Praise and reward are powerful motivational tools. We therefore consistently seek opportunities to praise and reward students for meeting the high expectations that we have of them. We adopt a tiered approach which includes both formal and informal rewards.
The formal system involves collecting Harris Points that lead to various rewards. Students gain Harris Points for displaying, for example:
- excellent learning
- excellent homework
- 100% attendance and punctuality
- hard work and effort
- good character.
As students accumulate Harris Points, they will progress through various reward levels. Reward Level 1, for example, is achieved for 25 points and students receive a postcard to take home and are entered into a mystery prize, with the draw taking place every half term.
Reward Cards provide an instant reward when someone might least expect it. In order for a student to be awarded a Reward Card they need to demonstrate behaviour, values and beliefs that fit into the academy vision and ethos. When issued with a Reward Card they can exchange it for a free lunch or break time snack in the canteen. We have five reward cards:
Awarded to students who have demonstrated good learning:
- Language and eloquence
- Explain your points
- Ask and answer questions
- Read with confidence
- Neat presentation
Awarded to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement.
Awarded to students who have demonstrated good character - being respectful, taking responsibility and showing kindness towards others.