World Class students celebrated at the WCSQM Award Ceremony

World Class students celebrated at the WCSQM Award Ceremony

On 7th December 2017, Churchill College, Cambridge University hosted the annual WCSQM Award Ceremony.

180 staff and students from 32 World Class schools throughout the UK came together to celebrate their students’ World Class achievements in 2017. For 16 schools, this was a ceremony to award them the World Class Schools Quality Mark accreditation, after making it through to the final assessment stage last month.

16 of the 20 OFSTED Outstanding schools from across England applying for World Class status this year, were delighted to hear that they had passed the extremely demanding assessment process, undertaken by their students over the course of the year, which culminated in a challenging assessment day on 29th November.

We feel now that, after this process, every student involved can go on and do something World Class in their future.

World Class Student Adam Carter, UTC Reading

Throughout the process, the award assesses whether students are World Class, against a skills and competency framework unique to organisations, because it measures young people’s readiness for the world of work and life in the 21st century.

The students this year were the best there has ever been. As a student who has gone through the process myself, it makes me want to up my game.

Teddy Thompson, Student Qualified Assessor, The Farnley Academy

WCSQM is all about the students. The assessment is of the students not the school and students who have already achieved World Class status can train as assessors for the Mark. This year,18 students from current World Class schools received their World Class Assessor Qualification at the Award Ceremony

It has been fascinating training up students as assessors. It has helped them develop highly refined skills of analysis and evaluation, which will be invaluable in the world beyond school.

Roz Webb, Qualified Assessor

Special mentions were given to this year’s shortlisted essayists – students entering the annual World Class Schools’ essay writing competition and for the first time, to students nominated for an ‘Overall Achievement Award’, recognising their outstanding World Class skills and contributions.

Congratulations go to Ella O’Loughlin, a student at Bishop Ramsey School in Ruislip, for winning the Essay Writing Competition and to Elif Karanis, Year 13 student at Chelsea Academy, who went home with the Overall Achievement Award. Benji Watkins, Year 13 student from Sandringham School, St Albans, got a special mention for his World Class services to the organisation.

The short-listed essayists all demonstrated those truly World Class skills of both a passion and a limitless curiosity, for their subject.

Dr. Jerry Toner

The Award Ceremony provides a unique opportunity for World Class schools to come together to recognise and celebrate the hard work and World Class abilities of their students. Headteachers, teaching staff, parents and pupils were also given the opportunity to join a tour of the College, led by Dr. Jerry Toner, Director of Studies for Classics, who also hosted a Q&A session on the Cambridge University application process.

We say to schools, if you are truly World Class, then you need to stand back and let your students prove it. And the students at this Award Ceremony tonight have proved it.

Miranda Perry, WCSQM Director

WCSQM would like to extend a special note of thanks to Churchill College, Cambridge, for hosting the event and to Dr. Jerry Toner for officiating. We would also like to thank all our World Class schools. We are delighted to have the opportunity to acknowledge and applaud everything that makes your school and students World Class.


Media contact: Miranda Perry

Director: WCSQM

World Class Schools Quality Mark is a not-for-profit organisation, with charity status pending. We are made up of some of the best non-selective secondary state schools in the country. We are an award making body, which awards schools our quality mark according to whether the schools’ students can demonstrate the skills and competencies of our assessment framework.

Tel: 07931755129

The 2017 WCSQM Accredited schools

  • Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Kent
  • Forest Gate Community School, Newham
  • Kenilworth School and Sixth Form, Kenilworth
  • King Ecgbert School, Sheffield
  • Painsley Catholic College, Cheadle
  • Parkside Academy, Willington
  • Richard Challoner School, Kingston
  • Riddlesdown Collegiate, London
  • Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry
  • St Mary’s College, Hull
  • St Marylebone School, Marylebone
  • The Green School, Isleworth
  • The Holy Cross School, Kingston
  • UTC Reading, Reading
  • Wade Deacon School, Widnes
  • Whitburn C of E Academy, Whitburn

2017 nominees for the World Class Achievement Award

  • Benji Watkins, Sandringham School
  • Tanyaradzwa Dhliwayo, Chelsea Academy
  • Elif Karanis, Chelsea Academy
  • Titus Takyi-Adarkwa, Chelsea Academy
  • Ayo Oladeru, Clapton Girls’ Academy
  • Emily Turner, Clapton Girls’ Academy

The 2017 Essay Writing competition shortlist

  • Naomi Calvert, Beckfoot School
  • Ella O’Loughlin, Bishop Ramsey School
  • Millie Perry, Bury St. Edmunds County High
  • Lauryn Foster, Clapton Girls’ Academy
  • Iga Jasinska, Finham Park School
  • Lucy Ryder, Ivybridge Community College
  • Eesha Gupta, President Kennedy School
  • Abigail Stewart, Sandringham School
  • Edie Kenningham Smith, St Albans Girls’ School
  • Cameron Thompson, Wren Academy
  • Hafsa Mohammed, Clapton Girls’ Academy
  • Shaimae Bakouh, Clapton Girls’ School
  • Alexander Maislin, Hayes School
  • Daisy Mills, Hayes School
  • Emily Lawrence, Hayes School
  • Cora-Jane Jordon, Hayes School

2017 Qualifying Assessors

  • Ben Conroy, Ivybridge Community College
  • Richard Northover, Holland Park School
  • Ben Tuckley, Ivybridge Community College
  • Rae Tarbox, Holland Park School
  • Hannah Doe, Ivybridge Community College
  • Kendra Chuah, Holland Park School
  • Olivia Brown, Ivybridge Community College
  • Eva Terry, Holland Park School
  • Gill Taylor, Ivybridge Community College
  • Ellen McHugh, St Albans Girls’ School
  • Jonathan Dakers, Rushcliffe School
  • Lara Hall, St Albans Girls’ School
  • Haider Aslam, Rushcliffe School
  • Lorna Bradford, The Farnley Academy
  • Serena Norman Thomas, Rushcliffe School
  • Maisie Credland, The Farnley Academy
  • Alison Merrills, Sir Jonathan North Community College
  • Teddy Thompson, The Farnley Academy
  • Jasmin Stokes, Sir Jonathan North Community College
  • Tom Coates, The Farnley Academy
  • Tom Darling, Beckfoot School
  • Laura Moore, The Morley Academy
  • Alexandra Wood-Tonks, Beckfoot School
  • Francisco Larez, The Morley Academy
  • Cari Street, The Morley Academy

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