We are a group of experienced educationalists, from a variety of backgrounds, for example, headship, advisory work, and inspections, who recognised that there was a need to formally identify schools that develop their students in a way that is not currently measured by national inspection frameworks. We believe these schools do something exceptional to develop students who have World Class skills, competencies and characteristics, in order to flourish in an emerging global economy.

As a network of schools

We are World Class  learners and leaders with a  commitment to achieving  the best for our community and our best in the work-place, by acquiring a deep knowledge and understanding of our world.

Headteachers, CEOs and SLTs of World Class schools UK wide came together for the WCSQM Symposium in 2019

As secondary students we 

    • Are excellent learners dedicated to life-long   learning
    • Are exceptional leaders and organisers
    • Consistently out-perform students from similar contexts, and are  committed to continually improving our performance
    • Are active participants in our  school, local  or relevant communities

As primary pupils

Because of who we are, what we feel, and how we learn, we are World Class.

As special school pupils

We are life ready. 

Who we are

Miranda Perry, Co-director

Miranda Perry is an experienced education consultant and school improvement adviser. She works as a lead inspector for Ofsted, and leads research projects into schools for government departments, research agencies, such as Oxford University and UCL, and national bodies, such as the Medical Research Council, and the Big Lottery Fund.


Matthew O’Connor, Chair of Trustees

Matthew is a founding director of Scholé International, a school investment and management company that has owned and operated affordable schools in East and Southern Africa since 2012.

After several years in blue-chip management consultancy, he joined the UK government’s National Remodelling Team to implement Workforce Reform and Every Child Matters policy programmes in the state school sector. Since 2011, Matthew has focused on school commissioning, managing the opening of free schools and University Technical Colleges in the UK and a chain of five independent schools in Zambia. Currently, his organisation runs the Makini group of local curriculum schools in Kenya and the Kisubi schools in Uganda.

He lives in North London with his wife and two teenage children.

Alan Gray, Trustee

Alan Gray has been headteacher at World Class Sandringham School in Hertfordshire since 2005. Prior to this, he led The Hemel Hempstead School. Winner of the TES headteacher of the year award in 2017, Alan was state educated at Beaumont School in St. Albans and now leads a cross-phase Multi Academies Trust as well as Sandringham School. He supports Initial Teacher Training as chair of the Alban Federation, chairs the Alban Teaching School Alliance and has been chair of Hertfordshire’s Schools Forum since 2006. In his spare time he is a Trustee of the Saracens High School.

Dr Jerry Toner, Trustee

Dr Jerry Toner is a Fellow and Director of Studies at Churchill College, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge University.

Katy Hewin, Trustee

Katy Hewin is Head of Business Management at Columbia Threadneedle Investments.

Charitable status

In 2018 World Class Schools Quality Mark was awarded charity status in recognition of the significant benefits to state educated students that Quality Mark accreditation generates, and the positive impact of World Class status on the school, students, the wider community and state education UK wide. As a charity we work to access funding and opportunities to support schools in capitalising on their World Class status, and improve the educational, higher education and vocational opportunities for World Class students.

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