School Update (4th April 2020)

We are currently recruiting for a number of roles for September 2020. Please visit our virtual recruitment page for details of the exciting positions that we have and for further details on the virtual application process

Dear Parents/ Carers, we have now come to the end of what has been a challenging term for all. During the Spring break Ark Boulton will continue to support our families and are available to be contacted through our email: Please continue to monitor your SMS messages and post as these we will be our primary methods of contact in the coming weeks. Our teachers are working to ensure that the website is continually updated with new learning content and we will be sending further guidance in time for the new term. We recently sent a text message with a link to a short survey regarding access to online materials at home. Please complete this so that we are able to support and tailor the resources we provide. Finally, we must continue to show our support for NHS and all other keyworkers who continue to serve on the frontline, by staying indoors and practicing social distancing should you need to go out.

As you are no doubt aware Year 11s will not be sitting formal GCSE examinations this Summer. We are currently receiving guidance from Ofqual on how grades will be attained by students. We will, of course update our Year 11 families and parents as soon as we have definitive details.

Please click here if you need any additional information regarding free school meals.

We all have our part to play in helping to stop the spread of Coronavirus. This means we must stay at home to protect the NHS and help save lives. Please continue to follow health guidance from the NHS and the Government.

Thank you to everyone for your understanding during these challenging times and a heartfelt thanks to our NHS and key workers who are working so hard to look after us all.

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Rewards and Appreciations

Details about our approach to rewards and sanctions are detailed in our behaviour policy.

Student Acknowlegement and Praise 

We want students to be motivated by the intrinsic value of achievement, however, we are committed to acknowledging students for developing good learning habits. Students will be told individually and collectively (as a teaching group, form group or year group) when they have met the academy standards for good behaviour. We want them and their parents to know how they are doing what is expected of them. Good behaviour will be recognised both informally and formally.

  • Attitude to Learning – ‘Leading the Way.’
  • Postcards.
  • Student Appreciation Weeks.
  • Weekly Year Assemblies.
  • Half termly Year Assemblies.
  • Termly Achievement Assemblies.
  • Annual Awards.
  • Student Leadership.


Weekly Recognition and Appreciation

Each week form tutors review attendance, behaviour and (where appropriate) progress data with tutees as part of the regualr programe of form time activities.  As part fo this weeky review students are acknowledged and praised based on their attendance, attitude and conduct based on the previous week and merits are awarded as appropriate.

Ark Boulton Merit  
Attendance Merit Awarded weekly by tutors to those students who have maintained perfect attendance during the preceding week.
Discipline Merit Awarded weekly by tutors to those students who have demonstrated outstanding conduct and attitude to learning in the preceding week by having no negative behaviour incidents.
Service Merit  Awarded by staff when a student has undertaken service to peers, the academy or the community.  E.g. Performance in an academy production, represented the academy externally, worked to improve the academy environment, provided help and support to a peer.
Merit Awarded at the discretion of staff to those students who have exceeded expectations in terms of conduct or standards.

The form of the term award is largely informed by an aggregation of attendance, discipline and service merits.

Hard copies of all policy documents are available upon request from the academy reception.