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 as well as model citizens. Simply put Take part, Achieve, Succeed. The rewards policy seeks to uphold at all times The Dorcan Academy’s core values and encourages our students to Be kind, Show respect and Do their best, in order that they are inspired and motivated to be the best versions of themselves.

Rewards are given for many reasons such as:

  • Achieving or exceeding target grade
  • Consistently positive attitude to learning leading to positive progress
  • Attendance 100%
  • Commitment to extracurricular activities
  • Excellent piece of DIRT work
  • Exceptional effort
  • Exceptional Academic Prep
  • Growth mindset – showing perseverance, resilience
  • Model Student – demonstrating the Dorcan Values and character virtues
  • Positive contribution to the community
  • Student Leadership
  • Supporting the school during events
  • Exceptional achievements

Students are rewarded on a day to day basis by the issuing of House points, character counters, certificates, postcards and letters home. At our whole school rewards assembly at the end of the academic year trophies are awarded for exceptional achievements.

In addition, students work towards a range of awards throughout their time at The Dorcan Academy. There are four types of awards that students can achieve: Bronze, Silver, Gold and the most prestigious, Platinum.


Students need to achieve 4500 points to win this award. The reward includes a letter from the chair of governors, Certificate signed by the chair of governors, an automatic pass to the front of the lunch queue and either a FREE prom ticket or a Domino’s Pizza meal with 5 friends.


Students need to achieve 4000 points to win this award. The reward includes a letter from the Head teacher, a certificate signed by the Head teacher, badge, and either a £10 Love to Shop or Cinema Voucher.


Students need to achieve 3000 points to win this award. The reward includes a certificate signed by Head of House, a badge and a non-school uniform day.


Students need to achieve 2000 points to win this award. The reward includes a certificate signed by their tutor, a badge and a delicious doughnut.

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 3, 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 2020-21Points needed to achieve PlatinumPoints needed to achieve GoldPoints needed to achieve SilverPoints needed to achieve Bronze
Year 74500400030002000
Year 84500400030002000
Year 94500400030002000
Year 104000350025001500
Year 112500200015001000

As this system was introduced partway into their time at The Dorcan Academy KS4 students require less points to ensure they can achieve all awards.

The other rewards students can achieve 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 during the mid-year rewards assembly. 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.

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 of the next academic year.

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.

The Dorcan Academy
St. Paul’s Drive
Covingham, Swindon
Wiltshire SN3 5DA
Switchboard: 01793 525231
Fax: 01793 431461
The Dorcan Academy is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales under company number 07831414. The registered office is St. Paul’s Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 5DA.