Praise & Recognition

Throughout the year, we constantly strive to find opportunities to celebrate successes and share those publicly in assemblies and also through our newsletter and social media accounts. Students are awarded House points for making positive choices and producing excellent work in lessons. House points can be traded for items in our popular "Swap Shop". Regular recognition events take place throughout the year, such as pizza parties for form groups achieving the highest attendance, cinema afternoons for our best role models and an annual theme park trip for those committing to the most extra- curricular activities throughout the year. The end of the year culminates in our prestigious "Prizegiving Assemblies" during which every individual is recognised for their achievements throughout the year. Please check the dates for these on the school calendar and block out the morning in your diary – parents & carers automatically receive an invitation and all family members are welcome!

My Personal Best – Whole School Praise & Rewards Structure.

What is My Personal Best?

My Personal Best is the whole school praise and recognition structure. We use this structure to recognise positive attitudes and behaviours in school to offer a range of praise and recognition for all students in the shape of house points and trips/experiences. Different experiences are on offer on a termly basis, with slightly smaller rewards offered throughout the year, further details of which will be shared via the school website news feed and updated each term.

Why do we have a praise and recognition structure?

We have the praise and recognition structure in place to encourage positive attitudes and behaviours in school. It is widely acknowledged that praise and recognition systems can positively influence an individual's behaviour, attendance and/or punctuality record, which in turn has a positive effect on their overall academic performance. We firmly believe that as a school, we should be offering regular attractive incentives to recognise the achievements of all who meet the aspirational selection criteria. We hope all students will aspire to meet the criteria each term, thus maximising their learning opportunities in school and achieving a positive experiences and praise for their efforts.

What are the selection criteria for each reward?

All students are expected to be in school and on time every day, while respecting the school behaviour policies through positive attitudes and behaviours. Therefore, the selection criteria for the reward opportunities will be:

  • 100% attendance for that half-term/term

  • No late marks for that half-term/term

  • No negative behaviour points for that half-term/term

On occasion we may also select students who have not quite reached the criteria, but who we feel should be recognised for making improvements in targeted areas. Please do contact your daughter's form tutor or Head of House if you believe mitigating circumstances should be considered when we are selecting students for any advertised events - (please refer to 'My Personal Best in a Nutshell' for further details).

Additionally, alternative opportunities may arise throughout the year to celebrate achievements, at which point a decision will be made by the school as to an appropriate selection criteria. Details of such instances will be shared with parents via the school website news feed.

Celebrating Achievement Assemblies

Each term we hold a special assembly to celebrate the achievements of our students across the school, recognising positive progress and excellence in terms of attitudes, attendance and work ethic. We also celebrate the academic achievements of our students, ensuring we are role modelling the high achievers as well as those we have identified as demonstrating excellent commitment to their learning.

What is on offer?

Details of all trips/experiences will be shared via the school website news feed each term.

The Swap Shop is available for all pupils to trade in their house points for a huge range of items (including academic, health & beauty, leisure items) details of which are shared with students via form time notices each half term.

The Student Council meet each term to use student voice networks to inform future praise and recognition opportunities. Student voice via Survey Monkey is used to review all rewards experiences and inform future planning and considerations.

My Personal Best Rules in a nutshell.

Students with ongoing health or medical issues, which the school are aware of, may require a number of hospital or doctor visits throughout term time. Other students may suffer a bereavement which requires time off to attend a funeral. Such instances will be considered 'mitigating circumstances' so could be taken into consideration when we are selecting students for access to praise and recognition events.

Additionally, some students may have experienced personal circumstances beyond that which the school feel should be expected of a student of their age. On these rare occasions, at the school's discretion, individuals may be included in praise and recognition events as a positive experience to boost self-esteem and morale.

Further considerations:

My Personal Best is a whole school praise and recognition structure, meaning departments/faculties may have their own structures in place to acknowledge and celebrate alternative achievements across the school, e.g. Sports Awards Evening, Sport Assemblies and Alton Towers trip.

All trips and experiences take a huge amount of staff time to plan and coordinate and are done so in good faith. Under no circumstances are these opportunities designed to discourage or exclude any students, rather reflect the school ethos and recognise student evidence of Aspiration, Empowerment and Excellence.

@FGSCultureEthos is the school Twitter account that shares regular updates to celebrate, praise and recognise achievements.