Recognition and Incentives

Recognition – HEARTS

At Washwood Heath Academy, we believe strongly in the value of sincere recognition for effort and achievement.   We have high standards, and there is a level of expectation that all students will adhere to, particularly in relation to attendance, and readiness for school and learning.  Where students go above and beyond, however, we are committed to recognising these achievements.


Our system of recognition is built on our core values – Happiness, Excellence, Achievement, Resilience & Respect, Tolerance, and Self-Belief.   At any time during lessons, where students are demonstrating aspects of the ethos of the school, the teacher can award a HEARTS point.   These are totalled up and contribute to the House totals for HEARTS which are published alongside attendance data in the school.  Each week, houses award HEARTS badges to students based on positive reports from teachers/tutors, or from HEARTS points totals.

As an individual, the points are totalled up and recorded.  Each half term, we review the totals and those students who have reached the Bronze/Silver or Gold benchmarks are recognised with the following experiences:

25 HEARTS points from lessons Bronze badge – House based recognition slot one afternoon.  Houses to decide – hot chocs/ sweet treats/ time with their HoH/GM/SLT to share experiences/achievements incl phonecall home.
75 HEARTS points from lessons Silver badge – in school experience/privilege.  Dinner pass for a week, movie afternoon with popcorn.  
150 HEARTS points from lessons Gold badge – part-funded experience outside of school.  GoApe, Snowdome, Climbing centre, Theatre, students’ own requests…
HEARTS Praise Postcards and Letters Home.

For those students who go above and beyond in lessons, teachers are able to award a Praise Postcard.  These postcards are filled in there and then and awarded to the student for them to take home and share with their family.  In addition, each week letters will be sent home to the top students on the HEARTS totals to recognise the students efforts.