About World Class Schools
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 in England to formally recognise state secondary schools that go beyond 'outstanding'. We believe passionately in efficacy of state education, and the potential of state students to compete with the best in the world.
WCSQM awards a quality mark to non-selective state schools that offer the best education to young people in the UK. Unlike other national assessment bodies, we assess the student and not the school, against a framework of skills and competencies young people need to flourish in an emerging global economy. Through unique real-life work experiences, access to a lifelong peer support network and cultural opportunities that take them beyond their local community, we give world class students the confidence to overcome socio-economic barriers to recognise and achieve their potential.
Who we are and what we do
If you are a school considering applying for World Class Schools Quality Mark accreditation, you can download this summary of who we are and what we do for more information in an easy to read and printable format.
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, Co-director
Matthew is a strategy consultant and programme director with extensive experience in the private sector and UK central government departments.
In 2004, he joined the National Remodelling Team to implement national workforce reform programmes in UK schools. This involved developing a range of school improvement programmes on behalf of the UK Training and Development Agency including industrial relations, school workforce planning and deployment, and a range of policies under the Every Child Matters agenda. During this time, Matthew was responsible for the design and delivery of national research programmes to optimise the use of resources within schools.
Since 2011, Matthew has focused on school commissioning; he is a founder of the Southwark Free School, as well as managing the opening of a range of free schools and University Technical Colleges in the UK and a chain of five independent schools in Zambia.