At Upton-by-Chester High School we pride ourselves on recognising and celebrating learners who strive to shape their own future in all aspects of their school life. The Halls system is directly linked to our Learner Recognition and provides all learners with the opportunity to be rewarded for their efforts and achievement across the curriculum and wider areas of school.
The primary aim of the Halls System and the Learner Recognition Pyramid is to encourage all learners to get involved and engage in opportunities at Upton-by-Chester High School and the wider community. Our Halls System is comprised of 5 Halls;
The Learner Recognition Pyramid has been designed with learner input to reflect the ideas and thoughts of learners within our school. Learners can achieve points by attending school every day, being punctual, displaying positive learning behaviours in lessons (ATL 1s and 2s), attending engage@upton activities, achieving a full PRAISE card and being nominated for ‘learner of the half-term.’ These points accumulate throughout the academic year. As learners meet key thresholds, they will be presented with either a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum AWARD.
In addition, learners are also recognised fortnightly by their form tutors in the RAISE PRAISE session of the PLaN programme.
- The learners achieving the highest ‘total points’ for the last 2 weeks (not accumulative) are issued with a certificate and a pack of skittles by their Form Tutor.
- All the PRAISE cards that are collected during the 2 week period are collated. Form Tutors draw 3 cards and issue skittles.
Head of Year Rewards and Recognition assembly
At the end of each half-term, all year groups attend a Rewards and Recognition assembly led by their Head of Year and Pastoral Support Manager. In this assembly, certificates are issued to learners with 100% attendance for the half term. All the PRAISE cards that have been collected over the half-term are posted in to our totalizer.
The Head of Year draws 5 PRAISE cards and the winners receive a bonus prize. The more PRAISE cards in the draw - the higher the learner’s chances of winning! These prizes are determined by the School Council and include items such as front of queue passes, Amazon vouchers and themed sweet treats.
Once a half-term, we hold Hall assemblies. These are led by the Assistant Headteacher who oversees each Hall, in conjunction with Miss Noel and the learner leadership teams. Accumulative Hall point totals are shared to encourage ‘healthy competition’.
The Sixth Form or Year 11 Hall Leader draws 5 PRAISE cards from the totalizer (relevant Hall) and the winners receive a bonus prize. The more PRAISE cards in the draw - the higher the learner’s chances of winning! These prizes are determined by the School Council and include things such as front of queue passes, Amazon vouchers and themed sweet treats.
Remote Learning Briefing
Every week a member of the senior leadership team records a Remote Learner Briefing. The content of the briefing focuses on core messaging, opportunities, British Values and recognition. Individual learners and teams are publicly celebrated across the whole school community.