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Year 8 & 9 Rewards Trip to Blacklands Farm
Year 8 & 9 Rewards Trip to Blacklands Farm


Our Rewards Policy at Varndean is something we are very passionate about. At Varndean our achievement categories of teaching and learning, extra-curricular and pastoral ensure we recognise all aspects of students' contributions and success. 

Students see direct rewards for their hard work, positive attitude and community spirit. All student achievements are recognised individually and as a community. Individual students work towards Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum awards with the latter resulting in an invitation to an awards ceremony for students and their families. Our Challenge and Pride award encompasses students' Attitude to Learning, kindness, self-development, resilience and community contribution all of which links to our world class vision. Within form groups students work together to qualify for whole class rewards such as: breakfast and lunch, festive hampers, vouchers, in addition to charity donations. 

In addition to this we have launched our Golden Ticket incentive where we celebrate as a whole school within our smaller schools.

Golden Ticket Assemblies take place three times a year, December April & July. Throughout the year students can be awarded a golden ticket for the following reasons:


Criteria for a GT:

  • Exemplary work which class teachers share with Head of Department 

  • Outstanding performance in assessments/PPE (Year 11 incentive)

  • World Class Extracurricular success in and out of school

  • Astounding acts of kindness in support of our Varndean Community and Local Community.

  • Headteacher Awards  

End of Term per Term Data:

  •  96%+ Attendance

  • <1.4 ATL  

  • 0 Behaviour Points

  • Every 100 AP = 1GT


Students who receive a ticket are automatically entered into a prize draw where randomly students are picked to receive a prize, this ranges from a book voucher to a FitBit!

Student voice plays a significant part with a student working party group chairing opinions on how to evolve the rewards system as well as providing feedback to students and event organisation.

Parents and students can keep track of points on Varndean PLUS. These achievement opportunities underpin our ethos of ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, helping us to focus on how we see our achievements and the knock-on effect of our hard work and dedication to studying, school representation and overall positive attitudes to the learning process.