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Recognising Achievement


The school always seeks to use rewards to promote good conduct and high standards of work


The overwhelming weight of evidence supplied by educational research and backed by teachers is that high expectations produce higher standards from students in schoolwork, conduct, manners, and appearance. All our staff encourage high standards from our students and are positive both in comments and giving of praise.


Our reward system is based on positive discipline but not to the extent of negative reinforcement. We aim for a healthy mix of rewarding excellence, good standards, and adherence to school rules. We try to ensure that all our students are recognised for their efforts.


The school seeks to use rewards to promote good behaviour and work using the Ello positive and negative system. Any member of staff within school can award a positive or a negative onto the Ello system. Parents and guardians are always able to view these positive and negatives using Ello and can discuss them with their child’s tutor. If there is any exceptional progress or work within a lesson our students can earn the prestigious Level 3 positive which rewards their house with points.


Students are also awarded House Points for achievements such as exceeding a target grade, attendance of after-school activities, helping with open days and sustained improvement. Students are also able to gain House Points through being Student of the Week (Year Group), Student of the Month (Departmental), and Student of the Half-term (Year Group and Departmental). The rewards for these honours range from certificates to gift vouchers and much more. Ellowes Hall always recognises exceptional achievement, whether through assemblies, newsletters, badges, awards, or our annual Presentation Evenings.