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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Rewards and Sanctions

Rewarding Positive Behaviour

Rewarding when expectations are met or exceeded

The school believes that all students have to be given responsibility and should be trusted to respond in a positive way to the rigours of learning and education.

Cardinal Wiseman students are exceptional in the way they behave and respond to being given responsibility. We are often commended on our students behaviour, especially by visitors to the school and when on educational visits and trips.

Where student behaviour needs to be modified the school believes that sanctions alone will not be successful. It is important that some students need to recognise that there are advantages to behaving well, working hard, contributing to the school community and attending school every day, until they mature and this becomes a normal part of their routine. Therefore, a clear, consistent and student focused rewards system has been developed at the school to recognise pupils who have met or exceeded our expectations. This rewards policy has contributed to the positive behaviour for learning that is evident in every classroom.

In the daily life of the school staff seek to recognise achievement in the following ways:

  • Regular use of words of encouragement and praise
  • Encouragement via prompt comment-based marking
  • Achievement Points for work, behaviour etc at KS 3 and 4
  • Letters/Postcards are sent home by each department and the year teams in recognition of excellent work, considerable improvement or outstanding contributions
  • Acknowledgement of achievement through the school newsletter and website

Achievement Points

Students may be awarded Achievement Points for any of the following:

  • An excellent piece of classwork or homework
  • Excellent effort in class
  • Improved work or attitude to work
  • Positive contribution to their community or their class
  • Excellent contribution to group work
  • Contribution to tutor group
  • Positive school community work – Open Evening, Parents Evening (max point 1 per event)
  • Excellent attendance to extra-curricular clubs (max 5 points per half-term)

Every half-term these points are collated, totalled and entered into the child’s organiser, so parents/carers can see how their child is progressing.



Achievement Points

Behaviour Points

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Parents/Carers will also be able to log on to the schools Virtual learning Environment (FROG) and see a live update of the number of Achievement Points their child has received. These points will be used to reward pupils with certificates and prizes as follows:

20 points = H/O/Y Certificate

40 points = Headteacher Certificate

60 points = Gold Commemorative Medal

80 points = Rewards voucher

Achievement Assemblies (every half-term)

  • Achievement Point Certificates
  • Tutor Achievement Awards
  • Certificates for specific events
  • Attendance

Celebration Evenings

  • Curriculum, Sports, Arts and Tutor Awards Evening

Jack Petchey Award

Students and staff are invited to make nominations and the award is issued every month. Nominations can be made for a variety of reasons including academic achievement or having a positive impact on the school community. Certificates are presented in assembly and students receive a financial prize the student decides upon how the money will be spent within the school.