Rewards and Praise

Recognising pupil achievement 

  • The pupils of Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School like to be praised when they have done well, whether it is in subject areas, pastorally or in terms of their attitude towards learning in general. A system which recognises pupil achievement in any form needs to be encouraging and motivational.
  • Merits and excellents can be given to any pupil in Years 7-11 for a variety of reasons including the following:
  • Marked improvement in work or attitude towards learning
  • Working to a consistently high standard
  • Consistent and sustained effort over a period of time
  • Very good written, practical or oral work in subject areas
  • Independent learning or research used in homework tasks or activities
  • Working effectively as part of a team or active participation in lessons
  • Contribution towards school events
  • Improved / high attendance levels.

This list is not exhaustive and there will be other opportunities where merits or excellents could and should be awarded.

 

Merits and excellents

  •   All pupils now have an individual section in their planner onto which members of staff can stick, stamp or write when the pupil is awarded a merit or an excellent.
  • Staff should sign the page when a merit or excellent has been awarded.
  • An excellent can be awarded if the member of staff feels that the pupil has achieved exceptional standards in the designated area.  All pupils awarded an excellent should see Ms. Nickson as soon as possible, who will then record the excellent in the Excellents’ Book kept in her office – this should be encouraged whenever possible.
  • Pupils can work towards certain certificates and prizes by completing merit milestones through the year:-

Bronze Level

 20 merits achieved

Form Tutor awards a Bronze Certificate for Achievement

Form Tutor or prefect records this for later use and sends proforma to Theresa Braybrook for logging on SIMS

Silver Level

40 merits achieved

Form Tutor notifies the Head of Year

Head of Year awards a Silver Certificate for Higher Achievement in a year group assembly or a form period and sends proforma to Theresa Braybrook for logging on SIMS

Gold Level

60 merits achieved

Form Tutor or Head of Year notifies the Headteacher when this has been reached.  Headteacher sends proforma to Theresa Braybrook for logging on SIMS

Head of Year awards a Gold Certificate for Excellent Achievement in a year group assembly

Platinum Level

120 merits achieved

Form Tutor or Head of Year notifies the Headteacher when this has been reached.  Headteacher sends proforma to Theresa Braybrook for logging on SIMS

The Head of School or senior member of staff awards a Platinum Certificate for Distinctive Achievement in a Key Stage assembly

Diamond Level

160 merits achieved

Form Tutor or Head of Year notifies the Headteacher when this has been reached.  Headteacher sends proforma to Theresa Braybrook for logging on SIMS

The Headteacher or senior member of staff awards a Diamond Certificate for Outstanding Achievement and achievement vouchers in a Whole School or Key Stage assembly

  • If a pupil reaches the Diamond Level before the end of the academic year, a merit card will be issued and the pupil begins working towards the Bronze Level again.
  • All merits and excellents will be counted up at the end of the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms for termly form prizes to be awarded.
  • At the end of each term, Form Tutors identify the top 3 pupils in their forms and notify the Head of Year – a letter of praise will be sent home to these pupils.  The number of ‘Excellents’ should be used in the case of a tie.
  • Subject staff should send home individual letters of praise to pupils, as relevant, during the academic year.

 

End of academic year arrangements

 

  • Form Tutors will collate a yearly total of merits for their form and pass this on to the Head of Year.
  • Ms Nickson will then award “End of Academic Year Prizes” – to one form per year group with the most merits.
  • Achievement Vouchers will also be awarded to the one pupil per year group who has the highest number of merits for the academic year.
  • All awards will be given at the final assembly at the end of the year.

Note

Should any pupil lose her planner, she will have to pay £4 for a new one; unfortunately she will lose the number of merits already collected in the lost planner.

This will hopefully put more responsibility onto the pupils rather than the staff.