Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises ten Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.
Behaviour and rewards
Rewarding pupils for effort, achievement and attendance is fundamental to the ethos of our school
The school’s rewards system is designed to be fair and transparent as well as allowing pupils to be recognised for their outstanding achievement. Communication between staff, pupils and parents is frequent, effective, efficient and consistent. Sanctions are fair and implemented fairly.
There is considerable evidence to suggest that the giving of praise is one of the most effective ways of motivating children. Probably the most important form of praise is the praise given in a lesson by all staff. Regular comments are essential in encouraging pupils to participate and to motivate them to want to do better. It has been suggested that every pupil should receive five pieces of praise in every lesson. This is a tough target, but one that members of staff aspire to.
Alongside this informal recognition of effort, progress and achievement, RHSC staff implement the following formal rewards structure.
LESSON TIME AWARDS
MERIT – stickers to insert in pupil planner and recorded on Go4Schools
These are given to pupils who achieve high personal standards in their school work and/or behaviour as recognition of their efforts.
It is anticipated that teachers give on average 1 – 3 merits per lesson and endeavour to use merits with all year groups.
HEAD OF KEY STAGE/YEAR MERIT
Awarded to pupils who have received 8 merits.
Pupils who achieve a Head of Year Merit in a term will be entered in a termly draw.
Awarded to pupils who have received 4 HOY/KS merits.
Sent by post, to inform parent/carer of Y10 or Y11 pupils that their son/daughter has been working with commitment and purpose in a particular subject.
Departments regularly nominate Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils for a prize in recognition of effort/progress/achievement. The prizes will be awarded in assemblies on a regular basis. The prizes will consist of certificates and small tokens.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCHOOL LIFE AWARDS
COLOURS – (metal badges)
Major contributions in the fields of: