7th January, 2020

Promoting Good Behaviour to Achieve Success

We will promote good behaviour by:

  • Having high expectations of all pupils through a consistency of approach between teachers, faculties and support staff.
  • Be actively committed to the needs of each individual child by meeting their educational, social and behavioural needs, including identifying and implementing individual support packages. This applies particularly for pupils with disabilities or social, mental or emotional needs.
  • Contributing to the development of s safe, caring and intellectually stimulating environment where pupils can be ambitious to learn and achieve.
  • Equipping pupils with the appropriate personal, social and academic skills in their transition to Further Education or the world of work.
  • Developing an understanding and respect for each others’ uniqueness, to foster a cohesive school and the wider community.

Recognising Achievement

At Trinity we aim to foster a culture in which praise and rewards become more widely used.  Everyone in the school works hard to praise the pupils and encourage and appreciate achievement both in and out of the classroom.

It is hoped that standards of work and behaviour will improve and expectations are raised as a result. We do not underestimate the power of instant positive praise. Pupils are encouraged to share and celebrate success and take pride in their achievements across every part of their lives.

Reward Systems


Merits are awarded to Years 7, 8 and 9 and are recorded in pupils’ Planners.

Pupils will receive certificates for reaching varying targets:

  • Bronze Award – 25 Merits
  • Silver Awards – 50 Merits
  • Gold Award – 100 Merits
  • Platinum Award – 200 Merits

These awards will be presented in year group assemblies by the Progress Co-ordinator.

Merits will count towards house points.

Merit Descriptors

One merit will be awarded for:

  1.  Work exceeding a pupil’s usual level of attainment.
  2.  Effort exceeding a pupil’s level of attainment.
  3.  Good deeds that contribute positively to the school community.


  1.  is a fantastic piece of work. You have achieved above what we would normally expect. A ‘personal best’. Well done!
  2.  A remarkable amount of effort has gone into this piece of work. You have worked much harder than we would normally expect. Keep motivated.
  3.  Your good deed has contributed to the school community in a positive, helpful and unselfish way. You are on the way to becoming a model citizen.

Upper School Merit System – Super 7’s

Merits will be collected and teachers will record them in the pupil’s Contact Diary. Once the students have collected 7, the form tutor will give them a signed ‘Super 7s Merit Slip’.

This slip should be counter signed by the Year Progress Coordinator and posted in the ‘Super 7s box’ which will be situated in the Social Area. Progress will be recorded on the form’s display board. At the end of each term we will have a special draw with a special guest and all students have an opportunity to win a variety of special prizes.

Merits will be awarded for:

  • Outstanding work – work that is above and beyond a student’s expectations
  • Outstanding effort – this could be in class or homework
  • Sustained effort – fantastic effort over a period of time
  • Much improved achievement / effort
  • A good deed
  • Independent Learning – attending lunch / afterschool session to seek help, improve knowledge


We use SIMS Achievement monitoring system to acknowledge achievement, effort, progress and attainment. This keeps a record of Achievements and Behaviours over each pupil’s time at the school.

Attendance – Attendance is regularly monitored and rewarded initially with positive praise through the pastoral team and also through certificates and vouchers in awards assemblies.

Parental Liaison

We recognise achievement through contact with parents/ guardians. This is achieved through:

  • Phone calls home
  • School Gateway messages.
  • Verbal praise Parents’ Evening, in the classroom, on the corridor
  • Written comments in exercise books, reports, contact book…
  • Postcards – Parents receive the good news on the doorstep!
  • Letters home – more detailed, personal version of the postcards.
  • Certificates for good work, year prize, attendance…
  • Vouchers – 100% attendance
  • Stickers – recognising good work, effort and achievement both in and out of the class.
  • Attendance DVD Afternoon – 100% attendance
  • Sports Awards – team/ individual awards
  • Prize giving – subjects, sports and academic awards.
  • House competitions – a whole range of disciplines recognised.
  • Merits Stickers in contact books accruing to certificates.

Use of Pupil Planners

Pupil Planners are used to record both positive messages to parents and areas of concern.