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Orchard Park High School


Here at Orchard Park we acknowledge the achievements of students both in their studies and in extra-curricular activities (inside and outside of the school). The formal reward system for Years 7 to 13 is made up as shown below. 

We want everyone to achieve their full potential. To help to ensure this, and to ensure that students are demonstrating the right commitment to their studies, we have a process to reward good behaviour and positive learning attitudes during lessons. The numbers of rewards collected by students are recorded centrally and used in various inter-tutor competitions. Students should retain their certificates for their progress and achievement files.

The Orchard Park Way

Each lesson is as opportunity for students to receive a reward where they impress with their teachers with effort and contribution – we called this RECOGNITION.

Note/Stamp in the Journal

Class teachers and form tutors will place a note/ stamp in the journal to recognise the efforts made a student during class time. This allows parents/carers to see on a daily basis how well their child is doing.

Postcards Home

Postcards are sent home to our students and parents to recognise and praise a student for a particular achievement, act or effort. The exceptionally positive feedback from students and parents alike, suggests that this method of rewarding our students is highly valued and appreciated by all. All subject teachers, as well as the pastoral teams, use postcards to celebrate achievement and students really value receiving postcards as they provide them with a physical reward as recognition of their hard work, effort and commitment. 

Phone Calls Home

Each week staff will contact a number of parents/carers to recognise the efforts made by some students.

Letters Home

These can be sent by any member of staff to identify and celebrate the outstanding work achieved.

Recognition Boards

All departments will have a recognition board which is used on a daily basis to acknowledge the hard work and effort of students who go above and beyond that of the average requests. We encourage all of students during every lesson to get their name on the recognition board and to build success and positivity into their daily routine.

Weekly Assemblies – Student of the Week

In order to acknowledge and celebrate regularly amongst individual year groups, we use our weekly electronic records to recognise our Student of the Week. Our winning students are presented, in assembly, with a Student of the Week certificate. This highly successful method is another means of consistently and regularly supporting, recognising and celebrating students in their everyday learning and behaviour.

Achievement Assemblies

Achievement Assemblies are held half termly and are an excellent opportunity to celebrate achievements in a formal, high profile manner. Through analysis of our rewards system, individual subject nominations and attendance records, we use ‘Achievement Assemblies’ to praise and recognise the whole term successes of students who have consistently and continuously pushed themselves to achieve well. The reputation and high profile of this termly event involves the Head Teacher, Associate Head Teacher, Deputy and Assistant Head Teachers, Year Team, Form Tutors and Governors. Across the school, our students value and appreciate Achievement Assemblies as a means of being rewarded publicly amongst the year group. This provides our students with an invaluable opportunity to support, share and celebrate each other’s successes together; which, in turn, promotes an acceptance of positive achievements and excellent behaviour.

There are a wide range of categories that students are recognised for in these Achievement Assemblies. These include rewards for attendance, rewards for excellent learning, rewards for subject achievements and rewards for the number of points achieved.

Celebration Evenings

Celebration Evenings are another high profile event within our rewards system. Celebration Evenings commend our nominated students for going the extra mile in one or more subjects or within the school community as a whole. Students can be nominated for an outstanding academic or sporting achievement, for achieving success against the odds or for making an exceptional contribution to the wider school community. This prestigious event is an opportunity to formally invite parents along to join us in commemorating their child’s successes and achievements. The evening includes an award ceremony hosted by the Senior Management Team, Year Team and Governors, entertainment provided by our students and a slideshow of photographs that document the highlights of the school year. This gratifying evening is concluded with drinks and nibbles and a chance for staff, parents and students to chat informally. This part of the evening is welcomed by many and completes a fantastic evening celebrating the outstanding achievements of our students.

These Celebration Evenings continue in the Sixth Form, where students have a further opportunity to showcase their talents.

Other Rewards from AYL/PYL or Departments

Autumn Term

Years 7 to 11: Reward Afternoon in autumn term with variety of events such as pizza and film in school, sporting events, own clothes day and first into the canteen.

Spring Term

Years 7 to 11: Reward Afternoon in spring term with variety of events such as pizza and film in school, sporting events, own clothes day and first into the canteen.

Summer Term

Years 7 to 10: Reward Day in summer term with variety of events, own clothes day and first into the canteen.

Those students with poor attendance, punctuality or behaviour will be ineligible.

Year 11 Prom

Year 11 have an end of year celebration of finishing their main school years and exams. This evening is organised by the Year 11 AYL and PYL.