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Praise and Reward
At Harrogate High School we feel it is essential to develop on an already strong praise culture. We feel that students should be praised for their excellent behaviour, commitment to learning, engagement in enrichment activities, commitment to student voice and exceptional attendance among many other reasons.
Students are rewarded on a daily basis through verbal praise in lessons. Students will receive up to three stamps per lesson for their effort and commitment to learning and these will be seen in their planners. A special Academy Head sparkly sticker worth 10 points will also be awarded to students by Mrs Clarke for exceptional reasons. We will also praise students for kind and courteous behaviour during social times as we feel this is also essential.
Every term students will be praised in formal praise assemblies for achieving the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond or Platinum awards as a result of the number of points they have achieved. On a half termly basis members of staff will nominate students for an Academy Head Commendation, if your child is successful, they will receive a picture with Mrs Clarke and you will receive a letter informing you of the reward. In half term three and six, students will enjoy rewards trips and at the end of the year, we will host our whole school awards evening.
Our whole school praise and reward strategy can be seen in the infographic below.
Students speak very positively about the new strategy and have made the following remarks:
“I really like getting stamps and stickers in lessons when I am working hard and I really enjoy the praise assemblies”
“I love receiving praise postcards from staff, I like to share this with my parents to show how well I am doing”
“Praise assemblies are ace, I really like receiving my certificates and there were some great prizes on offer”
“ the praise trip to the Everyman cinema was such a great day – I really enjoyed the film and spending the day with my friends”
We are passionate a developing our praise strategy further and welcome feedback from parents and students to ensure we can make further improvements.