10 December 2018We are World Class!
We are delighted to inform you that Harris City Academy Crystal Palace has been awarded the World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM) having successfully completed the accreditation process and being awarded the status of World Class. We are delighted we have been recognised with this prestigious honour and I am sure you will join me in congratulating all the students who took part in the process.
Now in its fifth year of accreditation, WCSQM has awarded the mark to a further 16 non-selective state secondary schools from around the country, including HCACP. All of the new schools have demonstrated that their students are truly World Class through their successful participation in the rigorous assessment process.
WCSQM assessment requires schools to demonstrate that their students are capable of compiling comprehensive evidence in support of their application. All applicant schools must exceed a challenging threshold in their Key Stage 2 or 4 performance before being invited to apply. Their students must then develop a compelling case for accreditation through detailed auditing of their school's capabilities, video submissions in support of their application, and participating in an assessment centre event, at which their performances are measured against a challenging framework.
The award’s uniqueness lies in the fact that the students are assessed with regard to whether they themselves are World Class, rather than the school itself. WCSQM believes that if a school is truly World Class, then its students should be able to demonstrate this in whatever context they find themselves. The award is supported by a range of prestigious businesses, further and higher education providers, and parent organisations that are interested in which schools nationally are the best at developing young people to succeed in a rapidly evolving world.
This year, the final stage of the accreditation process, the assessment centre event, took place at The Riverbank Academy in Coventry, a World Class accrediting special school, and a member of the Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust. As part of the assessment, the 72 potential World Class students were required to work in teams to develop the Riverbank Academy school grounds to promote accessibility, independence and a love of learning for their students.
Congratulations to the students Ruby Hurst, Ita Neumeyer, Arbi Alia, Jia Sood, Trinty Myton, Ibraheem Rodrigues and Khadija Constance and thank you to Mr Marillat, Ms Cox and Mr Ewers.