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President Kennedy School Awarded World Class Schools Quality Mark 

President Kennedy School is delighted to be one of 17 state schools nationally awarded the World Class Schools Quality Mark on 1st December at a prestigious awards ceremony held at St Bartholomew's hospital, part of the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.  

The World Class Schools Quality Mark recognises state secondary schools which have gone beyond ‘outstanding’ (as judged by Ofsted) and are exceptional, compared to international standards.

The philosophy behind the Mark is that ‘It is the calibre of the student which proves the calibre of the school.’    If the school is truly World Class then its students will be able to own and demonstrate World Class qualities regardless of context.’

The award was achieved following a rigorous accreditation process. Only schools that have been judged 'outstanding ' by OFSTED and that exceed a challenging threshold in Key Stage 4 performance can be invited to apply, with a maximum of 20 applications per year. The assessment process is founded upon the unique premise that a school that is 'World Class' will produce students who have the qualities, skills and attributes to compete at a world class level.

The award is only achieved if the students themselves can create a compelling case, through what they demonstrate, that they, and consequently the school, is 'World Class'. A team of 9 students, representing all key stages, was required to conduct a detailed audit of the school against the World Class Schools Quality Mark Framework involving evidence gathering and interviews with students, teachers and parents. 

Within one week, our team of students gathered and presented their evidence for the audit and produced, edited and submitted a 15 minute video entitled 'A Week in the Life of Our World Class School' showcasing what they believe makes President Kennedy School 'World Class'.

Having successfully passed the initial assessment in September, we were then invited to complete the accreditation process by taking part in an assessment day.

Within one week, our team of students gathered and presented their evidence for the audit and produced, edited and submitted a 15 minute video entitled 'A Week in the Life of Our World Class School' showcasing what they believe makes President Kennedy School 'World Class'.

Having successfully passed the initial assessment in September, we were then invited to complete the accreditation process by taking part in an assessment day.

With only one week to plan and prepare, the students were issued with a brief to complete a social responsibility project that would bring about genuine, positive transformation. In this case, three President Kennedy School students, (Reyna Sandhar and James Lee Jones in Year 10 and Harry Gilsenan in Year 8) had one week to work with students from two other schools whom they did not meet until the assessment day in October, to plan, resource and deliver a project to re-vamp the visual and learning environment of the playground of Wren Academy Primary Phase in Barnet. Within one day, the team transformed a garden area into a sensory experience; two picnic tables into interactive learning games centres and three learning boards into visual displays of the school's values. Throughout, they were monitored and assessed against the WCSQM framework for skills such as teamwork, initiative, problem-solving, interaction, time-management and resourcefulness. 

The award was presented by Doctor David Bainbridge of the University of Cambridge to the team of nine students who conducted the school's application.

 

        

“World Class has been one of the best, but most challenging experiences in my school life.  It was a privilege to work with such an amazing team of people and be a part of a successful bid.” Isha Patel

It was such an amazing opportunity to be involved with such an amazing group and the things I have learnt I could never have learnt anywhere else.”  Harry Gilsenan

World Class has truly been one of the best things I have ever done. It has been a true honour to be a part of this. It has taught me about myself as an individual. I will never forget this - being a part of an amazing group, full of amazing people and making this school World Class is unforgettable." Zohaib Malik

“World class has honestly been a huge learning process for m. Not only have I learned a great deal about the school, but I’ve also learned a lot about myself. This process has been very much a self reflection and I’m still so grateful and proud of the outcome.” Cadie Samra

“It was such an amazing , once-in-a-lifetime experience! I was so privileged to be a part of it.  Although it was so much hard work, it was worth it. The stress and the panicking all gets forgotten - all the effort put in pays off.   If I was asked to do it all again, I would say yes in a heartbeat.” Eesha Gupta

“World Class Schools was a truly rewarding experience. I have benefitted from this process by becoming more confident.” Reyna Sandhar

“I’m so glad I was chosen for the World Class School bid, it was a great experience to be a part of.”  Mya Birdee

“World Class Schools has been an amazing and unforgettable experience that has taught me to work well individually and in a group. I would happily do it again.” James Lee Jones

“World Class project made me learn to cope with the pressure of time management but also to make our school proud.” Karolina Tomanaite

 

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