Academy celebrates after fourth quality accreditation mark

Academy celebrates after fourth quality accreditation mark

Academy celebrates after fourth quality accreditation mark

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AN Academy in High Wycombe is celebrating an educational success after earning a prestigious quality mark for progression in English and Maths.

Highcrest Academy, in Hatters Lane, has notched up its fourth successive accreditation in the Basic Skills Quality Mark scheme - and believes it is the only secondary school in Bucks to achieve this so many times.

Assistant Headteacher Emma Bowden explained: "This award involves the school being assessed every three years. There are ten key standards you have to show progression in each time you are accredited so you just can’t stand still. This the equivalent of 12 years of supporting and raising standards in basic skills, English and Maths."

Two assessors came down for the day from 8am until 2pm earlier this year to monitor standards across the entire school.

Mrs Bowden added: "Staff, school, governors, parents and students are all involved. The assessors see lessons, they get a tour of the school and they talk to different groups of students. The Quality Mark is based on the progression especially for students in Maths and English and the support given in raising their targets and aspirations."

The Quality Mark’s criteria says: "A school or setting must demonstrate a whole school approach to improving standards in literacy and numeracy, with evidence of the impact of its approaches."

The accolade follows two other recent notable successes in educational schemes. As previously reported, the academy has just been upgraded to a national Flagship School for inclusion. Highcrest is just the 12th secondary school in the UK to achieve flagship status under the Inclusion Quality Mark scheme.

And Highcrest was praised last month for its standards of teacher training after an assessment under the Oxon-Bucks School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) scheme. The SCITT, which is backed by the Department for Education, said the academy is one of its lead schools in terms of teacher training.

Principal Shena Moynihan said: "Highcrest has enjoyed a fantastic end to the academic year. There has been a lot of great work done by staff, students and governors. We are very proud of all of our recent successes."

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7:53am Tue 26 Aug 14

MunsterX says...

Other schools are publicising exam successes. while this one is talking up a spurious quality gong. One simply knows that something is amiss.
Other schools are publicising exam successes. while this one is talking up a spurious quality gong. One simply knows that something is amiss. MunsterX
  • Score: -5

10:47am Tue 26 Aug 14

mistamina says...

MunsterX wrote:
Other schools are publicising exam successes. while this one is talking up a spurious quality gong. One simply knows that something is amiss.
Agree. Too much spurious spin. Something ain't right in the state of Denmark.
Hope they are not taking their eye off their main challenge.
[quote][p][bold]MunsterX[/bold] wrote: Other schools are publicising exam successes. while this one is talking up a spurious quality gong. One simply knows that something is amiss.[/p][/quote]Agree. Too much spurious spin. Something ain't right in the state of Denmark. Hope they are not taking their eye off their main challenge. mistamina
  • Score: -16

5:24pm Tue 26 Aug 14

faircuppa says...

Well done Highcrest, keep on publicising good work so that supporters are kept abreast of news. Recent results and awards are a credit to students, staff and senior team. Onwards and upwards Highcrest!
Well done Highcrest, keep on publicising good work so that supporters are kept abreast of news. Recent results and awards are a credit to students, staff and senior team. Onwards and upwards Highcrest! faircuppa
  • Score: 14

6:29pm Tue 26 Aug 14

4dakidz says...

What a shame it is that even after Highcrest achieves it's best results EVER (which some people have clearly failed to look past) some people are still adamant on being so short sighted! Take a look at their results from the BFP ..... Well done Highcrest!
What a shame it is that even after Highcrest achieves it's best results EVER (which some people have clearly failed to look past) some people are still adamant on being so short sighted! Take a look at their results from the BFP ..... Well done Highcrest! 4dakidz
  • Score: 13

7:23pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

MunsterX wrote:
Other schools are publicising exam successes. while this one is talking up a spurious quality gong. One simply knows that something is amiss.
Yes indeed!

However 'tis the season for heartwarming/feelgoo
d/cheerful/encouragi
ng stuff about the BCC Education system, when we should all join in admiration for 'selective education'.

The grammar schools are developing the potential of the kids who are genuinely elite and excellent in a manner simply unattainable by about two-thirds of the population (this percentage changes from year to year) and the schools for thickheaded chavs are being told the're not so bad too in their own way y'know -

Cressex Community School is celebrating a 'good' Ofsted ranking. Highcrest has also celebrated the excellence of its teacher training and - wait for it - in July it was awarded 'flagship status for inclusion'!

See: http://www.bucksfree
press.co.uk/educatio
n/news/11333800.High
crest_awarded_flagsh
ip_status_for_inclus
ion/

and: http://www.bucksfree
press.co.uk/educatio
n/news/11386334.Qual
ity_of_teacher_train
ing_praised_at_Highc
rest/

and: http://www.bucksfree
press.co.uk/news/114
25476.School_s_elite
_pull_in_perfect_GCS
E_grades/

and:

http://www.bucksfree
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26098.Results__fly_i
n_the_face_of_expect
ations__at_Wycombe_H
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[quote][p][bold]MunsterX[/bold] wrote: Other schools are publicising exam successes. while this one is talking up a spurious quality gong. One simply knows that something is amiss.[/p][/quote]Yes indeed! However 'tis the season for heartwarming/feelgoo d/cheerful/encouragi ng stuff about the BCC Education system, when we should all join in admiration for 'selective education'. The grammar schools are developing the potential of the kids who are genuinely elite and excellent in a manner simply unattainable by about two-thirds of the population (this percentage changes from year to year) and the schools for thickheaded chavs are being told the're not so bad too in their own way y'know - Cressex Community School is celebrating a 'good' Ofsted ranking. Highcrest has also celebrated the excellence of its teacher training and - wait for it - in July it was awarded 'flagship status for inclusion'! See: http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/educatio n/news/11333800.High crest_awarded_flagsh ip_status_for_inclus ion/ and: http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/educatio n/news/11386334.Qual ity_of_teacher_train ing_praised_at_Highc rest/ and: http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/news/114 25476.School_s_elite _pull_in_perfect_GCS E_grades/ and: http://www.bucksfree press.co.uk/news/114 26098.Results__fly_i n_the_face_of_expect ations__at_Wycombe_H igh_School/ Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 3

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