Birchwood Community High School is an inclusive community that aims to celebrate the success of all its students in all areas of school life, and to ensure that personal effort, commitment and achievement are routinely recognised, recorded and celebrated through the school’s clear and fair rewards system.
The spirit of the rewards system is firmly rooted in an ‘over and above mind-set’ and is intended to motivate all students to achieve their very best and become confident, independent students and citizens.
- Rewards increase the motivation of all students, improving their self-esteem, aspirations and enjoyment of learning.
- The giving of rewards encourages all students to achieve. Thus, they will receive credit for achievement throughout the school in all contexts. This will continue to raise standards and further improve behaviour and attendance.
- The system of giving rewards supports the role of the form tutor in celebrating success, and helps to facilitate the awareness of achievement by other members of staff and parents.
- Rewards support and promote good behaviour and should be used alongside the school’s behaviour and discipline policy.
Rewards Points – using the School Rewards System
- Every member of teaching staff will recognise and reward students for successes within their curriculum area(s).
- Every member of staff will recognise and reward positive behaviours outside of the classroom.
- Every form tutor will recognise and reward students for their contributions to their tutor group, and to acknowledge their successes outside of school.
- Every member of staff will recognise and reward a student’s effort, attitude and commitment in any aspect of school life by sending a postcard, letter or e-mail home to the parents of the student.
- In curriculum areas, one praise postcard should be issued per half term per class.
- Outside of lessons, praise postcards or e-mails can be issued at the member of staff’s discretion.
- Reward points should be given especially for good behaviour around our five “Team BIRCHwood” values.
This starts with good manners in and outside the classroom or random acts of kindness or good citizenship.
Students whose attendance is excellent, and who consistently demonstrate a good attitude to learning across all subjects will automatically be given reward points (achievement points on SIMS) on a half termly basis by the Year Team Officer, working alongside the Year Team Leader. This also applies to students who are actively involved in student leadership.
Students actively involved in school run extra-curricular activities will be given reward points by leaders of these activities on a half termly basis. Students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme will receive reward points as appropriate.
Weekly Rewards Draw
Every fortnight in a year group assembly, students who have achieved a certain number of achievement points over that two week period, will be entered into a reward draw with a prize. This will be publicised by the Head of House.
Alongside the allocation of rewards points for positive behaviours, students also formally accumulate behaviour points for poor behaviour (that subsequently results in a sanction). For the purpose of establishing who is eligible to participate on the rewards trip, a student’s total number of behaviour points will be deducted from his / her total number of rewards points and if he / she has a positive balance then he / she should be able to participate in the trip. This final decision will be made by the student’s Head of House and/or the Senior Leadership Team.
Appendix – Getting Straight to the Points!
|Attendance||100% – 3 points
98% – 2 points
96% – 1 point
|ATLS in Lessons||ATL 1 – 1 point|
|Subject Certificate||Highly commended – 2 points
Commended – 1 point
|Student Leadership||Form delegate – 3 points
School Council – 4 points
Student Officier Team – 5 points
|Community Service||3 points|
|Postcard Home||3 points|
|Duke of Edinburgh||Bronze Award – 10 points
Silver Award – 10 points
Gold Award – 10 points