Motivation to Succeed — Solihull Sixth Form College

Motivation to Succeed

The College operates a rewards and sanctions scheme in which excellence and exceptional effort are rewarded and behaviour below the expected standard is tackled. This policy exists to help motivate you and help you to stretch your potential.

Amelia-Anne Carse, Principal Martin Sullivan and Pete Miller

Among the rewards that students can strive for are:
• Governor’s Award – based on recommendations from teachers and academic coaches, this is a financial contribution (usually £50) towards costs of participation in regional/national events, which bring prestige to the College such as sporting competitions, external drama productions or membership of orchestras.
• College Colours – students can apply for College Colours, which are awarded if you can demonstrate you have met published criteria and achieved an individualised ‘Stretch and Challenge’ target.
• Ambassadors to the Future – this award recognises special students chosen by the Principal each year, whose attitude, commitment and hard work have made them outstanding examples of what this College offers to the future.
• Commendation – any member of staff can put a student up for a commendation for a variety of achievements including:
– outstanding work in your course
– exceptional achievement in sport
– superb contribution in drama productions and music concerts
– significant personal contributions to community and charity events
– major improvement and/or significant personal effort which shows student commitment beyond the norm
• Attendance Certificate – 100% attendance over one term.
• Attendance Commendation – 100% attendance over two terms/year.
• Subject Specific Awards – subjects run their own celebration events, with individual criteria for success.
• Annual Subject Awards – small financial awards are made at the Celebration Evening in each subject area.
• Staff / Student Interactions – staff endeavour to provide you with feedback (both verbal and written) to praise you for good work and guide you on improvements you can make.

These rewards are aimed at motivating you to achieve success. This is all set out in the Enrolment Contract you sign when you start at the College. Should you not approach your studies with an appropriate attitude and as such fall below expected standards, sanctions can be imposed. This may involve a commitment interview, aimed at getting you back on track to succeed. Approach this process with the right attitude and you should soon be re-focussed on your studies. If you don’t approach this in the right way, staff may decide to take it to a disciplinary contract instead and should behaviour and/or attitude persistently fall below expected standards, exclusion is a last resort.


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