Acknowledging and Celebrating Achievement
At Altrincham College, we take great pride in a highly effective rewards system which acknowledges and celebrates the achievements and successes of our pupils. This in turn raises standards; improving both behaviour and attendance.
Both inside and outside the classroom, our pupils are presented with opportunities to be recognised and praised for their achievements, progression, behaviour and attendance, as well as their individual and team contributions to the school.
A regular and fair rewards system is of paramount importance at Altrincham College, to not only celebrate our pupils successes, but to inspire and motivate others to achieve their very best; becoming confident, independent learners as a result.
Outlined below, are the array of methods which we implement across the school, to reward pupils from Year 7 through to Sixth Form:
Throughout the whole school, we use points fairly and consistently to reward our pupils for a variety of achievements, such as:
- Exceptional class work or homework,
- Displaying outstanding effort in lessons,
- Excellent organisational skills,
- An act of kindness or generosity,
- Demonstration of superb progress, and
- Attending extra-curricular activities.
Students are encouraged to log in to the ePraise website, which allows them to collect points and win prizes, including:
- High street clothes vouchers,
- Cinema vouchers,
- iTunes vouchers, and
- Altrincham College merchandise.
Students can also gain extra points by signing up to offers on the ePraise website. Offers include:
- Attending revision sessions
- Helping out at open evening or parents evening
- Attending clubs
- And many more
As a result of gaining these points students can additional achievements which are displayed on screens in school and can also be seen in the main reception.
Our pupils value this system and therefore strive to collect points in order to achieve awards. This not only encourages healthy competition amongst our pupils, but also motivates and inspires them to go above and beyond the norm in becoming successful learners.
Pupils who collect the most merits and who reach various milestones will receive a certificate based on the following.
Number of Points
In addition to points, we offer several other methods of rewarding our pupils on a daily and weekly basis, such as with a phone call home and/or a letter to parents/carers, congratulating their efforts and achievements.
In order to recognise and praise a pupil for a particular achievement, act or effort, we utilise Postcards which are posted home to parents and carers as congratulations to their child.
Both Pupils and Parents alike have been exceptionally positive in their feedback, suggesting that Postcards are an effective and highly valued means of reward. Postcards are something that our teaching staff and senior leadership team will continue to use in order to celebrate achievement and provide students with acknowledgement and recognition of their continuous hard work, effort and commitment.
Altrincham College Reward Assemblies are high profile events in school, and are held each term to formally celebrate the achievements of our pupils.
By carefully analysing our points system, reporting data, individual nominations and attendance records, we are able to recognise the pupils who have consistently strived to achieve and succeed across the whole term, celebrating this success, hard work and dedication.
The event is highly anticipated by all, and involves the Head Teacher, Deputy & Assistant Head Teachers, Year Team and Form Tutors, and as such are highly valued and appreciated by students as a means of being rewarded publicly amongst their peers.
Our pupils see them as an invaluable opportunity to support one another and share in each other's successes, which in turn, promotes an acceptance of positive achievements and excellent behaviour.
Students can be recognised in a wide range of categories, including rewards for:
- Attitudinal scores,
- Progress, and
- Number of merits achieved.
Each month, students in both Year 12 and 13 who have displayed a high commitment to their studies are nominated by their teachers, and entered in to a monthly draw, to win prizes such as:
- Driving Lessons,
- High Street Vouchers, and
- iTunes Vouchers.
A winner is announced from each year group, and those who have been consistently nominated throughout the year will win a platinum prize.