World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM)
Harris Academy Morden Re-awarded World Class Quality Mark accreditation 2022
On 6th July 2022, Harris Academy Morden was awarded World Class Schools Quality Mark re-accreditation at an Awards Ceremony at St Marylebone School, having successfully passed a rigorous student-led assessment process to prove they have consistently maintained a World Class standard of education since their last accreditation assessment two years ago. The Quality Mark is awarded by the education charity World Class Schools Quality Mark, whose unique assessment framework assesses the students, not the school, for their demonstration of World Class skills and competencies. The premise is that if the school is truly World Class, then its students should be able to demonstrate this in whatever context they find themselves. To date, there are just 120 accredited World Class schools in the UK, all non-selective state schools.
Harris Academy Morden was one of just 27 secondary schools and 3 primary schools re-awarded the Quality Mark in 2022, following a challenging two-part assessment process, the first part of which involved students participating in a live assessment centre, hosted by brand new Houlton School in Rugby, where students worked in teams to create a sensory garden for the benefit of the school’s present and future students. For the second part of the assessment process, students used the WCSQM app to demonstrate evidence of their World Class characteristics, using the WCSQM framework of skills and competencies across areas including learners, leaders, community, workplace and achievement (secondary), and the three framework areas of ‘I am’, ‘I feel, and ‘I learn’ (primary).
“It was wonderful to see students come together and demonstrate their impressive skills and competencies in a setting both historically significant and architecturally impressive as Houlton School. The assessment centre was a key learning experience for students that also provided a unique platform for them to develop and demonstrate the characteristics they could use to inform their app assessment. We’re incredibly proud of every student who represented their school and was delighted to have the opportunity to thank them and award them in person at the Awards Ceremony.” Miranda Perry, Director of WCSQM.
At the Awards Ceremony, students were invited to collect their schools’ reaccreditation plaque, and there were also awards for the assessment centre winning student and winning team, as voted for by the visiting staff, local partners and students on the day, following a marketplace event in which each team presented their sensory garden ideas and creations. Houlton School students will continue to reap the benefits of the students’ hard work on the day for many years to come.
“Our students were amazing and have worked so hard over the past 6 months so it was really lovely to see them collecting the Academy’s Plaque! A special mention must go to Farah Kidwai who was nominated for a character award and won, but all of our students did themselves and the Academy proud.” Laura Mulvenna, HAMD WCSQM Coordinator.
WCSQM has been accrediting non-selective state schools in the UK since 2014 using a framework of skills and competencies young people need to flourish in an emerging global economy. The charity’s mission is to level up opportunities so that every student can develop World Class characteristics both in and out of the classroom, regardless of their circumstances or background, to help them achieve their potential.
Information on WCSQM
WCSQM is a UK charity working to accredit the best non-selective state schools across the UK with the World Class quality mark accreditation. In order to achieve accreditation primary and secondary schools can subscribe to the WCSQM application, giving their entire cohort of students access to the WCSQM framework designed to help students develop and demonstrate World Class skills and characteristics across areas including learning, leadership, community and the workplace.
Media contact: Miranda Perry
Tel: 01727 576 047
2022 World Class re-accredited schools
St Wilfrid’s College
Bluecoat Wollaton Academy
Ivybridge Community College
The Bishop of Llandaff CiW High School
Featherstone High School
Morley Newlands Academy
The Herts & Essex High School
George Spencer Academy
President Kennedy School
The Morley Academy
Harris Academy Beckenham
Thomas Mills’ High School
Harris Academy Morden
Sedgefield Community College
Tolworth Girls’ School
Harris Academy Coleraine Park
St Albans Girls’ School
Trinity Academy Halifax
St Andrew’s Catholic High School
Hitchin Girls’ School
St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy
St Clement Danes School
Visit the WCSQM website for a full list of accredited schools
2022 Assessment Centre Student of the Day
Elizabeth Brennan, The Bishop of Llandaff CiW High School
Shreya Bhardwaj St Wilfrid’s College
Toby Currie Trinity Academy Halifax
Jameika Patel Tolworth Girls’ School
Charlotte Hodson Hungerhill School
Isabella Yates Hungerhill School
Thalia Roy The Hertfordshire & Essex High School
2022 Assessment Centre Team of the Day
Winner - Team 5
Bishop of Llandaff CiW High School
Suleyman Emre Isik
The Hertfordshire & Essex High School
Savannah de Vries
Ivybridge Community College