Every student collects Reward / WOW points throughout the academic year as individuals or as a team within their tutor groups and subject lessons as well as behaviour inside and outside of the classroom for effort, achievement and progress which is recorded in their Hetton School planner. At each milestone student’s receive certificates which are sent home to acknowledge their achievements.



  • 3 AtL points = 1 WOW point
  • 95-99% Attendance all week = AtL points = 1 WOW point
  • 100% Attendance all week = 9 AtL points = 3 WOW points
  • 3 AtL points from SLT Motivation Lead = 1 WOW point
  • 3 AtL point HT for Exceptional Progress = 1 WOW point


  • 50 WOW points = Bronze Award
  • 100 WOW points = Silver Award
  • 150 WOW points = Gold Award
  • 200 WOW points = Platinum Award
  • 300 WOW points = Certificate of Achievement Award
  • 400 WOW points = Outstanding Achievement Award
  • 500 WOW points = Exceptional Achievement Award
  • 600 WOW points = Senior Leader Award
  • 700 WOW points = Senior Leader Outstanding Award
  • 800 WOW points = Senior Leader Exceptional Award
  • 900 WOW points = Governor’s Award
  • 1000 WOW points = Governor’s Award for Outstanding Award
  • 1100 WOW points = Governor’s Award for Exceptional Award
  • 1200 WOW points = Assistant Head Teacher Award
  • 1300 WOW points = Assistant Head Teacher Outstanding Award
  • 1400 WOW points = Assistant Head Teacher Exceptional Award
  • 1500 WOW points = Head Teacher Award
  • 1600 WOW points = Head Teacher Outstanding Award
  • 1700 WOW points = Head Teacher Exceptional Award

Achievement rewards trip: 

Each year it is our intention to provide achievement rewards trips which students can choose to participate in. WOW points are used to offset the monetary contribution a student must make to participate in the trip.  The cost for the individual student depends on the WOW points acquired throughout the year and the criteria below.  We include all students but reward those who go the extra mile. 

Award for Excellent AcheivementAward for Outstanding Achievement Award for Exceptional Achievement
Attendance96% +98% +100%
WOW points400600900
Negative Behaviour pointsFewer than 20Fewer than 100
IsolationNo time in isolationNo time in isolationNo time in isolation
ExclusionNo ExclusionsNo ExclusionsNo Exclusions
Rewards60% reduction towards rewards trip
80% reduction towards rewards trip
FREE reduction towards rewards trip

We constantly look to reward our students for their efforts and hard work through: 

  • Weekly through assemblies  
  • Half term / term celebration events 
  • Yearly awards evenings 

“My eldest son left school in 2007 so there was never any question of which school my youngest would attend in 2012. However, what a huge difference I’ve found in the school from then until now. The school is very well led with the Head being a major presence, the staff are very well respected, approachable and helpful at all levels. Examination results continue to improve which is fantastic. Pupil moral is great with reward schemes, extra-curricular activities and school excursions open to all.”

Parent of Year 8 Student

"Parents and carers are broadly supportive of the school and its new leadership. They feel that their children are well cared for and supported"

Ofsted Quote

“As parents, we are always impressed with the way in which Hetton School staff listen to comments or concerns, and act quickly and effectively, particularly when relating to pupil progress and wellbeing. There’s a good community feeling. Hetton School has good systems in place to support students’ individual attainment. It offers good opportunities outside of the school day for pupils to progress further. We’re well aware that standards and results at Hetton School have risen in recent years and continue to do so.”

Parent of Year 7 and 10 Student

"Pupils are proud of their school and its caring, tolerant ethos".

Ofsted Quote

“I am very pleased with the pastoral support. Hetton School value the opinion of students and this can only help to build self-confidence into adulthood.”

Parent of Year 10 Student

"The quality of leadership and teaching in the local authority resource provision for pupils who have speech and language difficulties enables pupils to make strong progress".

Ofsted Quote

“I have been very impressed with how well my daughter has settled into Hetton School. She has made some very good friends, gets on well with her form tutor, enjoys her lessons and has made good academic progress. The school keeps me up-to-date with how she is doing and acknowledges when she has done something of particular merit. The Parents Forum gives us a voice to bring up any issues that arise and for the school to ask our opinion also. I would definitely recommend Hetton School to any prospective pupil or parent, and with a new build coming, Hetton will finally have the building this good school deserves.”

Parent of Year 8 Student
Tyne and Wear School Sports Alliance
Triple P
The FA Charter Mark
Sunderland Mental Health Charter Mark
Sunderland Anti Bullying Charter
STEM Ambassadors Logo
Sunderland Active Gold Standard
Foundation of Light
DFE 2016 Character Charter

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