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Community Rewards

At Cliff Park Ormiston academy we pride ourselves on a highly effective reward system that acknowledges and celebrates the achievements and successes of all our students.

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Across the Academy – inside and outside the classroom – staff consistently practice a rewards system that provides our students with the opportunities to be recognised and praised for their academic achievements, progress, effort, contributions to the Academy community, outstanding behaviour and attendance.

We strongly believe that students should be regularly and fairly rewarded for their achievements, to not only celebrate students’ successes, but to also inspire and motivate young people to achieve their personal best and become confident, independent learners. This vision, in turn, raises standards and improves behaviour and attendance.

Outlined below are the positive rewards used across the Academy from Year 7 to Year 11.


Credits are allocated through our electronic management system daily and form the foundation of our effective rewards system here at cliff Park Ormiston Academy. The credits provide instant recognition of a student’s achievement in the Academy, from an outstanding piece of classwork/ extended learning, to exceptional effort in a lesson, or from an act of kindness or generosity of spirit to a demonstration of superb progress.

Credits are used consistently and fairly across the whole Academy and are regularly monitored by SLT, the Community Team and form Tutors. Students value this system and therefore strive to collect credits in order to achieve student of the Week or cash their credits in for rewards.

Student Of The Week

In order to acknowledge and celebrate credits regularly amongst our Communities at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, we use our weekly electronic records to recognise our Student of the Week. Our winning students are identified in each of our four Communities as having the highest number of credits in one week. These students are presented, in their Community Assembly, with a student of the Week certificate and small prize. This highly successful method is another means of consistently and regularly supporting, recognising and celebrating students in their everyday learning and behaviour.

Community Achievement Assembly

Community Achievement Assemblies are held half-termly and are an excellent opportunity to celebrate achievements in a formal, high profile manner. Through analysis of our credit system, individual subject nominations, attitudes to learning and attendance records, we use Achievement Assemblies to praise and recognise the whole half-term successes of students who have consistently and continuously pushed themselves to achieve well. This half-termly event involves the Form Tutors, Community Leads, Assistant Principal of the Community, Vice Principal and Principal. Across the Academy, our students value and appreciate Achievement Assemblies as a means of being rewarded publicly amongst their Community. This, therefore, provides our students with an invaluable opportunity to support, share and celebrate each other’s successes together; which, in turn, promotes an acceptance of positive achievements and excellent behaviour.

Students receive Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum certificates as well as Community Action and Attendance certificates. Bronze (all students receiving more than 35 credits), Silver (top 25 students in each Community ATL), Gold (top 10 students in each Community ATL) and Platinum (top 5 students in each Community ATL)

In addition to credits, we offer several other methods of rewarding students on a daily and weekly basis. Students’ efforts and achievements may be acknowledged with: a phone call home, postcard home (5 credits), CPOA reward passes, lunch with the Community Assistant Principal at half-term in recognition of effort or attainment, Community Challenge rewards each half-term, lunch with the Principal. At the end of the Academic Year, the Community with the most credits goes on an exciting rewards trip with their Community Team.

Community Celebration Evening

The Cliff Park Ormiston community Celebration Evenings are another high profile event within our rewards system. Celebration Evenings commend our nominated students for going the extra mile in one or more subjects or within the Academy Community as a whole. Students can be nominated for outstanding academic, sport or arts achievements, for celebrating success against the odds or for making an exceptional contribution to the wider Academy community. This prestigious event is an opportunity to formally invite parents/carers along to help us commemorating their young person’s successes and achievements.

The evening includes an awards ceremony hosted by the Strategic Leadership Team, Community team and Governors. Entertainment is provided by our students and a slideshow of photographs that highlights of the academy year. The evening is concluded with a chance for staff, parents and students to chat informally.

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