Merit System

The Merit System in St. Mark’s
To promote positive behaviour St Mark’s operates a Merit System. The Merit System has been designed to encourage, reward and promote exemplary work and good behaviour. It has also been designed to give recognition to pupils who make a positive contribution to the school that may otherwise go unnoticed. Its purpose is to demonstrate to pupils that the efforts they make to do their best in the classroom, to set good example on the corridors and playgrounds and to help and assist others, whether it be fellow pupils, support staff or teachers, is greatly appreciated. The Merit System extends to all Year Groups from Year 8 to A-Level students though a different system is used for Years 8, 9 and 10 to that which is used for Years 11, 12, 13 and 14. The Merit Card System is used for Years 8, 9 and 10 while the Merit Nomination Book System is used for years 11, 12, 13 and 14.

The Merit Card System
The Merit Card System extends across the whole school year. It is split into five phases. At the end of each phase there is a special Year Group Assembly during which certificates are presented on stage to the pupils who have received most merits in their class. In addition, sports vouchers or cinema vouchers are presented to overall winners. Photographs of pupils who have received most merits are taken and displayed in the Merit Award cabinet in the school foyer. Form teachers of Year 8, 19 and 10 pupils have responsibility for nominating a Merit Prefect in their form class on a weekly basis, issuing and collecting Merit badges and ensuring that the Merit Card is returned to the general office at the end of each school day. The Form teacher issues the Merit Prefect with a Merit badge for a week.