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Positive behaviour rewards and awards – house points, Headteacher’s stickers, classroom tidy awards, in class rewards and individual praise are just some of the ways which are used to great effect throughout the school to celebrate and recognise positive behaviour.

Houses and House points

Every child belongs to a House named after the following precious stones - Amber (yellow), Emerald (green), Ruby (red) or Sapphire (blue).

Any adult in the school may award House points for behaviour, effort, achievement and even just ‘trying hard’. Teachers may agree with their class that at times children may nominate another child to receive a House point. The Midday Supervisors will also reward children with House points if they see aspects of good behaviour or friendship during playtimes.

Headteacher’s Stickers

Any child can be awarded a Headteacher’s sticker for any reason – for example, good behaviour, being caring, sharing, putting in extra effort, working hard at school or on their homework, being self-disciplined and tidy etc.

Celebration Assembly

Celebration Assembly is generally held each week at 2.30pm on Fridays. This is a chance for the whole school to recognise and celebrate children’s achievements through verbal recognition and the presentation of certificates and badges. Acknowledgement is given to children who have impressed their teachers by demonstrating school values, including perserverance, teamwork, kindness, empathy, friendship, tidiness and a sense of community.

Reach Awards

REACH awards are presented termly by School Governors on the recommendation of class teachers. Each teacher puts forward a recommendation for the award to be presented to a pupil who has consistently shown the qualities required including respect, endeavour, achievement, creativity and happiness, defined as follows:

RESPECT               Be kind, helpful and look out for others

ENDEAVOR         Always try your very best

ACHIEVE              Reach your targets and keep progressing

CREATIVITY        Creative thinking, talented artist/music/DT

HAPPINESS         Be a ray of sunshine


About St Mary's

St Mary's is an academy within the Good Shepherd Trust, part of the Guildford Diocese. We provide education from Reception (age 4) through to the end of KS2 (age 11).

St Mary’s School aims to offer every opportunity for children to reach their full potential in a secure and nurturing environment. We believe that self-esteem and confidence are the best predictors of future success and we value achievement in all areas of the curriculum...

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