The school was invited to apply for the World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM) and is one of just 12 secondary schools to have been successful in receiving the prestigious accreditation this year.
WCSQM is a UK charity that works to accredit the best non-selective state schools across the UK with the World Class quality mark accreditation. Specifically, it is concerned with developing the skills, competencies and characteristics that young people need to thrive in an ever-changing global economy. According to the charity, the starting point for applications is that schools “have a track record, data and evidence, internal and external, that indicates at their next Ofsted inspection they would be deemed ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted”.
Mr Williams said: “This is a significant achievement and we are all very proud of what it says about our school community. Particular thanks go to the students who did such a fantastic job of leading this bid.”
The students involved in the project included Ciara Bennett, Evie France, Beau Harry, Thomas Lea, Emma Parkinson and Jack Powell.
Being a WCSQM school will open up some great opportunities for both staff and students over the next few years. Having the accreditation gives the school access to the WCSQM framework that will help all students to develop and demonstrate world class skills and characteristics across areas including learning, leadership, community and the workplace.
“The values of the organisation very much align with our own in terms of working to make sure that students leave us not just with excellent academic qualifications but also as well-rounded, socially responsible young people equipped with the knowledge and skills required to thrive in the modern world”, said Mr Williams.