Students and facilities at William Brookes School in Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Rewards & Sanctions

School children at William Brookes School with Headteacher


It is important to recognise and reward the hard work of our students and give a visible reinforcement that working hard brings good things in life. It is also important to share a child’s success with their parents or carers and develop a sense of belonging and shared responsibility, which at WBS can easily be delivered through the House system.

House Points

The main way that we will reward our students is through the use of ‘House Points’. Students are awarded House points for good work etc. These are awarded by class teachers using ‘Class Charts’, with each category being worth one House Point.

House Points criteria

  1. Preparedness for work = being properly equipped, completing homework
  2. Attitude to learning = being positive and working hard
  3. Desire to improve = taking on board advice and getting better
  4. Independence = working without teacher support
  5. Literacy = tasks related to this
  6. Accelerated Reader = for completing aspects of the AR program (tests, new books)
  7. Coubertin = actions in line with the ‘Coubertin’ principles and any rewards that do not fall into other categories
  8. Extra-Curricular = non-lesson based activities
  9. Head’s Commendation = 5 points awarded for this category
  10. Postcard home = 3 points for this category

Coubertin Passport

William Brookes School are delighted to share with you an exciting addition to the current rewards system, ‘The Coubertin Passport’. Over the last few months we have wanted to find a better way of rewarding our best Year 11 students for the support and commitment they show the school. We want it to assist the students in providing evidence of all the extra things that they do.

Our Coubertin Students must play an active part in supporting the whole school community. This printed passport will allow them to log their hours and obtain any relevant references which will showcase the Olympic and Paralympic Values of excellence, friendship, respect, determination, courage, equality and inspiration.

Post 16 providers and employers do not only look for good exam results, but importantly want to know more about the person, their commitment, drive and ambition. Many young people will also have to participate in an interview for one reason or another during the coming months or years with an expectation that they explain their participation in the wider community as a learner. This passport will provide an impressive showcase for their skills and support them in achieving their next step into further education. It should be a record of their achievements to showcase themselves.

In order to obtain their passport, students will need to provide evidence that they have participated in a minimum of 10 school activities. These could include attending after school revision classes, mentoring other students, attending school clubs or assisting in the library. On top of that they will need to assist at a minimum of 2 evening activities. These could include Open Evening, Parents Evenings or Performing Arts events. (These can be in the recent past for this first year.) Once they have achieved these requirements, they will meet with their tutor to discuss their skills, efforts and Olympic and Paralympic Values. If they have demonstrated that they are good or outstanding in all categories, they will then be invited to a meeting with their House Leader. During this meeting they will need to provide their House Leader with reasons for them to be recommended for the final stage, an interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Students who fulfil all of the above will then be able to take advantage of a wide range of rewards. Currently this includes use of a Year 11 common room, the ability to use Simmill’s Coffee & Eats and, in agreement with parents/carers, the opportunity to go in to town during one lunch time per week from when the reward is gained until the end of year. The next stage for the school is to contact local businesses to see if they would be willing to offer our Coubertin Students discounts in their shops.

We hope that you see the value of this new and exciting reward scheme and encourage your child to apply.

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