Sheffield school granted 'World Class' status for second time

A secondary school in Sheffield has achieved ‘World Class’ status for the second time.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 3:21 pm
Updated Friday, 17th July 2020, 10:47 am

King Ecgbert School, in Dore, received the accolade at the first-ever virtual World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM) Symposium earlier this month in recognition of its achievements to become ‘beyond outstanding’.

It originally received the mark in 2017, which lasts for three years before the schools are reassessed and reaccredited.

In 2019, King Ecgberts was also recognised as being ‘World Class School of the Year’ after hosting the World Class School Symposium a few months prior.

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Headteacher Paul Haigh said: “King Ecgbert School is honoured to have been reaccredited as a World Class School. This award is testament to the hard work and quality of the students and staff at King Ecgbert School.

“Last July, King Ecgbert School were the official hosts of the 2019 World Class School Symposium when we welcomed hundreds of fellow world class students and staff from across the country to celebrate our theme of ‘Creativity in the Arts’.

"This year we were heavily featured again, with contributions to the programme’s #becreative time capsule and our English department being officially being named as ‘shortlisting team’ for the prestigious essay writing competition."

Delegates at the World Class Schools Symposium were impressed with the creativity on display at King Ecgbert School in 2019

A KES pupil was also crowned bronze level winner for her Year 11 project work.

"Being awarded World Class School of the Year was confirmation of the amazing job our students and staff did during the Symposium we hosted, but also we as a school do on a daily basis,” Mr Haigh added.

"I believe that all of our students and all of our staff are committed to being the best they can be every single day: I expect that high standard of everyone and I know that they will not let me down.”

The quality mark is only awarded to schools that offer the best education to young people in the UK.

Students at King Ecgbert School hosted the annual symposium in 2019

To achieve the award, students are assessed against a framework of skills and competencies that it is considered young people need to flourish in an emerging global economy.

The WCSQM holds an annual awards ceremony to celebrate accredited schools, as well as individual students from World Class schools in recognition of their outstanding achievements.

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