WCSQM Associates are exemplary World Class practitioners who share a passion for supporting students to interpret what World Class means for them. Our network of Associates is led by Danielle Finlay, senior leader at Sandringham School.

Find out more about the WCSQM Associate role, the benefits for yourself and your students, and how to join.

Our network of WCSQM Associates

Danielle Finlay, Associate Lead

Danielle Finlay is an experienced senior leader who is currently leading on ‘World Class’ at one of our lead schools, Sandringham. Having worked in driving school improvement in primary and secondary schools, Danielle is passionate about redefining the perception of ‘World Class’ standards, and ensuring that being ‘World Class’ is a vehicle for improvement in all areas of school life. Embedding understanding of being ‘World Class’ at a student, staff and leadership level is paramount in creating a thriving and innovative culture for continuous school improvement in order to sustainably create the best education for the young people that we serve.



Halena Tovey, President Kennedy School

Halena Tovey is an English teacher at President Kennedy School in Coventry, the school which she attended herself during her adolescence. She completed her undergraduate BA in English at the University of Birmingham before moving onto completing her PGCE qualification at the University of Warwick. Halena was introduced to the WCSQM organisation in her training year, where she managed the annual essay writing competition and led one of her students to victory. Since then, Halena has been an active member of the charity. Above all, Halena believes that every student, no matter their context or circumstances, should have access to World Class opportunities, and that inclusion should be at the heart of everything we do as educators. The mission is to build brighter futures for students, focusing on their present, regardless of their past.


Caroline Sehested, St Anne's Catholic High School for GirlsCaroline Sehested, St Anne’s Catholic High School for Girls

Caroline is a Lead Practitioner of KS4 at St. Anne’s Catholic High School for Girls. She is leading on World Class in her school and has supported students in successfully gaining the WCSQM. Caroline is Danish and spent the first 6 years of her career teaching in Denmark with additional responsibilities as a union representative and staff governor. Since arriving in the UK 8 years ago, she has worked in an East London school, taken an MA in Education Policy at King’s College where she achieved a distinction for her dissertation and is now at St Anne’s where she is a part of an extended SLT.



Ellen McHugh, St Albans Girls’ School

Ellen currently is working at the World Class St Albans Girls’ School (STAGS) as an Assistant Head Teacher for Personal Development and Enterprise.  She was part of the team that led the school through its first WCSQM assessment and has since then been the lead for World Class at the school taking it through a successful re-accreditation.  Ellen is a WCSQM Assessor and has encouraged a number of STAGS students to become Student Assessors over the past few years.  As a lead for both World Class and Personal Development, she  is able to not only promote whole school World Class initiatives but it also enables her colleagues to see the correlation between utilising the World Class Learner characteristics and the schools’ provision of a breadth of curriculum opportunities for STAGS students.


Mary Green, Babington Academy

Mary Green is Assistant Principal at Babington Academy in Leicester and is leading on WCSQM as part of her responsibility portfolio for Personal Development and Pupil Premium. Having graduated from University College London, Mary gained over 15 years’ experience of teaching and leadership in inner city schools in the East Midlands and Essex. She achieved an MA in Teaching and Learning from Leicester University and is a Specialist Leader in Education for Geography. She passionately believes in equity for all students regardless of background, enabling all to reach their full potential.

Michelle Morgan, King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy

Michelle Morgan is the Director of Student Character and Personal Development at King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy as part of the Extended Leadership Team.  Michelle truly believes that all students have the potential to be World Class, and that all students can achieve their full potential regardless of their background or starting points.   She has led a team of exceptional World Class Ambassadors to successfully achieve the prestigious World Class School Quality Mark in 2021.  Michelle is dedicated to ensuring that all students have access to World Class opportunities so they can access unique experiences beyond the classroom environment to allow them to thrive in an ever-changing world.   Our Values are Scholarship – Character – Community.


Aimee King, Sedgefield Community College

Aimee is an Assistant Headteacher at Sedgefield Community College, County Durham.  She is responsible for raising students’ aspirations and as part of this role, she leads on the World Class Schools programme.  Aimee led a group of outstanding students to achieve World Class School status in 2019 and is coordinating the school’s reaccreditation for 2022.  Aimee is passionate about equality of opportunity for all students – she believes that students’ engagement with ‘World Class’ initiatives empowers them to make inspired choices and be better prepared for their lives beyond school.



Dan Hazlehurst, Hayes School

Dan is an Assistant Principal, who is currently supporting the World Class initiatives at Hayes Secondary School in Bromley. His 15 year career has carried a variety of responsibilities, but the principle of furthering every child’s life chances has been entrenched in his work throughout. It is perhaps though, whilst developing the Careers programme, that Dan has seen the value of an explicit benchmark for skills, characteristics and competencies and inspiring students to aim towards them. He is keen to explore how world-class initiatives and ‘student voice’ could foster exciting opportunities for subjects to embellish their curriculum.

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