We believe that rewarding students is a critical part of the work we do at HLC. Our ethos and culture focusses on promoting success and supporting our students to be the very best they can be in conjunction with our rules around READY, RESPECT and SAFE. Our reward system enables staff to reward students in all aspects of their school life.
This includes academic success, progress, attendance, representing the school in sport, performing in dance, drama and music, being involved in our shows, working beyond HLC, leadership and many other contributions to the life of the school.
We link our rewards to our House system, encouraging competition and pride in the success of their House.
All students are included in the rewards system and staff are actively encouraged to use the system daily.
The system is very simple and works well. Staff award a “HOUSE POINT” to every student in every class who arrives READY to learn. Further House Points may be added for excellent efforts demonstrated in class. For outstanding contributions to our community 4 House Points may be awarded. 5 House Points are awarded for students who are nominated for “Thank You Friday” awards, Gold Circle or Headteacher / Principal awards.
Students can exchange their points for a range of different physical rewards from a Lucky Dip. House points are recorded electronically on the student’s records. Totals at the end of every week are emailed to all staff so that tutors can celebrate with their tutor groups and for key staff, such as SSMs and the leadership team, to monitor the achievements of the students in their care.
The published House Points are a subject of great discussion during house assemblies! Students also gain House Points during inter-house competitions such as sports day, house matches, swimming gala and HLC’s Got Talent to name a few! The tutor group with the most points for every half term will be presented with a prize (chocolates are a firm favourite!). The winning house, with the most house points for the term, is presented with the “House” trophy at the end of term assembly.
Attendance is also celebrated with certificates for Bronze / Silver / Gold attendance for individual students. The tutor group for each year will also win a prize to celebrate the top attendance. Students who manage to achieve 100% will have their names entered into a prize draw at the end of term.
We also organise “rewards” events and trips during the year, which we subsidise, to congratulate students who come to school every day, gain house points and also do not get any, or very few, C2s or C3s from our behaviour for learning system. Older students get the opportunity to develop their leadership skills as Junior Sports Leaders, they can apply at the end of Y10 to be a prefect in Y11 and we select our Head Boy and Head Girl, each year, from the successful prefect candidates.
Attitudes to Learning
Attitude to Learning (A2L) is recognised as one of the most important factors in driving student progress. This is not a measure of academic ability but focuses on students being the best learner they can be. Subject teachers make an assessment on students’ attitude to learning every half term. This data is analysed and students are rewarded accordingly.
Students that have displayed an Exceptional or Good A2L in 70%- 100% of their subjects, receive positive log awards, text messages/post cards home to parents. A2L focus week runs every half term and is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate positive A2L. This is done through celebration assemblies and form discussions. House points are awarded on an individual level but also contribute to Form and House success. Winning Forms from each year group and the winning House will receive additional rewards at the end of the year and the top 10 % of students with an Exceptional A2L will be entered into a raffle draw.
Thank You Friday
‘Thank-you Friday’ is our way of recognising and rewarding students who consistently display the standards, organisation and commitment that we expect at Hadley Learning Community. This may include, amongst other things, excellent attendance and punctuality, always having correct uniform, always arriving at lessons with the correct equipment, working with a smile on their face and showing resilience when faced with challenges. By doing these things, students give themselves the very best chance of achieving their potential and beyond and we think that is worth rewarding! Subject teachers can award as many ‘Thank-you Friday’ postcards as they feel appropriate each week before each department nominates one outstanding student per year group to be put forward for the overall winner. The five weekly winners (one per year group) are thanked for their conduct, effort and commitment through a letter from our Deputy Headteacher along with a ‘Thank You Friday’ week-long reward card which they can use to claim a daily reward from our prefect-run rewards booth.
Gold Circle Award
The HLC Gold Circle Award is designed to recognise students’ high attainment and achievement across all areas of school and extra-curricular life. The award celebrates the hard work and dedication that is required for such high achievement. The aim is to work towards creating a school climate in which success is celebrated and encouraged in others.
The award is given as a formal whole school celebration of the winning student’s success and is presented in tutor time through a PowerPoint presentation video and discussion. The winning students receive a certificate a special gold circle badge.