Rewards and Consequences
The behaviour policy at Sandringham School establishes the ways in which all members of the school community contribute to the learning environment. Students are expected to attend school, be well motivated to learn and to behave well.
Sandringham School is a world class school where the students strive to achieve their best. With this comes a positive learning environment and ethos where students behave in a mature and responsible manner.
An important part of our school culture and ethos at Sandringham is to acknowledge the achievements of students both in their studies and beyond.
We want everyone to achieve their full potential. To help to support this, and to ensure that students are demonstrating and developing the right character traits as young adults, we have a process to reward students throughout their time at Sandringham School.
House points, accolades and achievements make up the structure of our rewards system. All of these rewards are issued through a digital platform called ePraise. Students have the ability to track all of their rewards on their ePraise profile.
A house point can be issued for any of the school’s recognised character traits by any member of staff. A house point carries a value of 1 point for the student’s given house.
Below you will see some exemplifications of where students may be awarded a house point. This list is not meant to be exhaustive.
Accolades are a way to acknowledge the success of students beyond a single house point. They are one-off and added individually by teachers to a student’s profile. We have two accolades which students can be awarded in our rewards structure:
A postcard home which is issued for outstanding work, contributions or significant improvements.
A headteachers commendation (HTC) which is issued for exceptional work over a sustained period of time.
Students will also be rewarded for their achievements. There are two categories of achievements:
- General – which can be achieved by a student in any year group
- Year group specific – which are rewards specific to a particular year group or groups
Achievements encompass all aspects of school life. Some achievements are worked towards over time, whilst others can be gained through an individual activity, event or demonstration of excellence. When students accomplish an achievement they receive a digital badge on their ePraise profile.
Roll of Honour board
Every term, faculties will nominate a student from each year group for the Roll of Honour board, to recognise that they have consistently worked hard to improve their learning and completed work to a high standard. These students‘ names and photos will be displayed on the Roll of Honour Board within the faculty. Each faculty‘s highest performing student overall will also receive a prize in assembly.
Achievement and Prize-giving Assemblies
Special achievement assemblies for each year group are held every summer term, to recognise student excellence, effort and their achievements throughout the academic year. Subject areas and tutor teams also nominate students for a range of awards. This culminates in a presentation which parents and carers are invited to attend at the end of the summer term.
More information about the structure of our reward system can be found in our rewards structure and system document:
Our Consequence System is designed to support students in their learning and enjoyment of school. Whilst our ethos is to reward students as often as possible there inevitably have to be clear expectations regarding behaviour. The system is based on promoting learning; anything that prevents the student or others from learning will be taken very seriously.
Our Consequences System is based on a fair set of rules that will be applied by all staff consistently. The system gives students the chance to behave. If they choose not to, they will be given a warning. If they do not respond to the warning, they will then be given the choice of regulating their own behaviour, or receiving a consequence. If they still do not respond, they will receive a consequence.
Rules of the consequence system
Staff will always try to build relationships with students and encourage students to choose the correct behaviour.
Students will always be told why they have received a consequence.
The following notes offer a general guide; for details please consult the Rewards and Consequences framework. All sanctions are recorded on our school Management Information System (MIS), Bromcom. The Bromcom MyChildAtSchool application allows parents and carers to view sanctions that their child has been issued.
Students who disrupt the learning of others, talk or move around when they shouldn‘t, or come to class without the necessary equipment, will get a ‘C1‘ or ‘C2‘ consequence, which earns a verbal warning.
Students who persist with poor behaviour will earn a ‘C3‘, and a one-hour detention after school. Disobedience, rudeness, swearing in conversation, lateness and some other behaviour also earn a C3 detention, as does failure to attend a faculty detention (for missed homework).
Students will bring home a letter (which they have to sign for) informing parents/carers of a C3 detention, which they will complete, in silence, from 3.05-4.05pm. Misbehaviour or failure to attend will result in a Saturday morning detention (held monthly) or a C4 internal exclusion.
Parents may contact the Performance Director for their child’s Year Group (Head of Year) or a member of the Leadership Group if they have queries about detentions. If a detention needs to be rearranged, please contact the Student Services Manager.
Removal and Internal exclusion
Swearing across a room, or at another student, chewing gum, walking away from a member of staff and fighting or bullying can result in a C4, meaning removal from class. Students may then be internally excluded, in which case they will be set work in our Silent Learning Area (SLA), where they will be supervised for the remainder of the day. Students placed in the Silent Learning Area will also be required to attend a hour C3 detention at the of their internal exclusion.
Students set a full day in the SLA may bring a packed lunch or can buy a sandwich, drink and fruit from a limited menu. Students will not be allowed out of the SLA to communicate with their peers or other members of the school community during the day.
Sandringham does not exclude students lightly, but fixed-term or permanent exclusion can be applied to students whose behaviour is violent, criminal, or threatening, and to students who repeatedly cross the boundaries of poor behaviour and do not respond to other consequences.
Please take time to view the Consequences grids.