Positive Recognition at Horbury Academy
At Horbury Academy, we constantly strive to find opportunities to celebrate our pupils’ successes and share them publicly through our newsletters, social media, SharePoint, and assemblies. Pupils are awarded for making positive choices, producing outstanding work and contributions to Academy life, exemplary attendance, participating in extracurricular activities and meeting key criteria from our Key Character Virtues:
Throughout the year pupils are awarded golden tickets to events such as cinema experiences, street food vans and the prestigious award of taking part in an end of year school experience/trip. We also positively target individual and group attendance through our Attendance Champions League. This is a series of contests between different tutor/year groups where points are awarded for attendance and making noticeable improvements. Pupils are also given incentives such as queue jump passes and invited to promoting health and well-being by attending celebratory breakfasts and afternoon tea during the school day. We understand that there are several variables when selecting pupils for positive recognition events and ‘mitigating circumstances’ are considered.
Why do we have positive recognition?
We firmly believe that we should celebrate successes and encourage positive attitudes and behaviours in schools. Praise and recognition will positively influence an individual’s behaviour, creativity, attendance, and punctuality record. We have developed a positive recognition system which supports success and provides regular incentives to celebrate achievements of all pupils who meet our aspirational criteria. We want to champion and inspire pupils to meet the criteria and hope that all pupils aspire to meet targets set. There will be several opportunities throughout the year to celebrate achievements through a variety of criteria linked to the six-character virtues. Details are shared with pupils to inspire positive behaviours each term and this will be promoted through assemblies and form time learning.