Wirral school judged to be “World Class”

A Wirral school has become the first in the region to be assessed as “World Class”.


Staff and pupils from Weatherhead High School


Weatherhead High School received the World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM) accreditation at an awards ceremony in London.


Now in its fifth year, WCSQM awarded the mark to 16 non-selective state secondary schools from around the country.


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.


Headteacher of Wallasey-based Weatherhead High School, Annmarie Whelan, said: “We are the first school to achieve this accreditation in the Wirral and across the whole of Merseyside.


“The assessors said that the quality of the schools applying for the Mark this year has been staggering and that Weatherhead students are genuinely some of the very best in the country.


“To achieve recognition beyond our Ofsted outstanding status is a real credit to our extremely talented and aspirational students, the hard work, commitment and dedication of all the staff and the tremendous support from our parents, carers and Governors.


“Receiving this prestigious award is an absolute honour and I could not be more proud of the school and our students.”


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 participation in an assessment centre event, at which their performances are measured against a challenging framework.


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.


Wirral council cabinet member for children and families, Cllr Bernie Mooney, said: “I’m sure everyone will join with me in congratulating all those at the school.


“Without doubt this is great news for Weatherhead pupils and staff, and shows the quality of education in Wirral, and our commitment to providing the very best start in life for all of our young people.”

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