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World Class Schools Essay Writing Competition - 2016 Winners Announced

Accredited World Class School students automatically qualify for the inaugural WCSQM Essay Writing Competition. The competition has been established in response to feedback and suggestions received by the 2015 cohort, whose heads expressed a desire to enhance the benefits of membership through greater interaction between their students and staff.

We are delighted to announce that this year's competition was judged by Dr David Bainbridge, Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and a highly regarded writer of popular science. David's children attend the World Class County Upper School in Bury St. Edmunds, so it is fantastic to have such a respected academic essayist judging your students' submissions.

The award

The winners received the WCSQM Essay Award trophy. There are honourable mentions for outstanding submissions.

The challenge

As a highly regarded scientist, successful popular science author, David wanted essayists to focus on a particular area of interest for him, which should excite the minds of your students:

What evidence do we have that teenagers' brains are different from adults' brains? Briefly, why do you think teenagers might need brains which work differently?

The output

The competition received significant interest from World Class schools and their students, culminating in 29 outstanding submissions received by the judging panel before the deadline in September.

Led by Robin Kemp, Able and Talented Coordinator at County Upper School, members of the school's science faculty produced a long list of 16 essays against criteria provided by Dr. Bainbridge. These were submitted to external adjudicators Dr Evan Reid, a geneticist at the University of Cambridge and Dr Mark Stevens, a plant scientist working for the British Beet Research Organisation to ensure an impartial shortlisting process. They, in turn, submitted the final short list of 10 essays to Dr. Bainbridge for the winners' decision.

The competition generated such significant interest that it will become an annual event. Dr Reid was so impressed by the quality of submissions that he has put in a request to set the question next year.

The shortlisted essays can be downloaded here.

Dr Bainbridge remarked:

I was extremely impressed by the standard of what I read. The participants showed a remarkable ability to gather information from a wide variety of primary sources, and to craft it into clear, structured scientific arguments which were also fun to read!

Dr. Bainbridge scored each essay for clarity, sources, content, argument and impact. He noted that the field was very 'flat' with scores ranging from 24-33 in total, reflecting the extremely high quality of entries.

The final 10 essayists in alphabetical order are as follows:

  • Sasha Brealey - Alexandra Park School
  • Sebastian Clarke-Leeser - Wren Academy
  • Maiya Dhinsa - Finham Park School
  • Clare Hole - Bury St Edmunds County Upper School
  • Sukie Jenkins - Clapton Girls' Academy
  • Kristen Kemp-Robertson - Sandringham School
  • Lola McAuley - Alexandra Park School
  • Chizute Ogbedeh - Darrick Wood School
  • Seeta PatelClaremont High School
  • Jack Peacock - Sandringham School

The winners announced by Dr. Bainbridge at the World Class Schools 2016 award ceremony in December are

  • Sasha Brealey - Alexandra Park School
  • Sebastian Clarke-Leeser - Wren Academy
  • Clare Hole - Bury St Edmunds County Upper School

World Class Schools Quality Mark - 2016 Winners Announced

The World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM) has today named the latest group of schools to have successfully completed the accreditation process to be awarded the status World Class.

Now in its third year of accreditation, WCSQM has awarded the mark to a further 17 non-selective state secondary schools from around the country. Each of these schools has demonstrated that they far exceed the highest Ofsted inspection grade, and have successfully undertaken the rigorous WCSQM assessment process to demonstrate that they are a class apart.

The WCSQM process requires schools to provide students capable of compiling comprehensive evidence in support of their application. All applicant schools must exceed a challenging threshold in their Key Stage 4 performance before being invited to apply. Their own students must then develop a compelling case for accreditation through detailed auditing of their school's capabilities, video submissions in support of their application, and participation in an assessment centre event, at which their performances are assessed against a rigorous framework.

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. WCSQM believe that if the school is truly World Class, then its students should be able to demonstrate this in whatever context they find themselves. The award is supported by a range of local and national businesses, further and higher education providers, and parent organisations that are interested in which schools nationally are the best at developing young people to succeed in the burgeoning global economy.

This year, the assessment centre event took place at Wren Academy Primary Phase in Barnet, north London, part of the already World Class Wren Academy. As part of the assessment, the 51 potential World Class students were required to complete a social responsibility project and bring about genuine, positive transformation.

Louisa Taylor, head teacher at Wren Academy Primary, said:

I was delighted by what the World Class students achieved in our primary phase. To transform the school to such an extent is a testament to their skill and commitment. What a great day.

Announcing the awards, Miranda Perry, co-director of WCSQM said:

The Mark is about recognising how well the top secondary schools in the country prepare their students to thrive in the 21st century. We are confident that our awarded schools provide their students with the best life chances possible. This year, we're particularly pleased to have been able to expand the geographical reach of the network with our first schools from the Yorks and Humber, South West and North East regions. We are a national organisation and keen to continue our growth across the country.

The official award ceremony will take place in in December at the World Class St. Bart's Hospital in central London, with Cambridge academic and noted science writer, Dr. David Bainbridge officiating.

Notes

Media contact: Miranda Perry

Co-director: WCSQM

Tel: 07931755129

miranda.perry@worldclass-schools.org

www.worldclass-schools.org

St. Albans and Harpenden Review

March 2015

See the original article at http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/11826844.print/

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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