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Parents/carers are invited in to watch the presentation of awards whenever possible. All certificates may be taken home to show parents/carers, but are returned and kept in the Form Teacher’s individual student achievement folders as part of a student’s record of achievement.

  • Ann Gallé Award is presented annually and represents the school’s premier award.  It is awarded in recognition of a student’s contribution to the school and wider community, tending to be presented to a College Student. The recipient receives a small monetary award with a significantly larger sum being donated to the charity of their choice.
  • Headteacher’s Award presented annually in recognition of achievement in the widest sense.  (Traditionally this is awarded to a Year 11 student.)
  • KS3 Presentation Afternoon celebrates the achievements of Year 9; individual, form and year successes achieved during KS3.
  • GCSE /College Presentation Evenings at which students receive a variety of prizes reflecting such things as individual subject success, service to the school, progress and outstanding academic achievement.
  • The Katie Guy Memorial Award presented annually (as the Ann Gallé award) but for Year 11.
  • The Karen Leigh Award for Design and Technology – awarded to a Design and Technology student who has demonstrated outstanding ability and dedication towards this subject.
  • The Tom Jones Award for Geography – awarded to a Geography student who has demonstrated outstanding ability and dedication towards this subject.
  • The Janet Astins Award for Performing Arts – awarded to a Performing Arts student who has demonstrated outstanding ability and dedication towards this subject.
  • Commendation Awards presented termly to one student in each main school form in recognition of their hard work and encouraging academic progress. There is one possible award per form per term, if deserved based on (i) school reports on two occasions each year (ii) general progress and contribution to school life (in the term where there is no written report).

The Commendation Award takes the form of a small metal badge which is a lasting and visible reward for positive achievement.  A student can receive a Commendation Award in both KS3 and KS4 although where appropriate a student could receive more.

  • Colours (Full and Half) are presented for Sports and Music awarded for outstanding talent, participation and commitment in one or more activities within the discrete disciplines of music and sport.
  • Sports Recognition - Sportspeople achieving County and further honours together with school teams have their photograph mounted around school.  In addition, Team Captains are appointed and there is a Sportsperson of the Term award.
  • The Student Planner should be used for short comments/queries/expressions of congratulations and praise by teachers.
  • Attendance Certificates are presented to celebrate regular attendance. A bronze certificate is awarded for 100% attendance for one term, silver for two terms and gold for three terms.  Those students achieving a gold award will be presented with a lapel badge.
  • Post Cards - Quick notes to be sent home in recognition of success.
  • The Rita Normanton Award is presented annually to a student, normally in Year 10 or 11, who has excelled in Science.


  • Ready to Learn (r2L) Merit System – Years 7 and 8

In Year 7 and 8 we award merit points to reflect students’ ‘readiness to learn’ both inside and outside of lessons.  The r2L merit scheme focuses on four key strands: Emotional Engagement, Interpersonal Involvement, Thinking and Strategy and students are encouraged to demonstrate the key characteristics of each of these strands in order to be rewarded with r2L merit points.  An accumulation of merits leads to the students achieving bronze, silver, gold and platinum r2L Merit Certificates and there are also r2L form and individual league tables.

  • Star Awards – Year 9

Year 9 Star Awards are awarded termly to Year 9 students for consistency of a positive approach to school life and their studies by adhering to the Good Citizen Charter, completing homework on time and not receiving any detentions.

Students who receive an Award each term receive a lapel badge at the end of the Summer Term.

  • Senior Curriculum Awards – Years 10 and 11

Senior Curriculum Awards were, introduced to celebrate the conscientious approach many students show towards their studies.  Senior students should receive seven nominations from their teachers to receive this award.  Teachers are invited to nominate students from their teaching groups on a termly basis reflecting such things as:

      • consistent, positive attitude during lessons
      • always being properly equipped for lessons
      • the prompt completion of set tasks, e.g. homework, coursework
      • marked improvement or progress in a subject
      • Science ‘Crest’ award
      • extension studies e.g. Art weekend course, Choir Menai weekend

Students are eligible to receive more than one award and in fact are encouraged to achieve a number over the two years to enhance their ROAs and references.  The first of these would be bronze, the second silver, the third gold, the fourth platinum and the fifth platinum plus.

  • Years 7 – 11

Behaviour for Learning (BfL) grades are used by staff to encourage, recognise and monitor behaviour in the classroom more effectively by grading each student’s behaviour on a scale of 1 to 4; with 1 being the highest grade reflecting exceptionally good behaviour and 4 showing real concern with the behaviour warranting sanctions being applied.  Form tutors should review the previous week’s grades with individual students during form time.  Achievement Coordinators and Curriculum Leaders have access to the grades enabling them, as appropriate, to monitor and celebrate behaviour and to support students, where necessary.

  • Departmental Awards - There are many opportunities to achieve recognition within individual curriculum areas with awards such as, for example, Student of the Term, Geographical Genius or by taking part in departmental competitions.  Some awards reflect attainment, others relate to commitment or enthusiasm for a subject.  Students may be awarded certificates, lapel badges, have articles published in On Track or their work exhibited in school.