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The Dorcan Academy is committed to promoting high standards of learning and behaviour.  Our Behaviour for Learning policy puts into effect our core values of promoting positive behaviour for learning with the aim of enabling all students to ‘Aspire to Greatness’; a belief that we can overcome barriers to learning and a ‘no excuses’ culture. 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 very best and become confident, independent leaders in their learning. The rewards policy seeks to uphold at all times The Dorcan Academy’s core values.

Rewards are given for many reasons such as:

  • Achieving or exceeding target grade
  • Attendance 100%
  • Commitment to extracurricular activities
  • Excellent piece of DIRT work
  • Excellent SMSC work completed
  • Exceptional effort
  • Exceptional Home learning
  • Growth mindset - perseverance, resilience
  • Model Student - Dorcan Values
  • Positive contribution to the community
  • Student Leadership
  • Supporting the school during events

Students will be working towards a range of rewards throughout their time at The Dorcan Academy. There are four types of awards that students can achieve: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.


Students need to achieve 4000 points to win this award. The reward includes a letter from the chair of governors, Certificate signed by chair of governors, an automatic pass to the front of the lunch queue and either FREE prom ticket or a Domino’s Pizza meal with 5 friends.


Students need to achieve 3500 points to win this award. The reward includes a letter from the Head teacher, Certificate signed by Head teacher, badge and an afternoon of activities off-timetable selected by students. e.g., use of the sports facilities, a film or use of the technology facilities.


Students need to achieve 2500 points to win this award. The reward includes a certificate signed by Head of House, badge and a non-school uniform day.


Students need to achieve 1500 points to win this award. The reward includes a certificate signed by tutor, badge and a week’s pass to the front of the queue in the canteen.

Students can win these awards at any time during their time at The Dorcan Academy. The awards will be presented at the rewards assemblies, held at the end of term 2, end of term 4 and the end of year celebration assembly. To ensure the new system is fair to all students the following breakdown will be used.

Year – starting 2017-18

Points needed to achieve Platinum  

Points needed to achieve Gold

Points needed to achieve Silver

Points needed to achieve Bronze

Year 7





Year 8





Year 9





Year 10





The other rewards students can gain are as followed:

  • A post card is sent home every time a student achieves 500 house points, e.g. 500, 1000, 1500 etc.

  • Students are rewarded for their academic and pastoral achievements by winning certificates during the end of term rewards assemblies (term 2 and 4). All the academic and pastoral winners’ names are put into a draw and two students are selected to win a £10 voucher at random.
  • End of year assembly - Students are rewarded for their academic and pastoral achievements through certificates and prizes.
  • At the end of term 3 and 5 the house with the most reward points are entitled to a non-school uniform day on the last day of that term.
  • Each term the Houses compete against each other in the set competition. The ultimate winner wins a voucher as well as points for their House.
  • The House that gains the highest number of House points is awarded the House trophy and wins a non-school uniform day at the end of term 1.
  • End of year reward trip - The student council decide on the criteria for the rewards trip during term 1 of each year. All students who meet the criteria are invited to attend.


At The Dorcan Academy we aim to provide a multitude of learning opportunities within a vibrant, creative and inclusive environment, where students can discover their strengths, talents and interests and pursue them to the highest standards, to become the best they can be.

As well as attaining the highest academic standards possible, we understand the importance of developing creatively, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Ultimately, we want our students to stand out as model citizens of whom society can be proud, valuing justice, honesty and integrity. Our aim is to develop students as future leaders in order to prepare them for the challenges of today’s “real” world and to equip them to ‘make a difference’ in their local community.

To this end we offer a range of leadership opportunities which enable students to reflect on what they can do to make positive changes to improve their school and local community; develop positive relationships with others and demonstrate compassion. Our leadership programme is based on The Dorcan Academy values and personal attributes.

There are two types of leadership awards, the Junior leadership award (Years 7 and 8) and the Senior leadership award (Years 9, 10 and 11). Within each award there are three levels Pass, Merit, and Distinction. To gain a leadership award at each stage students need to complete at least 7 activities within each award, for example, leading a group task or becoming an ambassador. Two of the activities can be from Growth Mindset activities and one must be oracy based.

Below are some of the leadership opportunities on offer at The Dorcan Academy:

  • Head boy and Head girl
  • Deputy Head boy and Head girl
  • Prefects
  • School council
  • Teaching and learning leadership group
  • Behaviour and Outcomes leadership group
  • Curriculum and Careers leadership group
  • Wellbeing leadership group
  • Student interview panel
  • Deputy house captains
  • Peer readers
  • KS3 head student
  • Year 7 head student
  • Sports leaders
  • Library leaders
  • Career leaders
  • House ambassadors
  • Tutor ambassadors