In the last update of our progress in this exciting re-accreditation process, I informed you that our team worked relentlessly in observing another ‘World Class’ school, and then hosted themselves! Since then, the team got themselves busy with their digital brains.

Using all of the footage we captured from our partner school, The George Spencer Academy, the World Class Schools’ board asked our students to showcase their creativity; the brief instructed them to edit a video that clearly showcased how GSA evidenced their world class skills. Using iMovie, Charlie, Daniel and Molly got their heads together. They selected the best footage and worked relentlessly to form it into an entertaining video – the media included recordings, pictures and music too! The fantastic thing about this process is it is student lead; the team worked really hard in their editing and it was simply the case that I had to sign the documents and upload the video.

To reward the students for their hard work, World Class Schools organised a symposium event where all schools and re-accrediting schools could join together to share knowledge and ideas. Along with the World Class team from The Morley Academy, we travelled down to King Ecgbert School in Sheffield to take part in the day’s activities. We were able to take part in a number of sessions hosted by World Class Schools’ teachers and students, including a session ran by an ex student from The Ruth Gorse Academy. These sessions each individually celebrated the creativity apparent in schools and how we should embrace it. We found ourselves immersed within technology, design and dance sessions, taking ideas from other outstanding practitioners on how we could improve our own school. We hope in future symposiums, TFA students can be the one to share expert knowledge.

The day concluded with an awards ceremony. This was finally the chance for our time to be congratulated for all of their hard work over the past academic year. Daniel, Charlie and Molly all accepted their plaque with pride. The day was a wonderful celebration of how world class these students truly are.

What does the future hold for TFA in relation to World Class Schools? Due to our outstanding commitment, the board are eager to recruit students from our school to become assessors for the centre; this process would mean helping the board visit other schools and helping decide if they too are deemed to be World Class. The skills that this type of organisation provide a priceless; Daniel, Molly and Charlie have most definitely improved their communication, organisation and leadership skills for being part of this exciting process. Miss Hart is looking for more world class students to join her team!

Miss Hart (WCSQM Leader and Curriculum Leader of English)