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Pendle Vale's Rewards System


We are very proud of our reward system which rightly recognises all your hard work and commitment to Pendle Vale.

Each and every college day you have the opportunity to work towards, weekly, monthly, termly and yearly rewards by keeping behaviour credits and achieving merits.

Every day you are present in college you receive 6 behaviour credits. Each behaviour credit is worth one positive point. Simply by following the College’s code of conduct these are added to your overall positive total meaning that each week you can achieve up to 30 positive points and 1170 positive points in a college year.

In addition for excellent work and impressive effort your class teachers will award you merits. Each merit is worth one positive point. If you earned just one merit for every lesson over the week you would achieve 25 positive points and this would add up to 975 in a college year.

On top of this there are several ways to earn merit bonuses. These include 98% attendance or above (up to 200 merits), reading awards (50 merits), college service such as eco team (up to 50 merits) and Pastoral Development Leader bonus (up to 200 merits). Again, each merit earned is worth one positive point.

There is no limit to the number of merits you can earn.
The harder you work, the better you perform and the more service you give to the college the more merits you will receive.

Linked into the earning of behaviour credit and merit points are a series of rewards ranging from certificates of achievement and praise postcards to prizes as suggested through our student council. Some of the rewards operate on a weekly basis (such as all students who have retained their 30 behaviour credits being entered into a year group prize draw) whereas others are based over a longer period of time (such as the bronze, silver, gold and platinum merit certificates and the end of year reward shop).

What happens if you choose not to comply with our expectations and values?
Whilst our reward system is firmly based on acknowledging positive contributions it must also reflect the situations where you choose not to comply with our expectations and values.

Where, despite warnings, a member of staff has to remove your behaviour credit you will lose 2 points. If you are moved to another teachers classroom you will lose 4 points. If you are ‘On called’ you will lose 6 points. Failure to complete a homework loses 2 points. Having to attend our Internal Exclusion Centre (IEC) will mean the loss of 25 points for each IEC day and if you receive a fixed term exclusion (FTE) you will lose 50 behaviour points for each day you are excluded.

As with the positives, linked into the loss of behaviour credits, IEC and FTE are a series of increasingly serious sanctions/interventions ranging from detentions, ATL cards, curriculum area and pastoral report cards, phone calls home, parent meetings in school up to attendance at a governors panel meeting.

All of this information is available for your parent/guardian to see, on a daily updated basis, via the My Child At School system (MCAS).

For the end of year reward shop your year positive points minus your year negative points gives your overall point score. (eg positive points 3000 minus 20 negative points = 2800 total).

The bigger your end of year total score means the higher level you will access. We operate 8 levels of reward with a level 8 receiving items such as an iPod shuffle or £25 voucher. In addition, the student with the top overall score will win a reward bonus. In the past this has been items such as a mountain bike or a Kindle.

Remember, we are very proud of our reward system which rightly recognises all your hard work and commitment to Pendle Vale and we are happy to invest a significant sum of money into it. Each and every day, you have the opportunity to work towards, weekly, monthly, termly and yearly rewards by keeping behaviour credits and achieving merits. The harder you work, the better you perform and the more service you give to the college the greater will be your rewards.