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World Class School. World Class Students.

St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School was awarded the coveted World Class Schools Quality Mark following a rigorous assessment process. The school is incredibly proud of the award; the nature of World Class Schools organisation means the students are world class, not the staff, which makes it such a wonderful achievement. The fact that our World Class students, who are formed through their years with us, is the most pleasing accolade for every member of the school community as a whole. 

Matthew Lockey, Year 12, said “It was exceptionally rewarding working with primary school students; to see their growth over the day was inspiring and the project allowed me to develop my leadership skills”

World Class is an award open to Ofsted Outstanding Schools, who initially have to meet a set of rigorous criteria with regards to their student outcomes. Following this the students complete a 20 page self-audit of the school and submit a video of “A week in the life” from the student perspective. The final challenge was to complete, with two other schools from across the country, a group project designing a learning environment of the future, including research, promotion, budgeting, modelling and finally presenting to a hall full of peers and industry experts. 

James Conn, Year 12; “The challenge of interacting with professionals such as financial consultants, architects and environmental advisors was extremely fulfilling. It was fantastic to experience our project develop from seedling to bloom.” This final event took place in UTC Reading, and the host headteacher noted that the students’ research was impeccable, including visiting the UTC school North East Futures in Newcastle to research for the event.

A wide range of students were involved in the project throughout the student body and three Year 12 students represented the school in Reading; Jack Kennedy, Year 12, said “It's been an amazing experience collaborating with so many different people from across the country. In such a short time frame it is amazing to look back on how we worked together despite being on opposite sides of the country.”

The awards ceremony took place in Lady Margaret Hall, Cambridge University in December, during which Jack Kennedy won the award for the best performance on the assessment day in Reading. Jack said “It was great to be able to reunite with the rest of my team and I've thoroughly enjoyed the overall experience."