I am writing to update you on the progress of our new rewards systems.
As you know each half-term students receive a postcard containing their Standards Score. A student who is on time, in correct uniform, with correct equipment and who behaves well will have a Standards Score of 100%. As we are now roughly halfway through this half-term it is a good time for students to review their score; there is still time to make improvements if their score is currently too low. As a parent you can see whether your child is achieving the 98% threshold or not by looking at Standards Review in the Detailed Progress section of Go4Schools.
At the end of the half-term students will once again receive a postcard. This time there is more information available and the postcard will contain your child’s Standards Score, Absence figure for the half-term (sessions missed) and mean Attitude to Learning (ATL) score. For this half-term to count towards a Standards Award a student must demonstrate a high level of performance in all three areas: 98%+ for Standards, no more than 4 sessions absence* and mean ATL of 2 or better. [* except where known medical circumstances, for instance, make this unattainable]
To achieve an award a student will normally have to meet the criteria for four half-terms (not necessarily consecutively). In order that students above Year 7 are able to make significant progress through the scheme before the end of Key Stage 4 we have chosen to accelerate progression for Years 8-11. This means that Y11 students qualifying for awards will receive their badges and certificates within the next few days, Y10 students will begin to receive awards at the end of this term and Y9 students by February half-term. The first awards for Y7 and Y8 will be at the end of Spring term.
PHILIP MORANT AWARDS
I also am pleased to announce that the first Philip Morant Awards have been claimed. So far these have recognised participation in gymnastics, football, rugby, the performing arts and literature, but I am sure this is only the tip of the iceberg of our students’ talents. Students may nominate themselves or be nominated by peers, teachers or parents. Nomination forms are available from tutors and House Offices and via the parents’ section of the school websites (under Rewards). Philip Morant Awards celebrate students’ significant and sustained commitment to an activity or area of interest above and beyond the normal curriculum. If you think your child qualifies, please encourage them to apply or nominate them yourself!
It is fantastic to see so many of our students succeeding in so many ways and beginning to receive commendations for doing so. A great start has been made and I am sure that 2020 will prove even better!