Bishop Ramsey joins elite secondary schools group
Academy joins the country’s best with world class award
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.”
n EXCELLENCE: (Above) Aron Harris-Powell and Ruben Logan, 12, play table tennis at Bishop Ramsey School; (below) head teacher Andrew Wilcock