Rewards and Consequences

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."
Aristotle, Greek Philosopher


Recognition and Reward

At Kings Langley School, we believe that students should be recognised for the things they do, their contributions to the school community, and the conscientious effort they make in their learning, both academically and as an individual.  Rewards can be short-lived but recognition empowers students to build self-esteem as well as recognising the impact that they have on their own progress and development.

Students in all year groups (Yr.7-13) are awarded ‘recognition points’ for a wide variety of reasons and we encourage students to consider how being recognised in these areas, can contribute to a rewarding and enjoyable time at our school. We aim to support student well-being and self-actualisation by recognising the positive actions they take every lesson, every day.

Recognition Points 

Students are awarded Recognition Points for the following reasons:

·         Self-Regulation – conduct and manners

·         Stickability – active participation

·         Reflection – acting on and responding to advice and criticism

·         Aspiration – independence and potential for life 

Recognition points build up to certificates which recognise the value and commitment of student’s making personal and academic progress.  There are five categories, bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and diamond.

30 recognition points = Bronze Recognition Certificate

60 recognition points = Silver Recognition Certificate

90 recognition points = Gold Recognition Certificate

120 recognition points = Platinum Recognition Certificate

150 recognition points = Diamond Recognition Certificate

Each half term, parents/carers will receive notification of how many recognition points their son/daughter has and what the next milestone certificate they can aim towards.  We encourage parents/carers to consider what reward they consider appropriate to support every child in achieving their full potential.

Headteacher commendations are awarded to students who have displayed a significant contribution to the school community, exceeded in a specific field, exhibited remarkable character virtues, or contributed to the school in other ways.  These are awarded throughout the year and are nominated by staff in all areas of the school. 

Colour Awards

We recognise that outside of academic progress and attainments, students require skills to prepare them for the challenges and uncertainties that lay ahead of them by developing behaviours, attitudes, and skills that set students up for their future.  

The KLS Colour Awards system provides students with the opportunity to gain recognition for the enriching activities that they pursue whilst developing themselves in the areas of leadership, community & civic action, personal development, and extra-curricular.   A criteria is provided for each of the award categories and students can print off their evidence sheets using the evidence booklet.

Criteria and Evidence

Students can work towards awards in the following categories: 

  • Arts, Culture and Creativity
  • Sports
  • Community and Civic Action
  • STEM 

Students can be recognised for their achievement in each of these categories by meeting the criteria for bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and diamond.

Awards colours must be earned in sequence and students in Yr.7 are encouraged to work towards their bronze award, Yr.8 towards their silver award, Yr9 towards their gold award, Yr.10 and 11 towards platinum award and students in our sixth form, towards the diamond award.  Students can however begin working towards the start of the awards in any year group.  

The achievement of two silver award categories will entitle students to wear a half colour tie. The achievement of two gold award categories will entitle students to wear a full colour tie. 


A sanction system works in conjunction with our recognition system to support students in exhibiting the desired behaviours that will enable them to achieve their full potential.  There are different sanctions that can be awarded during lessons and outside of the classroom.

Tardiness Detentions

If a student is tardy to class (late for no good reason), they receive a break time detention the following day; the duration equalling the number of minutes they were tardy to lesson. 

School Ready

If a student is not ready for school (late to school, lack of equipment, unacceptable uniform), they receive a 20 minute lunchtime detention the following day. 

Red Cards

If a student receives a Red Card, they receive a 30 minute detention the following day after school.  Red Cards can be issued for the following reasons:

·         Red Card – removal from lesson

·         Red Card – remain in class

·         Red Card – mobile phone use

·         Red Card – defiance

·         Red Card – play fighting

·         Red Card – chewing gum

·         Red Card – swearing

·         Red Card – litter

·         Red Card – truancy (*60 minute after school detention) 

If a student receives two Red Cards in the same day, they receive a 60 minute detention after school the following day. 

Detentions are served between 3:15–3:45pm or 3:15–4:15pm the following day and parents/carers will be notified via the Class Charts Parent App (log-in details will be provided).