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WCSQM Symposium 9th July, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, London

World Class Schools' leaders and pupils will come together from around the UK for our annual Symposium, this year hosted by the outstanding Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, in Islington.

Our flagship annual event provides the headteachers and senior leaders of our partner schools with a unique opportunity to share groundbreaking and innovative ideas and World Class initiatives, and our keynote talks and workshops give World Class pupils and staff an impactful networking and learning opportunity.

With the on-the-day event management provided by World Class Alumni pupils from our partner schools, our Symposium is a key event run by pupils to enhance the World Class education offered by their schools, and provide networking and work experience that will prove invaluable when making the transition from school to the workplace.

The event is open to all WCSQM schools. Contact us to book your place.

World Class students celebrated at the WCSQM Award Ceremony

On 7th December 2017, Churchill College, Cambridge University hosted the annual WCSQM Award Ceremony. 180 staff and students from 32 World Class schools throughout the UK came together to celebrate their students' World Class achievements in 2017. For 16 schools, this was a ceremony to award them the World Class Schools Quality Mark accreditation, after making it through to the final assessment stage last month.

Overall achievement shortlist

16 of the 20 OFSTED Outstanding schools from across England applying for World Class status this year, were delighted to hear that they had passed the extremely demanding assessment process, undertaken by their students over the course of the year, which culminated in a challenging assessment day on 29th November.

We feel now that, after this process, every student involved can go on and do something World Class in their future.

World Class Student Adam Carter, UTC Reading

Throughout the process, the award assesses whether students are World Class, against a skills and competency framework unique to organisations, because it measures young people's readiness for the world of work and life in the 21st century.

Shortlisted essayists

The students this year were the best there has ever been. As a student who has gone through the process myself, it makes me want to up my game.

Teddy Thompson, Student Qualified Assessor, The Farnley Academy

WCSQM is all about the students. The assessment is of the students not the school, and students who have already achieved World Class status can train as assessors for the Mark. This year,18 students from current World Class schools received their World Class Assessor Qualification at the Award Ceremony

It has been fascinating training up students as assessors. It has helped them develop highly refined skills of analysis and evaluation, which will be invaluable in the world beyond school.

Roz Webb, Qualified Assessor

Special mentions were given to this year's shortlisted essayists - students entering the annual World Class Schools' essay writing competition, and for the first time, to students nominated for an 'Overall Achievement Award', recognising their outstanding World Class skills and contributions.

Qualified assessors

Congratulations go to Ella O'Loughlin, a student at Bishop Ramsey School in Ruislip, for winning the Essay Writing Competition, and to Elif Karanis, Year 13 student at Chelsea Academy, who went home with the Overall Achievement Award. Benji Watkins, Year 13 student from Sandringham School, St Albans, got a special mention for his World Class services to the organisation.

The short-listed essayists all demonstrated those truly World Class skills of both a passion, and a limitless curiosity, for their subject.

Dr. Jerry Toner

The Award Ceremony provides a unique opportunity for World Class schools to come together to recognise and celebrate the hard work and World Class abilities of their students. Headteachers, teaching staff, parents and pupils were also given the opportunity to join a tour of the College, led by Dr. Jerry Toner, Director of Studies for Classics, who also hosted a Q&A session on the Cambridge University application process.

We say to schools, if you are truly World Class, then you need to stand back and let your students prove it. And the students at this Award Ceremony tonight have proved it.

Miranda Perry, WCSQM Director

WCSQM would like to extend a special note of thanks to Churchill College, Cambridge, for hosting the event, and to Dr. Jerry Toner for officiating. We would also like to thank all our World Class schools. We are delighted to have the opportunity to acknowledge and applaud everything that makes your school and students World Class.

Notes

Media contact: Miranda Perry

Director: WCSQM

World Class Schools Quality Mark is a not-for-profit organisation, with charity status pending. We are made up of some of the best non-selective secondary state schools in the country. We are an award making body, which awards schools our quality mark according to whether the schools' students can demonstrate the skills and competencies of our assessment framework.

Tel: 07931755129

miranda.perry@worldclass-schools.org

The 2017 WCSQM Accredited schools

  • Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Kent
  • Forest Gate Community School, Newham
  • Kenilworth School and Sixth Form, Kenilworth
  • King Ecgbert School, Sheffield
  • Painsley Catholic College, Cheadle
  • Parkside Academy, Willington
  • Richard Challoner School, Kingston
  • Riddlesdown Collegiate, London
  • Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry
  • St Mary's College, Hull
  • St Marylebone School, Marylebone
  • The Green School, Isleworth
  • The Holy Cross School, Kingston
  • UTC Reading, Reading
  • Wade Deacon School, Widnes
  • Whitburn C of E Academy, Whitburn

2017 nominees for the World Class Achievement Award

  • Benji Watkins, Sandringham School
  • Tanyaradzwa Dhliwayo, Chelsea Academy
  • Elif Karanis, Chelsea Academy
  • Titus Takyi-Adarkwa, Chelsea Academy
  • Ayo Oladeru, Clapton Girls' Academy
  • Emily Turner, Clapton Girls' Academy

The 2017 Essay Writing competition shortlist

  • Naomi Calvert, Beckfoot School
  • Ella O'Loughlin, Bishop Ramsey School
  • Millie Perry, Bury St. Edmunds County High
  • Lauryn Foster, Clapton Girls' Academy
  • Iga Jasinska, Finham Park School
  • Lucy Ryder, Ivybridge Community College
  • Eesha Gupta, President Kennedy School
  • Abigail Stewart, Sandringham School
  • Edie Kenningham Smith, St Albans Girls' School
  • Cameron Thompson, Wren Academy
  • Hafsa Mohammed, Clapton Girls' Academy
  • Shaimae Bakouh, Clapton Girls' School
  • Alexander Maislin, Hayes School
  • Daisy Mills, Hayes School
  • Emily Lawrence, Hayes School
  • Cora-Jane Jordon, Hayes School

2017 Qualifying Assessors

  • Ben Conroy, Ivybridge Community College
  • Richard Northover, Holland Park School
  • Ben Tuckley, Ivybridge Community College
  • Rae Tarbox, Holland Park School
  • Hannah Doe, Ivybridge Community College
  • Kendra Chuah, Holland Park School
  • Olivia Brown, Ivybridge Community College
  • Eva Terry, Holland Park School
  • Gill Taylor, Ivybridge Community College
  • Ellen McHugh, St Albans Girls' School
  • Jonathan Dakers, Rushcliffe School
  • Lara Hall, St Albans Girls' School
  • Haider Aslam, Rushcliffe School
  • Lorna Bradford, The Farnley Academy
  • Serena Norman Thomas, Rushcliffe School
  • Maisie Credland, The Farnley Academy
  • Alison Merrills, Sir Jonathan North Community College
  • Teddy Thompson, The Farnley Academy
  • Jasmin Stokes, Sir Jonathan North Community College
  • Tom Coates, The Farnley Academy
  • Tom Darling, Beckfoot School
  • Laura Moore, The Morley Academy
  • Alexandra Wood-Tonks, Beckfoot School
  • Francisco Larez, The Morley Academy
  • Cari Street, The Morley Academy

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World Class School Quality Mark awarded to eight schools

January 2015

Today, eight UK secondary schools achieved the status of 'World-Class' according to School Inspectors. The World Class Schools Quality Mark has put each school through a rigorous accreditation programme over the last six months culminating in today's announcement.

Announcing the awards, Miranda Perry, Co-Director of World Class Schools Quality Mark, said 'We are delighted to confirm these schools' success, in recognition of the incredible hard work and dedication of their staff and the achievements of their students. They have consistently demonstrated their ability to develop world-class students able to compete and thrive anywhere in the world. We look forward to working with them to share their expertise with schools and colleges internationally.'

Ofsted - the UK's school inspectorate - classifies school performance into four grades, from 1. Outstanding to 4. Inadequate. All eight schools had already been deemed Outstanding by Ofsted and were looking for a way to demonstrate that their schools had improved beyond Grade 1 since their previous inspections.

Responding to the announcement, Alan Gray, Head Teacher of the Sandringham School in St. Albans, said 'There are occasions in life when something comes along that matches perfectly with your current thinking. The World Class Schools Quality Mark is a great example of this. We were already defining our next steps beyond 'outstanding', and 'World Class' was the obvious choice.

'Being one of the first schools to be recognised with this prestigious award is a real privilege for us, and one that we will embrace fully as an early ambassador for the programme. We hope that through this status, the quality of provision at English state schools is recognised on the World stage and supports our on-going drive to raise educational standards for all children, wherever they happen to live'.

World Class Schools Transformation

September 2014

A team of World Class students achieved the extraordinary feat of transforming the gardens of the local Islington primary school from a scene of dereliction to one of beauty.

The students, who attend the first schools ever to be awarded the prestigious World Class Schools Quality Mark, worked against the clock to make over the school's two significantly overgrown gardens, and planters, in only one day.

Working with pupils from the primary school, Winton, the secondary students achieved an absolutely miraculous transformation, worthy of any 'ground force' makeover. Reviewing their hard work, one Winton Year 5 student said, 'Working so hard and doing all of this; making our school lovely. It's all I want.'

This was not, however, a one day wonder. The World Class students completed a comprehensive sustainability report, inspired by the headteacher of Winton, Andrew Rigby, whose key to success is ensuring all improvement, even improvements in the school's garden, are sustained and meaningful, never tokenistic. 'I was very impressed by the passion and enthusiasm demonstrated by the secondary students and our primary pupils,' commented Mr Rigby. 'We are now interested in making sure the impact of their hard work is lasting.'

The good news is, as a direct result of the makeover, Winton has set up a gardening 'nurture' group, innovative in its purpose, to develop pupils' social interaction, confidence and leadership. The pupils will be able to take pride in a beautiful garden, and have experience of genuine responsibility. They will be in charge of the garden's maintenance, and consequently responsible for its success.

World Class Schools Quality Mark is a brand new quality mark that recognises state secondary schools which have gone beyond 'outstanding' and are exceptional, compared to international standards. The philosophy behind the Mark is that it is the calibre of the student which proves the calibre of the school. If the school is truly World Class then its students will be able to own and demonstrate World Class qualities regardless of context.

The makeover was part of the World Class Schools Quality Mark's unique assessment process. The World Class students were assessed on the capabilities and skills they demonstrated on taking sole responsibility for setting up the makeover, consulting with the primary school, establishing relationships with the primary pupils, and meeting the target of a complete, marvellous transformation.

World Class Schools Quality Mark first event

February 2014

The first event for the World Class Schools Quality Mark took place at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, on Thursday February 6th 2014. In attendance were the 'early adopter' World Class schools, who will be the first schools in England to be awarded the World Class Schools Quality Mark.

Welcoming the participants, Paul Chirico, Senior Tutor of Fitzwilliam College, said how pleased he was that the college was hosting the event, and how Cambridge was always interested in what makes learners outstanding.

Activities, centred around consultation on what makes a student World Class, were led by students from the 'early adopter' schools. Each head teacher was not only accompanied by a student that they deemed to be World Class, but also a parent and a business partner, interested in the World Class agenda.

Ed Newman, a parent from Wren Academy, stimulated debate with his proposal that parents want their children to develop curiosity about the world, and a respect for ethics and morality, while Jane Cornthwaite, Young Enterprise Business Adviser at Sandringham School, discussed the competencies employers most value in potential employees.

The highlight of the event was undoubtedly the extra-ordinary talent of the World Class students attending. While Harry Stone from Bury St Edmunds County Upper School impressed upon his audience the importance of students believing in themselves and having a desire to learn, Marguerite Frisby from Clapton Girls' Academy discussed with a group of head teachers the differences between a World Class school and a World Class student.

Dr Jerry Toner, Director of Studies for Classics, Churchill College Cambridge, who was treated to an impressive presentation by student Ssuuna Golooba-Mutebi, from Nower Hill High School, commented, 'I am just amazed by the confidence, professionalism, and high-level communication skills these students possess. They absolutely stole the show.'

'Early adopter' schools, who will be awarded the Quality Mark later this year

  • have been deemed 'outstanding' by Ofsted
  • are outstanding with regard to a specific context, for example, regionally, or within a given specialism
  • in comparison to national averages, have a track record of outstanding pupil achievement at Key Stage 4
  • develop World Class students in ways that are ground-breaking
  • represent a diversity of outstanding provision nationally
  • demonstrate a commitment to bringing about improvement through partnership.

Media contact: Miranda Perry

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Notes: 'Early adopter' schools

  • Ashcroft High School, Luton
    • Head teacher: Monica Austin
    • Student: Matthew Hall
  • Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust, Suffolk
    • Head teacher: Vicky Neale
    • Student: Harry Stone
  • Clapton Girls' Academy, Hackney
    • Head teacher: Cheryl Day
    • Student: Marguerite Frisby
  • Claremont High School Academy, Middlesex
    • Head teacher: Terry Malloy
    • Students: Amar Shan, Sriluxmi Srimurgan
  • Nower Hill High School, Middlesex
    • Head teacher: Chris Livesey
    • Student: Ssuuna Golooba-Mutebi
  • Sandringham School, Hertfordshire
    • Head teacher: Alan Gray
    • Student: James Riding
  • The Forest Academy - Beal High School, Redbridge
    • Executive head teacher: Sue Snowden
    • Head teacher: Will Thompson
  • Wren Academy, Barnet
    • Head teacher: Michael Whitworth
    • Student: Fred Newman

06/02/14 Consultation Event - What constitutes a World Class student?

Consultation Event Venue: Fitzwilliam College Time: 9.30am - 1.00pm

Consulting on:what constitutes a World Class student.Date: February 6th 2014
Venue:Fitzwilliam College
CB3 0DG
The Reddaway Room
Cambridge
Time: 9.30am - 1.00pm
Directions:http://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/about/location

Please use either car park, and report to the porter's lodge.

Agenda

TIMEAGENDALED BY
9.30am Welcome to Fitzwilliam College Dr Paul Chirico Senior Tutor
Fitzwilliam College
9.35am Welcome to the World Class Schools Quality Mark Miranda Perry
WCSQM
9.45am

Presentations in response to the question 'What makes a World Class student?' from:

  • Dr Jerry Toner, Director of Studies Classics,ChurchillCollege
  • Ed Newman, Parent, WrenAcademy
  • Jane Cornthwaite, Young Enterprise Business Adviser, SandringhamSchool
10.15am

Consultation activity 1*

In response to the Quality Mark's definition of a World Class student, groups consider what constitutes World Class.

Groups: school specific, plus guests

Group facilitator: student.

10.45am Students present their school's responses from activity 1 to role specific groups Groups: role specific - headteachers, non-education sector partners, parents, guests
11.00am Coffee
11.20am Presentation and questions - the Quality Mark's model of operation Miranda Perry
11.40am Presentations from attending World Class students* What influences from your school have helped develop you into World Class students?
12.10pm Questions and answers
12.30pm Closing speech Miranda Perry

N.B. We will be taking photographs at this event for our website. We will not be taking photographs of students individually and identifying them on the website.

* Joining Instructions: Students

We are delighted that you can come to the consultation event. As you can see from the agenda, you have a big part to play.

10.15am

Consultation activity 1

In response to the Quality Mark's definition of a World Class student, groups consider what constitutes World Class.

Groups: school specific

Group facilitator: student.

For this part of the activity, you will be working in your school groups, with the headteacher, parent, and non-education sector representative, and possibly a guest. You will be facilitating the activity.

Your group will be given an enlarged version of the materials for activity 1, which are enclosed, and which are a draft framework for what makes a World Class student.

Your task as a group will be to consider the draft framework and see what you think of it. You will be given these prompts to do this:

  • prioritise
  • amend
  • add
  • subtract

You don't have to use them.

As a facilitator you need to

  • keep your group on task
  • keep to time
  • make sure everybody's ideas are captured in a way that you can use for the next activity and hand in to us at the end of the event
  • be in a position to feedback your responses to the next group.

You will have a flip chart and pen to use for this part of the activity if you want to.

You have half an hour for this part of the activity.

10.45am

present their school's responses from activity 1 to role specific groups

Groups: role specific - headteachers, non-education sector partners, parents, guests

For this part of the activity, you will stay where you are. Role specific groups will come to you. They could be a group of head teachers, non-education sector partners, parents, or guests at the event.

Your task will be to

  • feed back to this new group on the responses from the first part of the activity.
  • answer any questions.
  • capture the questions and answers in some way that can be handed in to us at the end of the event.

You will have a flip chart and pen to use for this part of the activity if you want to.

You will have 15 minutes for this activity.

11.40am

Presentations from attending World Class students

What influences from your school have helped develop you into World Class students?

12.10am

Questions and answers

At 11.00am coffee time, you will adjourn with the other students to a break out room. You then have 40 minutes to prepare your presentation. You will need to

  • organise into two groups
  • plan and rehearse one presentation per group to last 10 minutes
  • consider and prepare for possible questions.

You will have a flip chart and pens to use for your presentation if you want to.

References

A Framework for Character Education - Jubilee Centre Parents' Survey

The BCC Skills and Employment Manifesto

OECD's PISA 2012

The United Kingdom Education System in Comparative Context

Nam Soo Suh, South Korean Education Minister

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

International Education - Global Growth and Prosperity

QS World University Rankings

YouGov on behalf of Duncan Lawrie Private Bank

Widening Participation in Higher Education 2013

Private School Pupils still Disproportionately Represented in Medical Colleges

State of the Nation 2013 - Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission

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