World Class Schools Testimonials

On the WCSQM assessment centre

From students...

WCSQM emphasises the importance of networking for today's youth.

Lara Hall, Year 13, Qualified Assessor

Seeing students who've never met each other before produce such phenomenal projects is the true meaning of World Class.

Elif Karanis, Year 13, Chair of the Alumni Association, Chelsea Academy

Seeing primary kids get confidence and boosting their skills for later in life is an amazing thing to be a part of.

Ayse Karanis, Year 11, Chelsea Academy, Shadow Assessor

WCSQM is so inclusive, and this year has just proved that. Challenging primary school children to think higher and operate above their 'age' and including special schools is just fantastic.

It's great to see students of all ages working together to achieve something so World Class.

Titus Takyi-Adarkwa, Vice Chair of the Alumni Association, Chelsea Academy

World Class Schools has shown me something outside of my school that I can be a part of and help with. I never would have imagined travelling up to Coventry or Leeds to be part of an organisation that is accrediting schools that are doing amazing things for their pupils and as a student it's really inspiring to see that schools and teachers care about us.

Tanya Dhliwayo, Year 13 Nonsuch High School for Girls, Vice Chair of WCSQM Alumni Association.

An exciting stress!

Jessica Demarco, Year 12, Shadow Assessor

I'm always worried that I'm bad with communicating but once I got into it it was fine, I was absolutely fine and really enjoyed everything.

Sam Enston, Year 12, Southam College, project manager, project 4

From schools...

Thanks so much for yesterday - our girls had an amazing day. It was a joy to watch them and all the other students work together and present - a real World Class bunch!

Caroline Carney, Media Arts Coordinator, Weatherhead High School

I am writing to congratulate you on organising the recent World Class Schools assessment event at Riverbank Academy. I really enjoyed the day and I am so glad I made the time to attend with the students. Our three ambassadors really enjoyed the event and I am sure that they, and the others involved, have benefited enormously from the process.

I think it was an inspired choice to host the event at Riverbank Academy. I was very impressed by the school – it has superb facilities and the environment is clearly really well cared for. Even more important, it has a wonderful ethos based around ensuring that every students receives the best possible start in life. In a sense that's what World Class Schools stand for – so the location directly mirrored the values that we all share – every child deserves an excellent education.

I'm very much looking forward to being part of the network.

Dominic Burke, Headteacher Balcarras School

Our students felt really challenged in the final project but absolutely loved every minute of it and had a great time in Coventry and made some lifelong friends!

Annmarie Whelan, Headteacher, Weatherhead High School

I am delighted that the experience has been positive so far for all involved.

Helen Redford-Hernandez, Headteacher, Hungerhill School

It was an unforgettable and brilliant day!

David Lisowski, Headteacher, Riverbank Academy

It was an incredible day and we felt so proud to watch all of the students stand up and talk with such confidence to such a large group! One of our students contacted me last night as he had received a wonderful email from his assessor suggesting he looks at being a shadow assessor next year! This has boosted his confidence enormously!

Thank you so much for this opportunity, it has been a very rewarding experience so far!!

Mandy Milsom, Assistant Headteacher, Southam College

The students found it to be a genuinely challenging day in Coventry and had a wonderful experience.

Amanda Wright, Seven Kings School

Thank you WCSQM, we appreciate all you have done to support our schools.

Wendy Tomes, CEO, Riverbank Academy Trust

Days like that give me hope for the world.

I thought the special school/ mainstream school mix was an absolute triumph and all the students had a steep, rewarding and powerful learning curve which they all embraced with charm and enthusiasm.

Rozamund Webb, WCSQM Qualified Assessor

On the benefits for students

The Year 13s who worked with you achieved outstanding results and Adam is presently working in Camp America where his work with WCSQM certainly made him stand out from the rest and he also achieved fantastic results.

Gill Taylor, Deputy Principal, Ivybridge Community College

On Accreditation

Thank you. It has been a very rewarding process to have gone through and we have benefited by having a large folder of evidence we can use for other things. Thanks for all your support in the process.

Georgina Ellis, Headteacher, Churchill Special Free School

Thank you for all your support during the process. It was an enjoyable experience and a lot was learned from it.

Dan Sofianos, Assistant Principal, Harris Academy Greenwich

On the WCSQM Award Ceremony

The girls had an amazing time in Cambridge, as did the staff. Thanks to you and your team for all your hard work with such a wonderful project.

Helen Kay, Senior Teacher and Head of History, The Holy Cross School, December 2017

I just wanted to extend a huge thank you to you and your team on behalf of Beckfoot. Naomi was chuffed to have been shortlisted for the final and Alex was honored to be a part of the student assessor process. Also, thank you for allowing us to bring extra students to sit in the audience. Our year 7 representative (Adam) said that he is going to 'work his socks off so that he can study at Cambridge and go on more punting tours' - he is true to his word and was in school this morning despite a 2am return to snowy Yorkshire. The other students were also inspired by your words and the words of Dr Jerry Toner.

Tom Darling, Beckfoot School

We thoroughly enjoyed the event last week and have taken a huge amount from the whole process.

Ged Fitzpatrick, Executive Headteacher, St Mary's College Hull

Our students have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of working with WCSQM and I have a plethora of students ready to take on the next set of opportunities.

Gil Taylor, Vice-principal, Ivybridge Community College

The Awards Ceremony was absolutely awesome and I have really enjoyed sharing our experience.

Jonathan Nicholls, Principal, UTC Reading, December 2017

Our award is finally up! The pride that surges through me every time I see it is unreal! Thank you @WCSQM for the incredible experience and allowing me to go on a journey that I will never forget (with some new, lifelong friends).

Alexandra Williams, 15, pupil at Wade Deacon School

On the WCSQM Symposium

Thank you for hosting the World Class Symposium yesterday. Jenny, the girls and I enjoyed it very much. The girls are inspired to take the next step towards becoming ambassadors and we have a number of ideas for doing more with Student Voice, more around mental health and more to publicise the many opportunities we offer.

Kat Pugh, Headteacher, St Marylebone School

Thanks for a great day yesterday - the two keynotes were excellent.

Alison Merrills, Principal, National Leader of Education, Sir Jonathan North Community College and Teaching School

It feels a privilege to be part of this excellent (can I use that word?!) group of schools, and I'm personally and professionally grateful for the opportunity to participate.

Kevin McDonnell, Headteacher, Stormont House School

Thank you for organising a really interesting day. Our students thoroughly enjoyed today and gained much from the experience. In truth it is a busy week in school with Curriculum Enrichment Week but this was a thought provoking and truly world class day.

Margaret Chapman, Headteacher, St Albans Girls' School

I firmly believe in the World Class network and all that it stands for. I really like the student centred approach specifically. I enjoyed my day out; it was very thought provoking. I really liked both key notes presentations. Thank you.

Chris Tomlinson, Regional Director, Harris Federation

Just wanted to say thank you for Monday - I thought it was a great day and both I and the students found it really interesting and thought-provoking. I'm sure it took a great deal of hard work so I hope you have a good summer break.

Christian Hicks, Headteacher, The Charter School

It was a super day and Grayson Perry was fantastic. It was just the sort of prestigious and challenging talk that world class students should be exposed to.

Andrew Wilcock, CEO Veritas Educational Trust (Bishop Ramsey School)

Thank you so much for an amazing symposium. Myself, Dr Airey and our student ambassadors had a great and very memorable day.

Dr L Burroughs | Assistant Head Teacher and Head of Sixth Form, Darrick Wood School

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