Our school seeks to celebrate and reward positive steps wherever possible and is systematic in ensuring all students have the chance to be successful, receive praise, and even maintain high standards or have a real option of turning over a new leaf.

Of course, we operate sanctions, but there has to be incentives too; with every ‘stick’ there needs to be a ‘carrot’, and whilst we are ready to use the metaphorical ‘stick’ if necessary, we are always more inclined to reach for the ‘carrot’.

House Points

All students can earn House Points throughout the school year and these are totted up to qualify for a range of rewards. Some of these rewards are for whole-year totals, whilst other factor in shorter time-frames so that those who under-perform or are absent at the start of the year can still reap a reward later in the school year.

The rewards will flow at the termly House Celebration Evenings, but there are also places that can be earned on the Rewards Day experience at the end of the school year which in recent times has been a well-received inflatable Day.

House Trophies & Awards

There are a rage of certificated and awards available through the House system that provide status and credit for CVs and future college, job or university applications. These include Half-Colours, Full Colours, as well as specific awards for attendance, punctuality, effort, etc.

Attendance Reward Events

There are termly reward event tied to attendance which go to those students with high levels of attendance via a prize draw, as well as to students who have been incentivised by short-term specific targets to reduce their absence.

Half-Termly Reward Events

We also stage half-termly events which celebrate those students from each Year group who have gained the most House points in that time-frame. This varies but has included luxury hot chocolates or ice-creams from our regular ice-cream van!

Prize Giving

Finally, we stage an annual Prize-Giving Evening which includes Key Stage Three and Key Stage Four subject prizes, as well as other specific awards related to our Year 8 Character Award, charity fund-raising and student leadership.

Certainly, we are not a school who believes that everyone should be rewarded – in our mind rewards have to be earned and real-life doesn’t see everyone win whatever they have done.

Even so, we ensure that everyone has a fair shot, whether they are a well-known high-flier getting top grades, a quiet and diligent grafter who keeps their head down, or a child who has lost their way but is making a comeback.

For more information about all forms of rewards, please contact Stacey Walsh, Assistant Headteacher, via