Rewards & Expectations
St Andrew's has a very strong culture of praise. We believe that children work best when their efforts and achievements have been recognised, which in turn boosts their self-esteem and encourages them to try even harder. We have created a wide range of rewards and means of recognition, tailored to the needs of the different age groups, and we keep a detailed record of the rewards and responsibilities offered to all children to ensure we are doing our best to let every child shine.
Good work and behaviour may be recognised through stickers, notes home and positive comments made verbally or in writing. Each class teacher will have their own special system for their class which might include a 'Star of the Day', and a favourite reward for particularly good work is to take it to the Headteacher or Deputy Head - who may choose to display the work in their own offices for all to see.
We have recently introduced a new celebration assembly on a Friday where two pupils from each class receive a certificate in front of the whole school. One certificate is linked to the value that the children have been looking at in their assembly and the other is for standing out from their peers in some way, whether by setting a good example to their friends, always being kind, producing some amazing work, coming into school with a smile … the list could go on and on! A recent questionnaire that we undertook showed that this was the children’s favourite assembly (and the teachers' too!) Children in Reception and Key Stage One who receive a certificate can also wear a Superstar badge for the week.
House points are awarded for especially good behaviour, effort in learning and general good deeds. In our celebration assembly on Friday, Year 6 announce the number of house points gained that week and the name of the winning house. Pupils also participate and compete in competitions and events for their houses.
In Year 6 our oldest children are granted extra privileges such as being trusted to carry out monitor jobs throughout the school. However, this is not an automatic right and they have to show respect and responsibility at all times.