House Achievement Points

What are HAPs?

Students can gain House Achievement Points in a number of ways including effort in lessons, sport, charity events, reading competition, full attendance, examination results, various department competitions, etc. Students can also gain house points if their uniform is consistently worn correctly. The efforts of individual students and groups of students in each house are recognised in an awards ceremony at the end of the Summer Term.

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Students can regularly earn a range of points for their effort in lessons:

Good= 3 points, Very Good = 4 points, Outstanding = 5 points.

A similar scale applies to the quality of class and homework relative to their ability level. Students can earn special points awards for a variety of reasons e.g. Student of the Month (25 points), Commitment to a Club (25 points) or a range of bespoke points awards.

Each term a range of award certificates will be presented

Diamond AwardTop points scorer in the whole school

Platinum AwardTop points scorer in the year group

Gold AwardIn the top 5% of points scorers in the year group

Silver AwardIn the top 10% of points scorers in the year group

Bronze AwardIn the top 25% of points scorers in the year group

Ruby AwardTop points scorer in the Tutor Group

Emerald AwardThis is the Improver’s Award and is given to 10% of the year group who have most significantly improved their position but have not gained a bronze award or above. Therefore, this award is only presented in the Spring and Summer Terms.

Houses

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During the year you will be expected to work hard to earn House Achievement points (HAP’s). At the end of the year the house with the most points is the champion house. House captains are presented with the house trophy and students are allowed a day out, usually visiting a theme park to celebrate their success. Points are earned by collecting merits from teachers, sport, quizzes, competitions & exams. The current Houses are Godiva (Blue), Webb Ellis (Yellow), Whittle (Red) and Shakespeare (Purple).

The colour on your tie will correspond to your house, other than this everyone’s uniform is exactly the same & must be worn properly at ALL times.

Things to bring

There are some things that you will need to bring to College EVERY DAY.

  • Planner – you will get this on your first day in September.
  • Reading Book – you should always have a book you can read in your bag.
  • Equipment – black or blue pen, pencil, eraser, sharpener, calculator, ruler & a small pocket Dictionary

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Teachers

You will have different teachers for each subject so there will be lots of new people to get to know.

You will see your tutor twice a day during registration. You can ask your tutor if there is anything that you are not sure of or are worried about.

Your Head of Year works with your tutors to make sure that you are able to achieve your true potential in every area of college life. You can find them if you have any problems or if there is some- thing you think they’d like to know. Heads of Year love to hear good news!

There are lots of other members of staff in school that may not be your teachers, however they will be happy to help if you need it.

ALL MEMBERS OF STAFF AT THE COLLEGE SHOULD BE TREATED WITH THE SAME RESPECT AND GOOD MANNERS.

The day to day routine

  • 8.45am Students to be on site
  • 8.50am AM Registration
  • 9.10am First lesson
  • 10.10am Second lesson
  • 11.10am Break time
  • 11.30am Third lesson
  • 12.30pm Lunch time – You can either bring your lunch to school or buy it from the canteen.
  • 1.20pm Fourth lesson
  • 2.20pm Fifth lesson
  • 3.20pm PM Registration
  • 3.30pm College finishes

After school activities start.

The bell rings at the beginning & the end of lessons, apart from period 2 & 3 where you will be dismissed by your teacher. There is a warning bell at the start of the day, at the end of lunch & break time, so that you know it’s time to go to lessons or registration.

Once you arrive at school you MUST stay on the site until you leave at 3.30pm. Students are not permitted to leave school during lunchtime, unless you have a signed lunch pass.

Keep all your belongings with you throughout the day – you can get a locker to keep things in if you wish. It is important that all of your belongings are clearly named.

If you are ill you go to the Student Office & tell them. You do not ring home. The school will get in contact with parents if you need to go home.

Homework

You will be set homework from each subject (Maths, English, Science, Art, Drama, Languages, Geography, History, ICT, Life skills, Music & Technology) but don’t worry they won’t all be on the same day!
You will use your planner to record homework so that all tasks are handed in on time.