The school supports a house merit system (house points) and all staff are expected to apply it consistently, according to the criteria laid out here.
Verbal praise and encouragement should be used often and in every lesson. Academic effort & achievement, inter-house sporting events, and contribution to school life are factors that are used to reward students.
AAESS House system splits every student into the following Houses:
House Points should be given to any pupil who achieves over and above the General Academic Expectations. House points feed into the overall House point totals managed and maintained via House Captains and the Head of House.
- House Points will be awarded in the form of a paper card handed to a student to keep and collect. The House Point cards are to be handed in to the Form Tutor for recording purposes at the end of the week during Tutor Time.
- A House Point can be given to an individual or to a group.
- When awarding a House Point, the member of staff will sign and identify the reason for awarding the house point, in order to validate it.
- Only one House Point will be awarded at a time. This is so that the merit system retains value.
- If an effort or an achievement is of such high standard that it is deserving of more than 1 House point, the pupil will be referred to the HOD or HOKS. These people can award one additional House Point. This will achieve two outcomes:
- It gives the HOD/HOKS the opportunity to see evidence of high achievement and to further praise the pupil.
- To ensure consistency of reward by limiting the number of House Points given out at any one time.