Chorlton High School is continually developing and extending a range of events and activities to reward our students: we aim to praise our students in lessons and around school on a daily, termly and yearly basis. The ethos of rewards is a central aspect of the school as it encourages a sense of belonging, community and personal responsibility.
To recognise and celebrate the excellent conduct and engagement of our students in all year groups, we have launched an exciting, new reward system called VIVO. This is an online account which every member of our staff uses to award positive points to our students.
Points will be given to students who follow our code of conduct by demonstrating that they are ready, safe and repectful. These points are then converted into VIVO miles and can be traded in for approved rewards from the VIVO catalogue and Chorlton High reward incentives.
All students are given log in details to access their own VIVO account. They will be able to monitor their points, browse the catalogue and order the rewards they have chosen on line. These items will then be delivered to school and distributed to students. VIVO miles can be redeemed at any stage, or can be collected to earn bigger rewards. The opportunity to acces and manage an online account is an excellent way to develop understanding of how to budget, save and carry out on line transactions – all essential financial skills for the future.
VIVO is also available as an app on mobile devices and additionally students can request free MMS notifications of their current points total for their mobile phones.
At the end of each half term, two students from each class will receive a ‘Subject Commendation’. Nominations are made by class teachers and are given for a variety of reasons including: attainment, effort, engagement or significant improvements being made in the subject. Each of these students will receive a ‘Subject Commendation’ certificate which they can place in their CHS record of achievement (all students in all years have a record of achievement).
Our school places a great deal of emphasis on the classroom teacher rewarding students, as it is through rewards that a positive relationship with learning is fostered. Some of our other rewards used by classroom teachers on a daily basis include sending postcards home, positive phone calls home, stickers, department merits and ‘Star of the Lesson’ wall with students’ names displayed on it. Other personalised rewards in place in school include brunch with the Headteacher or letters home from either the Headteacher, members of the Senior Leadership Team or Head of Year.
As part of our whole school ‘work ethic’ drive, we celebrate the success of pupils who consistently work hard in all lessons and strive to produce work to the very best of their ability every day. During ‘Progress Week’, all pupils who have met the average effort level of their year group receive a reward in recognition of their achievements;
Bronze award celebrates students whose effort score is in line with their Year group’s average effort levels.
Silver is awarded to students who have achieved effort scores better than the average of pupils in their year group
The Gold award is for a select group of students in each year group who achieve the very best effort grades for each half term.
End of Year Celebrations
Each year we reward our students for their consistent effort and positive attitude towards learning by organising year group trips and a Year 11 Leavers’ Ball. For students to be considered for these outings, they must demonstrate good or significantly improved attendance and punctuality, high levels of effort in lessons, progress towards their attainment targets and a positive attitude towards learning.
Key Stage 3 Graduation
As a celebration of Key Stage 3 achievements, all Year 8 students will attend a KS3 graduation ceremony. At this event, there will be a variety of awards issued by curriculum areas for attainment and effort. In addition, there will be awards from the Head of Year, the Arts departments and the Headteacher. A further award, the Carol Bodey Award, will be given to a student who, through commitment and dedication, has successfully overcome barriers to learning.
Key Stage 4 Awards Evening
Each autumn, Year 11 students and their parents/carers are invited back to the Key Stage 4 Awards Evening. The event is well attended by those invited as it is a chance to mingle with friends and share with staff their progress since leaving school.
Prizes are handed out for attainment and effort in each Key Stage 4 course as well as rewards from the Head of Year, members of the Senior Leadership Team and the Headteacher.