We value you!

As a school community we pride ourselves on the fact that our students are happy and enjoy the experience of learning with us in all kinds of ways.  As an outstanding school we realise that achievement comes in many different forms and we are committed to ensuring that your child has every opportunity to flourish, grow in confidence and make the most of their individual gifts and talents. 

Our rewards system is based on promoting a positive ethos through a culture of praise.  We aim to motivate and encourage students by, developing their self-confidence and self-esteem.  We recognise students’ effort and achievement and their contribution and commitment to the school.  

We work hard to ensure our Rewards system is equitable, inclusive, fair and consistently applied.


Merits are awarded in class or around school for the following two categories:

School Values in and outside the classroom

When you demonstrate one the four values: trust, compassion, forgiveness or justice in a lesson or around school, you will be given a “Value Merit”. The more merits you achieve, the better !

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Effort and homework

Merits are also awarded to reflect extra effort in homework and classwork. You will be given these merits when you go the extra mile!

If you receive a 100 merits each term, you will be allowed to attend the termly reward trip or event. These include things like Meadowhall, Flamingo Land and more!

You will also have the chance to win one of the four value awards each half term for your year group. Winners of these awards receive letters of commendation and a half termly prize.

The Gold Award

At Archbishop Holgate’s School, we truly value hard work and effort. Each week, you Head of Year will select two members of the year group to appear on the “Wall of Excellence”. This will include pupils from across Year 7-13. This will reflect exceptional work and effort.  Winners will receive a letter of commendation and a shopping voucher.  Winners will be published in the newsletter and displayed at the entrance to the school.

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We also hold an annual "Celebration evening", where we have an outside speaker and we recognise with parents the achievements of our students.

CLICK HERE to view our Rewards Policy



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