BREAKING NEWS: Fulbridge has achieved World Class Status.
Before the Summer, we were approached to apply for the World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM).
What is WCSQM?
The World Class Schools Quality Mark is the new standard in education for schools who have moved beyond outstanding. It awards a quality mark to non-selective state schools that offer the best education to young people in the UK and more recently, nationally. Unlike other national assessment bodies, they assess the student and not the school, against a framework of skills and competencies young people need to flourish in an emerging global economy. Through unique real-life work experiences, access to a lifelong peer support network and cultural opportunities that take them beyond their local community, they give world class students the confidence to overcome socio-economic barriers to recognise and achieve their potential.
There are 3 stages that must be completed and passed in order to gain status.
1) Self audit
2) Assessment Centre
3) Awards Ceremony
To ensure that we qualify for the first round, in September 2018, 6 children mainly from the Fulbridge School Council, completed the first stage of the accreditation- the self audit.
The primary framework can be viewed here:
The children worked together to complete and record evidence through a detailed audit of our school's capabilities. They also submitted a video (please see below), a digital photo book, web page and a scrap book to support their application.
"It was fun making the video because I had to use some of my imagination as I wasn't sure what the video was going to look like. I added humour to the video to make sure it wasn't boring or repetitive. When they played our video at the awards ceremony it shocked me because I didn't realise they were going to play it front of so many people." Year 6 member of our school council:
"It was hard to keep the camera still for the whole day, it was hard to not keep moving about. We had to get every part of Fulbridge in the video but there was so much as every part is great. I think we had a great amount though as we only had up to 3 minutes. We did have 45 seconds over and we didn't know what to take out as there was so much good stuff. We did manage to take out some parts that we thought were not needed. I also helped to put the website page together which I am really impressed with because I have used it before but I haven't created something like this before, it was spectacular." Year 6 pupil.
Once we received notification that we had passed the first stage, we were invited to the next stage- the assessment centre.
Three Fulbridge pupils were selected to attend this stage of process which involved taking part in a live project.
The assessment centre took place at Riverbank Academy in Coventry, a special school and member of the Sidney Stringer Academy Trust.
72 students from 16 secondary schools, 7 primary schools and 1 special school (Riverbank Academy) were tasked with undertaking a live project to develop the Riverbank Academy school grounds to promote accessibility, independence and a love of learning for the Riverbank Academy students.
The projects for assessment were to create a truly stimulating, inspirational and attractive learning environment for the school's students. Students being assessed worked in eight teams with the following projects
Fulbridge was involved in Project 1 which was to create an outside reading area/Hub for children aged 16+. They worked with mainly secondary school children from schools across the country.
Each team was allocated a challenge and an assessor from WCSQM, with whom each team had to liaise prior to the event to ensure that they were on track with their plans and preparations. Teams were also responsible for liaising with and gaining approval from key stakeholders, including David Lisowski, Headteacher at Riverbank Academy, Matthew Taylor, Forest Schools Manager at Riverbank Academy and Alex Green, Schools Programme Manager from LESS CO2 (environment and sustainability).
Throughout the day, the team of assessors from WCSQM monitored each project team for the capabilities and behaviours that define a 21st century world-class student. The output from this process was fed into the overall assessment to determine the world-class status of each participating school.
Students were assessed for, among other things:
The group faced many challenges on the day but they collaborated, encouraged each other every step of the way and put so much hard work and effort into completing the project.
"The size of the area was not ideal to what we wanted it to be, we would have liked it to have been a bit bigger. I remember when we were digging, it was hard for most of us because the grass had really long roots and stems which made it hard for us. Also, when it started to get cold when we were working it affected us because I wanted to have some time out and to warm up with a hot chocolate. We divided into groups so one group would keep working and the other group could warm up and have a break. This meant we ensured we used our time affectively. On the day I started by taking photos and then I helped out with measuring the amount of space, I helped with the digging too. When we finished we found a frog so we had to clear everything away so it looked clean and tidy." Year 6 pupil.
This video was created by one of our year 6 pupils and it shows the process they went through on the day:
"At first I was quite scared because I have never met the people in our team before but I soon got over my fear and went over to talk to them. We went to the hall where they explained what was happening during the day. We then set off, without our teachers, to start our project. I thought the area we started with would have looked a bit better to what it did but once we got started it all began to come together. I was the researcher before the assessment day but on the day I was photographer, I helped to dig, collect stones, and helped to place the semipermeable membrane. I was proud and quite amazed that we managed to reach the final stage." Year 6 pupil.
Mr Hutton and Miss Dobslaw accompanied the children to the centre. They were very impressed by all the team involved in Project 1 especially the Fulbridge pupils, who worked alongside children that they had never met before, they shared ideas, involved themselves in some tough decision making and problem solving, got stuck in with the physical aspects of the project and documented the day using cameras and videos.
Once the area was completed, the group presented their project to the rest of the panel and other project groups.
A brochure was created by by one of our pupils explaining the process. This was shared with their assessor and others on the day:
Each school achieving the WCSQM attends an award ceremony, receives a certificate verifying their achievement of the mark and a plaque.
The awards ceremony was on December 6th 2018 at the Governors' Hall, St Thomas' Hospital. This year's awards included 16 new secondary schools, two new international schools, two additional international accrediting schools and for the first time, primary schools.
Congratulations and well done to our World Class Students.
We are immensely proud of you.
We are only one of seven primary schools nationally to have been identified, assessed and awarded with the WCSQM. Our Principal, Mr B. Erskine, would like to thank the six children involved for all their excellent work in order to achieve this.
Final quotes from the children........
"I feel really good about being a World Class School student. I have enjoyed the journey because I learnt new things for example, communicating with new people, overcoming obstacles that came in our way and preparing myself for presenting our project to a large number of people that I didn't know. I used to be afraid of presenting in front of people, however, when I did this for our project it made me realise that I can do it and that I have the ability to do it and to a good standard."
"This process has boosted my confidence right up because when we arrived at the assessment centre and the secondary school children arrived it was awkward because everyone was quite shy. When we introduced ourselves we felt comfortable because we weren't shy anymore and we worked as a group. When we talked to visitors at our Autumn celebration about this award it made me feel like my confidence was boosted because I had to talk formally and factually/truthfully which made it quite hard to do. I was creating it on the spot especially when they were asking questions. My parents said that they were really proud of me and I liked what they said because it felt comfortable because the whole process was not for nothing, it was for such a great experience and the teachers classified us as World Class Students."
Year 6 Head Boy
"The main thing that I have learnt is to speak up for yourself as everyone's voice should be heard not matter who they are or if they are shy or not. The part I enjoyed the most was the digging, it was tough because I had never dug before, my Dad has, but this was the first time that I had used a shovel. We had to have breaks because it is not good for you to be digging for so long. We had to communicate with other teams, project 3, as they were making the furniture so we had to know when they were putting it in and if they needed any help. We helped them to paint the furniture to ensure the project was completed on time. For the presenting, we had to put a speech together which was hard. When everyone else was working we tired to put the speech together but we had help from the others because we didn't have time to rehearse. I feel happy about myself as I have achieved this for my school. I know that other people could replace me but to me, I know I did a good job."
To find out more about WCSQM please click on the logo below.