Rewards and Sanctions
We want our pupils to know that their hard work and good behaviour at school has been noticed. When they do something well their teacher will reward them by speaking to them in class, writing comments on their work and giving high marks.
Outstanding effort or achievement is recognised through the school house point system. Each pupil belongs to one of the following houses:
Falcons (blue) Hawks (red)
Kestrels (green) Eagles (yellow)
When a pupil tries very hard and when they achieve success they are rewarded with house points. They receive a certificate for every 100 house points they accumulate. They are also entered into a school draw from which they may win a small reward. Pupils who receive certificates for 400 house points and above also receive a "Gilbert's Gold" token which they may redeem for an item from the school stationery shop or for an item from the school canteen at break time.
For consistent hard work or an extra special piece of work there is immediate feedback via the Purple Postcard system. A pupil's teacher fills in the postcard request which they take to the school reception office. The postcard to celebrate their achievement will be sent to them via their form register. They will then be invited to have squash and biscuits with the headteacher on the next available Friday. They will also be awarded 20 house points.
Every month, staff are asked to nominate a pupil who has worked especially hard or shown some other particularly positive attribute or behaviour which staff want to have recognised. A letter is sent home to the parents/carers of the child chosen and the child is awarded 25 house points.
If a pupil's behaviour falls below the high standards we expect then there will be a consequence. If they cause low level disruption in a lesson then their teacher will remind them how they should behave. However, if they continue to disrupt the learning of others or misbehave around the school then they will receive a sanction. The sanction they receive will get increasingly serious if they still persist with disruptive behaviour, or they commit a more serious offence. They could receive an internal or fixed term exclusion from school if they continue with serious misbehaviour. Permanent exclusion from school will be used as a last resort.