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 (Examples of recognition points) 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 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.
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.
Students can work towards awards in the following categories:
- Arts, Culture and Creativity
- Community and Civic Action
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.
Red Card System
There are different types of Red Cards; during lessons, out of lessons and home learning red cards. Please read the behaviour policy for an explanation of the consequences.
Red Cards During Lessons
Red cards are issued to students who disrupt teaching and learning, or refuse to accept staff authority. This is in addition to the normal consequences we use to manage behaviour. Red Cards are issued when the normal means of reprimand have been used and persistent disruption of teaching and learning occurs. The issue of Red Cards is recorded on the school administration database.
Red Cards are also issued for the following:
- Chewing gum
- Not complying with mobile phone policy
- Play fighting
Detention for Behaviour for Learning Red Cards: Students are expected to attend detention without fail (including Saturday detentions) and a letter will be sent home to parents when a detention is set. Please note that when a letter is sent home regarding a detention that has been set, it is not a request that your child attends—we are informing you that your child will be there.
Home learning Red Cards
A red card for home learning is issued if a student fails to complete home learning or is of an unacceptable standard.
‘Prep’ for Home learning Red Cards
If a student accumulates three red cards for home learning they will be required to attend a compulsory ‘prep’ session. ‘Prep’ sessions run on a Wednesday from 3.15pm.
Students are encouraged to attend ‘prep’ sessions voluntarily to do home learning or private study.
Detentions are held after school on Mondays from 3.15pm. A letter will be sent home to parents when a detention has been set.
Please note that when a letter is sent home regarding a detention that has been set, it is not a request that your child attends - we are informing you that your child will be there.
Red Card for Behaviour Sanctions
- 3 Red Cards - Letter home to parents - One hour after school detention
- 6 Red Cards - Letter home to parents - One hour after school detention
- 9 Red Cards - Letter home to parents - One hour after school detention
- 12 Red Cards - Short Saturday detention - 1 hour
- 15 Red Cards - Long Saturday detention - 2 hours