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

Disruptive behaviour in the classroom is dealt with by an escalating system of consequences:


Stage 1

Verbal warning.

Student told explicitly the reason for the warning.


Stage 2

Second verbal warning- name on board and C1 issued.

Stage 3

Final verbal warning- name on board and ticked.

C2 issued.

10 minute same day after school Restorative Conversation (RC) with class teacher (recorded in student planner).


Non-attendance=parents contacted by class teacher and 30 min next day C3 detention.


Stage 4

Removal from classroom (on call) to faculty behaviour room.

C3 issued by class teacher (30 minute same day detention after school if periods 1-4, next day if period 5).

Stage 5

Removal from classroom or faculty behaviour room to isolation (C4).

1 hour SLT detention on Friday after school.

Stage 6

*Any 2 ‘on calls’ in a day will mean isolation for the rest of the day and a 30 minute same day C3 detention after school (next day if period 5).

Any student who does not attend C3 will be issued with a 1 hour SLT detention on Friday after school.

Failure to attend SLT detention on Friday will lead to isolation/exclusion from school.

C3 detentions can be given for other breaches of school rules such as:

  • Smoking
  • Truancy
  • Swearing
  • Defiance
  • Persistent Lateness
  • Out of bounds


  • Damaging school property*

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

Parents will be notified of a C3 detention by either 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.

 (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.