Key Stage 3 and 4
Outstanding academic work and approach to learning is regularly rewarded publicly. The Head of Secondary’s Assembly is the venue for awarding attainment and attitude to learning prizes following progress reviews and examination results. Each week one pupil is nominated for the ‘Student of the Week’ trophy in recognition of the number of commendations they receive. It is important to note that commendations are awarded as much for learning approach and positive community contributions as for academic attainment. Speech Day prizes include accolades for academic, sporting, extra-curricular merit and for contribution to school life.
Central to our rewards system, as a daily occurrence, teachers award Commendations for attitude to learning and achievement in academic work, extra-curricular activities or for a positive contribution in the everyday life of the school. The Commendation is entered onto the student record and acknowledged as a fine achievement for any one individual. It is a high profile reward and is highly valued. We make ‘Student of the Week’ awards each week in assembly.
Commendations for academic effort or achievement count toward the overall House Cup. Head of Secondary and House/Year assemblies are the forum for the awarding of numerous other awards and commendations for achievement, effort and contribution to school life. There will also be individual rewards for pupils who perform consistently well (either academically or through their approach to learning).
Following reports and progress reviews, students who have demonstrated an outstanding approach to learning are invited by the Head of Year to a celebratory breakfast. Positivity, encouragement, recognition and reward should be the driving force in behavioural management in the school. It is essential to recognise that all pupils are capable of achieving commendations for ‘attitude to learning’, as this aspect of school life is always judged against a pupil’s level of ability.