Buckholme Towers School and Nursery prides itself on rewarding pupils who go the extra mile, ensuring that every child is recognised for his or her individual progress. Headmaster Iain Robertson explains:

“Pupils who attend Buckholme are taught in small classes, where the environment is nurturing and expectations are high. Children learn best when they feel safe and happy, and they feel contented when their efforts are recognised and rewarded; the more regularly this occurs, the happier and more motivated they are. Children in larger classes often feel overlooked, which can in turn lead to frustration and a ‘why should I bother?’ attitude.

“At Buckholme we have a number of ways to raise pupils’ self-esteem and improve motivation. In the classroom it may be a simple thumbs up, pat on the back or a sticker in the book. We also operate a merit award system where pupils earn merits for themselves and their House. This is for achievements such as good behaviour, smart appearance, sporting accomplishments, manners and a positive contribution to the school community. At the end of term the House with the most merits is rewarded with a trip to the cinema or bowling. This promotes camaraderie and teamwork as well as motivating them to improve.
“There are merit badges and certificates presented in assemblies and recognition in the Headmaster’s weekly newsletter. Then there is the ultimate recognition, being awarded a cup at the annual end of year Speech Day and Prize Giving. Rewarding pupils in this way makes them more confident, raises self-esteem and encourages them to strive for even greater success.

“The bar is set high at Buckholme and we strongly believe that students should be regularly and fairly rewarded for their achievements, to not only celebrate children’s successes, but to also inspire and motivate them to accomplish their very best and become confident, independent learners. This vision helps to raise the already high standards and supports good behaviour. It not only encourages healthy competition amongst our pupils, but also motivates and inspires them to go above and beyond the normal expectations.”