Rewards and Sanctions


The role of rewards in recognising and promoting Ark Academy values is a key part of developing the potential of young people by giving encouragement and praise. Praise is a key component of good teaching and good staff/pupil relationships. Good behaviour is also best promoted and developed by drawing attention to and rewarding well behaved and hardworking students. Praise needs to be used appropriately, sincerely and linked to tangible examples of a student’s strengths.

The rewards policy operates within this guiding principle.

The system also links individual recognition and achievement to the house system and develops a healthy competitiveness at house level, fostering a tangible sense of belonging.

The reward system centres on the awarding of merit marks.

Merits:           Secondary                                       Stars:             Primary

Merits/Stars will be based and awarded on the 4 core values of Ark Academy:

  • Excellence
  • Civitas
  • Participation
  • Persistence

Any pupil who earns 5 merits or stars (one must be for Civitas) will be awarded a commendation certificate.

In Secondary, Merits are recorded in the student planner in the form of a sticker. The member of staff will sign the merit and tick the relevant core value. They will then enter this merit on ePortal.

In Primary, merits (stars) are recorded on a class chart weekly. These are then converted into house points and entered into Sleuth on a Thursday. The children with the most stars receive a commendation certificate in the Friday celebration assembly.

Merits and commendations can be cashed in to ‘buy’ special items from the civitas shop such as stationary and various vouchers.

Each department (or primary classroom) needs a display for pupils explaining how to earn merits in their department. Different subjects can create their own criteria for the 4 core values.

For example awarded for:

  • strong oral contributions (Participation)
  • helping another student (Civitas)
  • strong test/homework performance (Excellence)
  • improvement in levels (Persistence)

Vice/Assistant Principals, HOY’s (secondary) and Deputy and Assistant Head teachers (primary) can award a Silver Merit for anything above and beyond the normal merit. This will lead to a silver commendation certificate.

Likewise the Principal/Head teacher/Associate Principal will award Gold Merits for strong support for the ethos of Ark Academy, representing the Academy in some way or to pupils sent to her for special recognition (particularly for excellent academic achievement).

Living the vision around the Academy (Civitas Merits)

Teachers are entitled to award a student a Civitas merit or star for demonstrating kindness, thoughtfulness or selflessness.

Examples of this type of behaviour might be:

  • Picking up litter, maintaining the school environment.
  • Helping another student if lost/stuck.
  • Helping a visitor.
  • Assisting staff with open evenings/school events.
  • Contribution to local community – voluntary work, reading at local primary school etc.



The system for issuing detentions is simple and transparent. There are 3 types of detention: playtime detentions; lunch detentions and Friday detentions. Every detention should be recorded by the teacher or adult issuing the detention.

1. Playtime/lunchtime detentions

If a pupil‟s behaviour hasn‟t improved after a time out, or if there is more than one behaviour incident the pupil will miss playtime and will help the teacher or Teaching Assistant in the classroom.

These detentions are logged at the time the detention is issued.

2. Lunchtime detentions

Children who don’t complete their home learning will complete it during lunchtime instead. These detentions are logged at the time the detention is issued. Where a pupil fails to attend detention, the consequence will escalate.

3. Friday detentions

Children who receive two or more playtime or lunchtime detentions in a week will attend detention over Friday lunchtime.

Children who receive three or more timeouts in a week will attend detention on Friday lunchtime.

Key Stage 2 children who arrive late three times or more during the week will attend lunchtime detention.

Key Stage 1 children will spend lunch with the headteacher.

Key Stage 2 children will do quiet work in a classroom, supervised by a teacher. These detentions are logged at the time the detention is issued. A text message is also sent home.


The system for issuing detentions is simple and transparent.

There are 3 types of detention in Ark Academy:

20 minute late detentions at lunch; central detentions (20, 30, 60,120 minutes) and Saturday detentions.

Every detention should be recorded in the relevant detention page in the pupil planner.

1. Late detentions

If a pupil arrives late after 8.25 in the morning, the pupil will sign in late and a detention will be written in their planner for that day.

Pupils will go to detention at the beginning of lunch. It will last 20 minutes.

Pupils who fail to attend this detention will have a 1 hour detention issued

2. Central detentions

There is a daily detention from 4.00 until 6 in the main hall. Pupils can accumulate detentions in one day up to the length of 2 hours.

These detentions are written in the student planner and logged on eportal at the time the detention is issued.

A text message is also sent home. Where a pupil fails to attend detention, the consequence will escalate.

3. Saturday detentions

These will take place every four weeks and will run from 8.55 until 11.00am. The first one will be scheduled for four weeks after the first Friday detention. These will be staffed by SLT.

Saturday detentions will be issued for the following reasons:

Each time a pupil accrues 20 demerits, until such a time as more serious consequences are put in place (see cumulative response to demerits).

Form tutors are responsible in the first instance for tracking detentions and behaviour trends in their form group using ePortal.

For more information about Ark Academy's Rewards and Sanctions system please see our Behaviour and Ethos policy, located under Secondary, Policies (Secondary)