Rewards and Sanctions Policy


All members of the school are expected to act with courtesy and consideration to others at all times. This means being punctual and arriving at lessons properly equipped. During lessons all are expected to be attentive, co-operative and orderly. Movement around the school should be quiet and mannerly, being always mindful of the needs and safety of others. The same standards are expected at assembly or when participating in any school event as well as when travelling to and from school. Personal appearance should reflect pride in self and school, with uniform worn to create an appearance of smartness. There is a very strict policy on uniform, which must be adhered to. A uniform list is available from the school office and, if in doubt, please check with the school secretary. Mistakes can be costly!

Pupils are required to attend lessons with the correct equipment, i.e. pens, pencils, rubbers, rulers, mathematical equipment and calculators.

Bullying and verbal abuse are never tolerated and a copy of our bullying policy is included as an appendix at the end of this booklet.

The school buildings, playground and property should be treated with respect. This means putting litter into bins and taking no action which makes the school environment less pleasant.

Nothing should be brought into school which is dangerous, harmful or offensive, including tobacco or illegal substances. This is supported by a list of school rules which is posted in all classrooms (a copy is sent home for parental information). The rules are reinforced by a system of rewards and sanctions.


Credits are given to reward sustained effort, high achievement and excellent standards of work or behaviour. Pupils receive a certificate for every 10 credits which they earn. These are then entered into a termly raffle, with each certificate standing a chance of winning a prize. Credits are also added up and contribute to House points, which are accumulated towards the House Cup.

Debits are issued for poor standards of work, dress and behaviour, poor organisation, and incomplete or missing homework. An accumulation of debits leads to an after school or even Saturday morning detention. Further details are in the school’s Rewards and Sanctions policy (see appendix 2). Parents are informed in writing at least 24 hours in advance if a detention has been imposed. A report system is also in operation. Pupils with persistent problems are monitored lesson by lesson or by homework reports. Staff comment on a report form which should then be signed, each evening, by the parents. These forms are monitored by the form tutor and Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher.

At St Wilfrid’s we prefer the positive approach and if problems do persist, the parents are invited into school, along with the pupil, to discuss and address the situation. Our aim is to include, if possible, the pupil by achieving a workable solution to the problem. However, suspension and finally exclusion remain the ultimate deterrents.


The aim of the school is to encourage a positive attitude towards work and behaviour and to foster a pride in both appearance and the school itself, thus aiming for, and achieving, high standards in all aspects of school life.

REWARDS – How St Wilfrid’s recognises achievement.

House Credits These are awarded for progress, effort, achievement and service.

They may be work or behaviour orientated. Credits are recorded in pupils’ diaries by subject teachers and are collected weekly during form period. Certificates are then awarded at school assembly for 25, 50, 100 125, 150 and 200 credits.

The termly credit total is also added to the house point system. Each term there are other events that focus around the house system, including quizzes, sporting activities and public speaking debates. This culminates in the awarding of the House Cup at the end of the academic year.

Sporting Awards

House Colours, in the form of a badge, for various sporting activities are awarded for a consistently high standard of achievement.

1 Swimming

  • The champion swimmer in each group receives a Victor/Victrix Ludorum certificate.

2 Athletics

  • The champion athlete in each group receives a Victor/Victrix Ludorum certificate.


Prizes are given for both progress and attainment. These represent recognition of achievement or effort during the year. Awards presented include:

Subject Awards, GCSE Certificates, Head Girl/Head Boy and Prefects, House Captains, Special Recognition Awards, and Sporting Achievements

Form Captains and House Captains

Form Captains are chosen by members of the form at the start of the academic year. Pupils vote for House Captains at the end of the Summer Term.

General Recognition of Achievement

We recognise that achievement may occur outwith school and we are willing to present any certificate or medal that pupils would like recognised at assembly. In this way we are sure every child has the opportunity to be proud of his or her achievements.


(a) The imposing of sanctions is a necessary part of school life but should not be used lightly or inconsistently. The over-use or improper use of debits will only devalue and eventually undermine the system. Children respond in different ways to being disciplined but the aim of any sanction is to encourage the child to impose self discipline and to take responsibility for his/her actions. It should be stressed that sanctions should never be meant to embarrass or humiliate a pupil and that reward is very much a part of the disciplinary procedure.

We must all involve ourselves in imposing a consistent level of behaviour. Familiarise yourself with school rules, wet breaks, duty rotas etc. Uncertainty Undermines Discipline.

Routine classroom management is the responsibility of the subject teacher and infringements of the code of conduct or general classroom expectations should be dealt with immediately by that teacher. If applicable the Head of Department and Form Tutor should be kept informed.

Those sanctions should also apply when infringements of the above occur outside the classroom. It is the responsibility of all staff to deal with such incidents wherever they occur around the school. This is for the mutual benefit of all pupils and staff. Form Tutors must also be kept fully informed of any violations.

Members of staff need to work together by supporting the Senior Management Team and ensuring that the rules are adhered to both in and out of the classroom.

The benefit of an effective sanctions policy should be to encourage greater consistency in addressing incidents of unacceptable behaviour/poor standards of work. Wherever possible we should:

  • Discuss and consider the problem from every perspective.
  • Check that the pupil understands why he/she is in trouble and that he/she knows that the behaviour is not acceptable. Discuss the reasons with them.
  • Consider what affect the behaviour is having on other pupils.
  • Employ strategies for avoiding a repetition in the future and involve the pupil in deciding these strategies.

Sanctions may be necessary for the following reasons:-

Within the classroom:

  • Arriving late or non-attendance at lessons.
  • Not having the correct or relevant equipment for the lesson.
  • Being disruptive and/or being inattentive.
  • Unsafe conduct.
  • Homework late, of poor quality or not produced.
  • Not complying with deadlines for work and coursework.

Outside the classroom:

  • Poor attendance and/or punctuality at Assembly or Registration.
  • Not having the correct or relevant equipment.
  • Dress – not complying with school regulations.
  • Breaches of school rules.
  • Abusing other people’s property.
  • Unacceptable behaviour whilst taking part in extra-curricular activities.

(b) Debits

The debits system aims to give a quick and meaningful rebuke for unwanted behaviour. One or two debits are not taken further but three debits or more result in further action, the action taken depending upon the type of debit, in order to “fit the punishment to the crime”. Our aim is to sanction wrong-doers, but also to help those who are disorganised/need a hand in the right direction! Whilst the slate is wiped clean at the end of each term, records are kept of all debits received by each pupil and these are put in pupils’ files for future reference, with a copy sent home at the end of term where appropriate.

A member of staff giving a debit should record it on the debit sheet in the staff room and in the pupil’s homework diary. The Office Manager will collate these weekly and take the appropriate action.

Types of debit:

1. Behaviour debits (B)

Poor behaviour in class

Poor behaviour at break/lunchtime

2. Work Debits (W)

No homework

Poor homework

Homework not finished

Lack of effort in class

3. Organisational Debits (O)

Failure to return slips

Homework diary not signed

Exercise/Text book not brought to class

Incorrect PE kit*

Incorrect school uniform*

4. Uniform Debits (U)

School uniform incorrectly worn

Incorrect PE kit*

Incorrect school uniform*

*Which type of debit these are depends upon the person involved.

Serious breaches of discipline (e.g. swearing) are passed to a senior member of staff immediately, i.e. this warrants more than a debit!

How debits are dealt with:


3 debits = Detention after school

6 debits = Parents called in and pupil on report

No improvement → pupil on contract

9 debits = Saturday morning detention


3 debits = Standard letter home, expressing concern for lack of work and asking for parental support in discussing the problem with the child

6 debits = Pupil on report and letter home

9 debits = Parents called in and e.g. pupil does homework after school in school


3 debits = Problem discussed with e.g. Form Tutor.

6 debits = Standard letter home, expressing concern re lack of organisation and asking for parental support in helping the child.

9 debits = Parents called in to discuss how to proceed…!


3 debits =Remove from break and lunchtime

6 debits = Uniform report

9 debits = Parents called in to discuss how to proceed…!

(c) Break/Lunchtime detentions.

These may be imposed immediately. Pupils remain in the area outside the staff room for the duration. This sanction is often used for behavioural/work issues which require a short, sharp reminder.

(d) Removal of a Pupil from Class.

This action will be taken for extreme misconduct or antisocial behaviour which disturbs the learning process for the rest of the class. Pupils should not be ejected and left to stand in the corridor or wander around unsupervised. They should be removed to a place which is supervised – within the department, or outside the Headteacher’s office. The pupil may be removed for some, or all of his/her lessons, for a short period of time. The length of this would be at the discretion of the Headteacher/ Head of Lower School but could cover all the pupil’s lessons, lunchtime and free time within the school for a stated period of time.

(e) Detentions.

A detention may be given for three behaviour debits or for a specific misdemeanour. Detention forms are sent by post and must be returned with the parent’s signature. Parents are given at least 24 hours notice and pupils are either set work or specific tasks to complete. Detention is normally of 60 minutes duration. The same procedure applies for Saturday Morning/Holiday Detentions, but the duration is normally set at two hours. Pupils must be present in full school uniform.

(f) Report.

A report form is issued by the Headteacher which must be signed by all teachers throughout the day and by parents at the end of the day. Comments may be included from all parties if required. Continuous satisfactory progress is required in order to come off report.

(g) Contract

Where there has been a history of unacceptable behaviour, or for a more serious offence, the parents, school and pupil will enter into a contract; the details of which are specific and which is signed by all parties.

(h) Suspension/Exclusion.

Temporary removal from school (exclusion) will be used for incidents of bullying, fighting and any other serious incidents. Before the pupil returns to school a meeting is held with the pupil and parents to determine the way forward.

Persistent disregard of school rules and expectations will result in permanent exclusion (“expulsion”). Permanent exclusion will always be mandatory for any pupil who is found to be under the influence, or in possession, of illegal or harmful substance.