Rewards and Sanctions

Our Phoenix Award system rewards students in lessons and around the school.  The scoring system works as follows:

10 ‘Silver’ awards            =          1 ‘Gold’ award
10 ‘Gold’ awards             =          1 ‘Platinum’ award
10 ‘Platinum’ awards       =          1 ‘Diamond’ award

In the older year groups rewards are linked to "competencies" which have been developed with business partners.  The competencies help students recognise the skills they need in order to be successful in our sixth form and in the work place.  Sixth form students receive relevant rewards which help them to become successful in University applications and beyond.  They earn their own rewards by engaging in a full and extensive enrichment programme.

Each faculty has developed ways to help students keep a record of awards they have gained and we expect all students to achieve at least a ‘Platinum’ award.  Families are able to track these awards via the Parent Portal.  Many of our students will go on to achieve a ‘Diamond’ award which is recorded on our ‘Wall of Fame’. Parents are invited in for a ‘Diamond Award’ ceremony to recognise the effort and hard work of these students.

As a school we always seek to reinforce and reward positive effort, attitude and behaviour.  At Meadowhead these attributes are consistently demonstrated by the vast majority of students.  However, if a student misbehaves or fails to produce satisfactory work in relation to ability, various sanctions may be used.

Our Sanctions Structure - please note this is currently under review (Jan 2019)

Disruptive behaviour in the classroom is recorded publicly:

C1       -           Verbal warning
C2       -           Second verbal warning
C3       -           Detention for 25 minutes (served the following Monday)

Being sent out for extreme behaviour results in an automatic C3 detention.
C3 detentions can be given for other breaches of school rules such as:


  • Smoking
  • Swearing
  • Chewing
  • Defiance
  • Persistent Lateness
  • Out of bounds
  • Truancy
  • Refusal to remove hats,coats, hoodies
  • Damaging school property*

(*parents may be charged for any damage caused to school property)

Parents will be notified of a C3 detention by either a letter/text/email (depending on contact details shared with the school by parents/carers).  Parental consent is not required for detentions but the information is always shared.

C3 Detentions

These will be held every Monday, in the first (01) classroom of the corresponding year corridor. C3 starts at 2.50pm Heads of Year, pastoral managers and other year team staff in rotation. 

Our detention system is based around Behaviour for Learning.  Students will work, in silence, for the duration of their detention on work set by the referring staff member. 

If more than one C3 is accumulated during a week then the length of the C3 is increased by 10 minutes each time, to a maximum C3 length of 45 minutes.

If a student with a C3 is not present in school on the corresponding Monday their C3 will carry over to the following Monday.

If a student is present in school on the corresponding Monday, but fails to attend their C3 the C3 carries over to the following Monday and increases to 35 minutes in length. If a student fails to attend the carried over C3, then they will be expected to attend a Senior Leadership Team (SLT) C3 on the Thursday of the same week. This will be communicated to parents via letter/e-mail/text. Failure to attend a SLT C3 will result in the student being in Isolation for the whole following day.

(C4) Isolation

The Internal Isolation Room is fully equipped with text books and appropriate work for all subjects across the Key Stages.

On Report/Attendance Card/Target Sheet/Homework Report

Persistent offenders are referred to the Pastoral Manager who may place the student on one of the above reports.  These could be to monitor behaviour, class work or homework in one subject or all subjects, or punctuality to lessons.  Parents are asked to sign these reports each evening.

Parental Interview

More serious misdemeanours may result in parents being invited to school to discuss the situation so that co-ordinated action may be taken.

Exclusions (C5)

Exclusion may still be an immediate response to any extreme behaviour.