Rewarding Achievement and Behaviour - Harris Academy Orpington

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Rewarding Achievement and Behaviour

We have a firm emphasis on good behaviour so that the environment at the Academy, inside and outside the classroom, is calm, purposeful and orderly.

Achievement is always celebrated with regular encouragement, praise and awards for students when they work their hardest and behave well. Our high expectations, combined with a firm but fair system of sanctions, mean that all students can reach high standards as well as enjoy their education.

Celebrating Achievements

COR cards. COR stands for Commitment, Optimism, Resilience. Each fortnight, staff are issued with a COR card which will be handed to a student for showing one of these qualities both in and out of the classroom. Those students issued with a card will be entered into a fortnightly and termly raffle to win a selection of prizes and reward trips.

Subject reward cards. Students are issued with subject rewards cards for showing excellence within their individual subjects. Students will receive a postcard from their teacher containing a unique code which directs them to a website where they can enter competitions and gain further rewards.

Vice Principal tea. The Vice Principal will host a half termly afternoon tea for selected students across all years of the academy. Students will be nominated by their teachers and formally invited to the event where their efforts will be recognised over refreshments with the Vice Principal and invited staff members.

Celebration of Achievement Evening. The end of year will culminate in our annual Celebration of Achievement Evening. Students will be nominated across their subjects and receive a formal invitation to attend the evening with their families to receive their prize.


Sanctions are used to respond to poor behaviour. They are applied consistently, giving students opportunities to lessen the sanction at each stage. For further details see our Behaviour Policy on the Student Welfare page.