Bishop Ram­sey joins elite sec­ondary schools group

Academy joins the coun­try’s best with world class award

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Imo­gen Robin­son ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

BISHOP Ram­sey School in Ruis­lip has joined an elite club af­ter be­ing awarded the World Class Schools Qual­ity Mark (WCSQM).

The academy, in Hume Way, be­comes one of only 26 schools in the coun­try to gain the pres­ti­gious sta­tus, which is higher than the top Of­sted rat­ing.

To achieve it the school had to pass a rigourous as­sess­ment process, with pupils tak­ing the lead role in the ap­pli­ca­tion process.

Stu­dents were tasked with com­pil­ing com­pre­hen­sive ev­i­dence in sup­port of their ap­pli­ca­tion, in­clud­ing video sub­mis­sions, and par­tic­i­pate in an as­sess­ment cen­tre event, at which their per­for­mances are marked against a ‘rig­or­ous frame­work’.

Head teacher An­drew Wil­cock said: “I am hugely proud of the achieve­ments of the 13 stu­dents who rep­re­sented the school and se­cured this pres­ti­gious award.

“They worked hard and showed real in­spi­ra­tion in com­plet­ing the dif­fi­cult tasks they were set.”

It is this as­sess­ment of pupils rather than a di­rect as­sess­ment of the school it­self that makes the award dif­fer­ent.

Its cre­ators ar­gue that if a school is truly world class, its stu­dents should be able to demon­strate this in what­ever con­text they find them­selves.

The award is now in its sec­ond year of ac­cred­i­ta­tion and a fur­ther 18 state sec­ondary schools from around the coun­try were wel­comed into the fold.

Mi­randa Perry, codi­rec­tor of WCSQM, said: “The mark is about recog­nis­ing how well the top sec­ondary schools in the coun­try pre­pare their stu­dents to thrive in the 21st cen­tury. We are con­fi­dent that our awarded schools pro­vide their stu­dents with the best life pos­si­ble.”

The of­fi­cial award cer­e­mony will take place in Novem­ber in cen­tral Lon­don, led by Pro­fes­sor John Mul­lan, head of English at Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don.

To cap off a good month for the school, Bishop Ram­sey drama teacher He­len Sim­mons was short­listed for Teacher of the Year.

She at­tended the fi­nals of the Pear­son Na­tional Teach­ing Awards last week, hosted by TV his­to­rian Dan Snow.

He­len won a Sil­ver Teach­ing Award in June for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to teach­ing pro­fes­sion.

This time she was one of 64 sil­ver win­ners from the UK in the cat­e­gory of Teacher of the Year in a Sec­ondary School.

Mr Wil­cock added: “He­len is a fan­tas­tic teacher of drama, who in­spires her stu­dents to achieve be­yond their wildest dreams.”

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n EX­CEL­LENCE: (Above) Aron Har­ris-Pow­ell and Ruben Lo­gan, 12, play ta­ble ten­nis at Bishop Ram­sey School; (be­low) head teacher An­drew Wil­cock

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