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7th December 2017 - WCSQM Awards Ceremony hosted by Churchill College, Cambridge University. Successful 2017 applicant schools and 2017 Essay Writing competition winners to be officially announced and awarded. Dr Jerry Toner, author and Churchill's Director of Studies in Classics, officiating.

WCSQM Assessment Centre 2017 - 16 Schools make it through to the final stage.

On 10th November 2017, The Morley Academy in Leeds, an accredited World Class school, and a member The GORSE Academies Trust, hosted the 2017 WCSQM Assessment Centre. It was the final assessment stage for the 2017 cohort of schools applying to achieve World Class Schools Quality Mark accreditation.

WCSQM Assessment Centre 2017

The award's uniqueness lies in the fact that the students are assessed with regard to whether they are World Class or not, rather than the school itself. The premise is, that if the school is truly World Class, then its students should be able to demonstrate this in whatever context they find themselves. Students are assessed against a skills and competency framework unique to World Class, because it measures young people's readiness for the world of work and life in 21st century society.

16 OFSTED Outstanding schools from across England had successfully reached this final stage in the challenging assessment process, in which three students from each school worked as part of a larger team of 48, to complete the assessment projects. This year the students were given the challenge of working together to create design concepts for The Morley Academy's planned remodeling of their 'Old Building' scheduled for 2019. They were required to carry out pre-event planning, extensive research, interviews with stakeholders and the development of a brochure, video and a final presentation to a panel of experts, including Project Manager David Yeadon, and Alex Green, energy efficiency consultant from LESS CO2. Applicant schools had the difficult challenge of identifying the three students they felt would best demonstrate their World Class skills, and the students at the event ranged from Year 8 through to Year 13, with the youngest student just 13 years old.

The Assessment Centre is the fourth stage of the rigorous application process schools follow in order to gain the coveted title of World Class. Initially, the school is recommended by another World Class school or leading educational organisation, and the school's Key Stage 4 data is assessed to test that pupils at the school make World Class progress. At the third stage the World Class students carry out an audit to identify what it is about their school that has made them World Class. The audit involves the creation of a video, 'A Week in the life of xxx School' demonstrating how the school is World Class on a day to day basis.

WCSQM Assessment Centre 2017

2017 is the fourth year of World Class Schools accreditation, and the biggest cohort of schools to apply to date. Of the 20 schools nominated for World Class accreditation this year, only 16 made it to this final stage, and now wait to hear whether their students' hard work has paid off. A team of assessors, students and staff drawn from schools who are already World Class, shadowed each applicant student during the process, and will be assessing students' performance, teamwork and materials produced against the WCSQM framework.

These are absolutely exceptional students. I was incredibly impressed by how well they worked together as a team, and the insightful questions they asked.

Jenny Makin, The Morley Academy Artist in Residence.

The calibre of the students this year was extra-ordinary. Their skills of collaboration, diplomacy, resilience and tenacity were second to none; these are incredible young people, to whom I would trust our future.

Miranda Perry, Director of WCSQM.

Successful schools will be announced and celebrated at the WCSQM Awards Ceremony, hosted by Churchill College, Cambridge University on 7th December 2017, with Dr. Jerry Toner, author and Churchill's Director of Studies in Classics officiating.

Special mention goes to...

WCSQM extended a special thanks at the event to three of their youngest qualified assessors, Elif Karanis, Tanyaradzwa Dhliyawo and Titus Takyi-Adarkwa, all students at Chelsea Academy in London. Elif, Titus and Tanya all took part in the assessment process to achieve World Class status for Chelsea Academy in 2015, and have since consistently demonstrated World Class skills and competencies through their training to become qualified assessors. They are now WCSQM's only qualified student assessors, supporting our student-led model that if students are truly World Class, they have the competence and expertise, over time, to assess each other. All three students have been shortlisted for the inaugural World Class Individual Achievement Award to be presented at the annual Award Ceremony in December, and they all qualify for founder member status of the World Class Alumni Association.

WCSQM Assessment Centre 2017

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

www.worldclass-schools.org

David Yeadon Ltd specialise in building projects within the educational sector, leading The Morley Academy's 2019 remodeling project. www.davidyeadon.com

Alex Green is the Schools Programme Manager at Ashden, delivering the LESS CO2 programme to schools across the UK, with the aim of helping them reduce their energy use and move towards a more sustainable future. www.ashden.org

The 16 schools applying for accreditation in 2017 include:

  • 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

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March 2015

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St Albans school one of first to achieve status of 'World-Class'

A school in St Albans is one of the first to achieve the status of 'World-Class', according to school inspectors.

Sandringham School in The Ridgeway has been awarded a World Class Schools Quality Mark, following a process taking nearly a year to assess the quality of work at the school.

The World Class Schools Quality Mark is the new standard in education for schools that have moved beyond outstanding.

The WCSQM provides parents, universities and businesses with what they want to know, and enhance England's internationally esteemed reputation for secondary education.

Matthew O'Connor, representing the World Class Schools Quality Mark team, formally presented senior sixth form students with their status.

As part of the assessment for the award, students and staff from the early adopter schools took part in a conference at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Selected students then had to undertake an assessment day at Winton Primary School, London.

The students were divided into teams with students from other schools, and led on a significant development of the campus at Winton Primary School throughout the day.

Students were divided into teams and had to lead the entire event. Trained assessors monitored the work of the students and judged them against strict leadership criteria.

The students who represented Sandringham were Chloe Guy, Sam Tanton and Jessica Timbs from year 12. They were outstanding ambassadors for the school and for World Class young people, and passed the assessment with flying colours.

Alan Gray, head teacher at the school 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."

Sandringham is now working with three of the other early adopter schools to develop an international portfolio and support the improvement of schools in Third World Countries.

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Herts Advertiser

March 2015

See the original article at http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/world_class_students_thrive_in_st_albans_1_3986237

World class students 'thrive' in St Albans

Sandringham School - already ranked outstanding by Ofsted - joins an elite group of UK state schools that passed the rigorous World Class Schools Quality?Mark (WCSQM) accreditation over the summer.

Headteacher Alan Gray 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."

Miranda Perry, co-director of WCSQM, said Sandringham has consistently helped develop world class students able to compete and thrive anywhere.

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East Anglian Daily Times

March 2015

See the original article at http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/schools_trust_called_world_class_1_3980242

Schools' trust called 'world class'

Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust is one of only eight organisations in the country to have been recognised with a World Class Schools Quality Mark. Inspectors went to the trust's schools, which include Horringer Court School, Westley School and County Upper School.

Headteacher of County Upper, Vicky Neale, said the trust was thrilled to have been given the award. She added: "The mark recognised that we are never complacent, always aspiring to do the very best we can for all the young people in our care and that this is reflected in the excellent standards we achieve.

"As part of a stringent assessment process, World Class Schools' assessors spent a lot of time with our students and found them to be inspirational. Our country's education system is often subject to international comparisons and we are so pleased that our trust is now officially classed as one of the very best in the world."

"Our All-Through Trust is thrilled to be one of just eight inaugural recipients of the World Class Schools Quality Mark, recognising as it does our forward-looking approach and the truly impressive all-round education it is providing for young people aged from four to 18."

Miranda Perry, co-director of the awards body, said the trust was a "truly collaborative" organisation, which is "uniquely effective" in improving the life chances of young people. She added: "They join an elite group of only eight UK schools to have successfully attained world class status and we look forward to working with them to share their expertise in schools and colleges internationally."

Bury Free Press

March 2015

See the original article at http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/local/latest-news/top-accolade-for-bury-st-edmunds-academy-trust-1-6614101

Top accolade for Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust

The Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust has become one of only eight organisations in the country to have been awarded a top accolade.

Vicky Neale, head at County Upper School, which is part of the trust, was presented with the World Class Schools Quality Mark.

The award is given to schools which have 'moved beyond' their 'outstanding' Ofsted judgement.

Mrs Neale said: "As part of a stringent assessment process, World Class Schools' assessors spent a lot of time with our students and found them to be inspirational."

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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