Celebrating Success

Students and Families

At Shireland Collegiate Academy it is important to recognise students’ achievements in order to build self-esteem and confidence and to motivate our students to continue working hard both in academic subjects and in performance subjects. Success is celebrated in a wide variety of ways here at the Academy.

At the end of each term, reward assemblies are held to celebrate success.  Each department area nominates students who deserve recognition for the work and/or effort achieved for that term. These assemblies are wonderful occasions as so many students are recognised for their successes. Heads of Departments give out the certificates and members of the Senior Leadership Team attend to congratulate the students.

Excellent attendance is a key factor to student success and every term the tutor group with the best overall attendance are also rewarded during the Rewards assembly.

Throughout the year our dance, drama and music departments showcase students work in the auditorium.  These are tremendous evenings, and our students perform to a full house.

During the academic year the academy hosts an Awards Evening which aims to recognise successes in A’Level, BTEC, and GCSE courses alongside departmental and pastoral awards for students from Key Stage 3 through to Key Stage 5.  This is a very prestigious occasion which culminates in the Sir Mark Grundy Award being presented to a student who has been chosen by Sir Mark.


E-Praise is the Academy rewards system where students can earn points to make prizes. Points can be awarded from all teachers in one of the following categories:   

  • Creative thinking   
  • Independent learning  
  • Reflective learning   
  • Following academy ethos   
  • Teamwork   
  • Homework   
  • Attendance to clubs   

Students can then spend their points in the E-praise shop, where they can purchase small sweets, toys, books and academy experiences. 

Strive For Five

Strive for Five is calculated by dividing student e-praise points by their behaviour points.   

Students monitor their weekly strive for five score and set positive targets for the week ahead. Students are encouraged to strive to achieve a score of five or more to allow them the opportunity to access Academy rewards, trips and activities offered to them in their year group.