Recognising achievement and offering appropriate rewards is an important aspect of our aim to encourage every pupil to make the most of his or her individual talents. This is done in a variety of ways which include a simple 'well done', writing letters home to parents, pupils being offered positions of responsibility and a formal system of rewards. A Merit system is in place for Years 7-8, a Commendation system for Years 9-11 and a Distinction for Sixth Form. In addition, there are awards in Sport and the Arts for pupils who show outstanding ability in a particular sport or to recognise the achievements of students in Art, Drama, Music and Design and Technology. Kingswood also holds an annual prize giving ceremony at the end of the academic year in which prizes are awarded for academic achievement, effort and contributions to the wider life of the school.