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Our School Values & Rewards

Our School Values

Co-operation; Aspiration; Self Discipline; Respect; Resilience & Caring.

Here at Preston Hedge’s we understand that alongside ensuring that our children gain strong academic knowledge, schools should also support the wider development of our future generations, supporting the development of the skills necessary to be a positive member of society.

We believe that our 6 core values enable our children to develop and grow personally as an individual, whilst also promoting the fundamental skills and attitudes that enable them to work with and care for each other, ensuring that they are able to be a compassionate member of their local community and beyond.


We base our school reward system around the demonstration of these values at an age appropriate level in 3 different levels of reward:

Level 1 (Whole School) Class Gems – the children are awarded a specific class gem when they demonstrate a school Value during the day. For example, a child could earn a Respect gem if they are seen holding a door for another pupil/an adult. Or, a resilience gem if they are seen to work through a particularly difficult question for them in class. These are often awarded in line with the school’s expectations of behaviour and attitude to learning and are used to fill class jars. Once filled, the whole class get a reward for demonstrating their Values consistently as a group. The children have enjoyed earning their gems so far and many classes have already filled jars!

Level 2 (Whole School): Values Stickers – we award children with Values stickers when they demonstrate a Value in a way that stands out to an adult as above and beyond the school expectations – these can be one-off occasions and don’t require to be demonstrated ‘over time’. The children will always be able to earn stickers, and they can earn the same sticker multiple times (unlike the badges).

Level 3 (Reception to Year 2): Values Certificates –  In EYFS, Y1 & 2, children gain certificates when they have attained smiley face rewards for showing these values.

Level 3 (Year 3 – 6): Values Badges – our Values Badges are awarded when children demonstrate a school Value in an exceptional way. This often means they demonstrate it over a long period of time, in a way that shows they are an ambassador of that Value as it is a consistent approach/behaviour. Children with these badges can be seen as role models to other children who wish to earn that badge. In this way, Values Badges often take a long time to acquire and it is usual for children to still be earning their badges in Year 6.

Here are some examples of the kind of ways a child might earn a values badge:





Worked or played exceptionally well with others in school (class or playground) or in after school club – co-operating with others and taking into account differing viewpoints. Pupils should demonstrate this value consistently over time.

This value is nominated by teachers or after school club staff.

Fulfilling an aspiration – created by the children themselves at the beginning of the year.  Children can nominate themselves when they can show that this is fulfilled. Exceptional focus and commitment to learning over time (nominated by teacher).


Commitment shown over a prolonged time to out of school sports training sessions. Children can nominate themselves for this, with acknowledgement provided of the child’s commitment by the sports coach.




A nomination from a teacher or peers about their polite & respectful approach towards others in all that they do.


Recovering from an operation, illness or a difficult time in school or at home. Children and parents can nominate for this.


Responding to adversity or challenges in learning over a sustained period to achieve a positive outcome. Teachers to nominate.

Charity based work, for example a sponsored activity to raise money. Children can nominate themselves for this value with evidence of their charity work.


Exceptional compassion shown towards the school or local community over a sustained period.  Teachers and children can nominate themselves for this value reward.

The values and their colours are shown below:

Red Aspiration
Green Caring
White Resilience
Blue Self-discipline
Yellow Co-operation
Orange Respect


Golden Ties

Golden ties are awarded annually to a boy and girl in each class between Years 3 and 6. These children  are nominated by their Class Teacher as having represented the school values extremely well & consistently across the year.  It is not a reflection of the children who have performed the best,  but who have most impressed their teachers throughout the year.

The children receive their golden ties in a special assembly, and can wear their golden tie for the full academic year, demonstrating their role model status.

This is all part of our wider philosophy around Behaviour and Fundamental Values.  Our policy is in the policy section of the website.