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Bishop Ramsey a 'World Class School'
Bishop Ramsey named as a 'World Class School'
In October 2015 the World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM) named the latest batch of schools to have successfully completed the accreditation process to be awarded the status World Class. Bishop Ramsey School is one of these schools.
Now in its second year of accreditation, WCSQM has awarded the mark to a further 18 state secondary schools from around the country. Each of these schools have 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 participate. Their own students must then develop a compelling case for approval through detailed auditing of their school's capabilities, video submissions in support of their application, and participate 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. 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. The award is supported by a range of local and national business, further and higher education, and parent organisations who 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 Foulds School in Barnet, north London, an outstanding primary school. As part of the assessment, the 60 potential World Class students were required to complete a social responsibility project and bring about genuine, positive transformation. Head teacher at Foulds, Helen Browett, said ‘The assessment centre day was fabulous from start to end. The prospective World Class students were extraordinarily impressive, unfailingly polite, patient and creative. Our playground environment is now significantly improved thanks to the hard work of everyone involved.’
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.’
Headteacher of Bishop Ramsey, Andrew Wilcock said, ‘I am hugely proud of the achievements of the 13 students who represented the school and secured this prestigious award. They worked hard and showed real inspiration in completing the difficult tasks they were set.’
The official award ceremony will take place in November in central London, with Professor John Mullan, head of English at University College London officiating.