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 all students have 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 students demonstrate one of the four values (Justice, Compassion, Forgiveness or Trust) in a lesson or around school, they will be given a ‘Value Merit’.
  • Effort and Homework
    Merits are also awarded to reflect extra effort in homework and classwork. Students will be given these merits when they go the extra mile!

Students receiving 100 merits each term, will be allowed to attend the termly reward trip which includes visits to Meadowhall, Flamingo Land and more. There is also the chance to win one of the four value awards each half term for the 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, Heads of Year select two members of the year group to appear on the ‘Wall of Excellence’. This includes students from across Years 7 to 13. Winners will receive a letter of commendation and a voucher in recognition of their exceptional work and effort. They will also be published in the newsletter and appear on a display in school.