All students’ work should demonstrate a sense of pride and self-respect.
Throughout the week positive recognition of student achievement will be placed in the top right hand page of the Student Planner. For all students this will be done in the form of subject specific stamps which will recognise good, very good and excellent performance. All teaching and non-teaching staff will operate within this system, with three stamps leading to subject credits which in turn lead to a new system of achievement.
Students throughout their time at the academy will know whether or not they are on target to fulfil academic achievement as the year progresses. For all students target levels are as follows:
Christmas Holiday: Silver
Easter Holiday: Gold
Summer Holiday: Platinum
Where students achieve ahead or beyond these levels then it can be assumed that academic progress will be accelerated. Where these targets are not met then parents can assume that academic potential is not being fulfilled.
Additionally, each form group will be attached to a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Each week, there is an opportunity to refer students for praise to a senior teacher as and when the opportunity arises. Positive student performance will also be rewarded in three other ways.
- The sending of “departmental postcards” each term to students who display particularly high levels of commitment.
- The continuation and expansion of major awards ceremonies at the end of the academic year.
- The linking of other rewards such as trips, tokens and sports tickets to academic performance.
At times, of course, we have to recognise and accept that young people will not behave or work in a manner which is acceptable. Where misdemeanours are minor or are a result of carelessness, it is likely that only a clear “verbal warning” will be issued. It is expected that this will be a sufficient prompt for most students to work acceptably.
Where misdemeanours are more serious or are persistent in nature then comments will be placed in the Student Planner. Such comments will result in the loss of the Form Tutor Credit for that week and, if a number of negative comments accumulate over a half term, a full school detention will follow. Where student behaviour is particularly disruptive or when a number of detentions have been acquired, a period in isolation will automatically follow.
It is essential to point out, however, that we expect very few students to be doing anything other than enjoying working well at the academy and receiving the rewards and benefits that go with such an approach.