal Social and Health Education programme, DBS holds an Anti-Bullying Week each year that includes some or all of the following:

  • tutor time activities that raise awareness of bullying (including Cyber Bullying), anti-bullying strategies and seek the views of young people in these issues;
  • a poster competition or similar;
  • themed assemblies;
  • ways for young people to voice their thoughts like a video booth;
  • a Random Act of Kindness Day.

The aim is for young people in the school to be empowered to share their thoughts about bullying, to develop anti-bullying strategies and to know how to access support.

Parent guide for eSafety (CLICK HERE)

New Students

Settling into a new school, often in a new country, can be a challenging time for young people and so DBS has systems in place to try to ease this process. On the first day of school new learners are met by their Progress Leader who explains key information and provides a timetable. The Progress Leader will ensure that learners have a login for the computer system as well as information relating to their House. The new learner will be taken to meet their Form Tutor and will have a 'buddy' to look after them in the early stages of settling in. The Progress Leader will then meet with the new learner after two weeks to talk about how they are settling in. The Progress Leader will make and contact with parents too. Most new learners find they are welcomed into our school community and that they make the transition easily.

Arriving to School in September


At various points during their school career our learners progress to different stages and therefore must adapt to the new challenges facing them. There are three principal points of transition for Secondary learners at DBS, during which learners are helped to prepare for the change. These transition points are from:

  • Year 6 into Year 7. In Term 3 the Year 6 cohort spend a day in the Secondary school following a Year 7 timetable.
  • Year 9 into Year 10. The Year 9 Option Evening in Term 2 is when students and families can find out more about the content of IGCSE subjects on offer, and ask any questions of the teachers involved.
  • Year 11 to Year 12. During Term 2 the Year 11 cohort spend one of their PSHE days learning about the content of the IB. They take part in team-building events that develop characteristics of the IB learner profile.

To support learners and their families at transition points, we know that required information must be readily available. Therefore information evenings are held to provide families with an opportunity to meet staff and to ask questions in person.

For information about moving on to higher education and careers please see the relevant section of this website.

Y6 into Y7 Transition Presentation

Form Tutors and Progress Leaders

There are many sources that learners can turn to if they feel the need for support. Each learner has a Form Tutor who they see twice a day. This is the teacher that they get to know the best and the person who is the first layer of support. Form Tutors are supported by the Progress Leaders.

There is a Progress Leader for each Year Group in Secondary, from Year 7 to 11. Their role is to support Form Tutors to ensure that learners make the best progress. They are a regular presence in tutor time, as well as leading assemblies and being visible in the corridors and in the playground. Throughout the year they monitor the behaviour, performance, attendance and punctuality of learners to ensure that they continue to strive for the highest standards.