Highcrest awarded flagship status for inclusion

Bucks Free Press: Highcrest awarded flagship status for inclusion Highcrest awarded flagship status for inclusion

A HIGH Wycombe academy has been upgraded to a national Flagship School for inclusion.

The Highcrest Academy, in Hatters Lane, High Wycombe, is just the 12th secondary school in the UK to achieve the flagship status.

Highcrest was evaluated in a two-day inspection in June against a nationally-recognised framework called the Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM).

And external assessor Chris Chivers gave the academy, its staff and students glowing feedback.

"The Highcrest Academy is a school that has a clear understanding of what is expected and what can be provided to enhance the learning experience for all children," he said.

"There is an energy and enthusiasm from the staff which is infectious and clearly visible in the attitudes and behaviour of the children who gave their time to be interviewed. The children admit to being encouraged and inspired to aspire."

Mr Chivers added: "Learning is at the heart of whole-school development, with significant work being undertaken to ensure that personalised approaches to learning are a reality for vulnerable students, with a differential approach the aspiration for all learners."

He praised the academy’s leadership, but also singled out the students, saying: "The students are a credit to the school. They were invariably polite, happy to engage in detailed discussion of their own learning and their experiences through their time at the school. They are partners in the running of the school, many being given responsibility through student leadership programmes."

The IQM standard says in its criteria: "Educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all pupils, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background."

Mr Chivers’ assessment said of Highcrest: "There is significant evidence of good practice in Inclusion, across all categories of need. Inclusion is evident in every aspect of school life, ensuring that Every Child Matters and, as an extension, that every person associated with the school is also fully valued."

To obtain flagship status in the award, a school has to be successfully assessed twice previously. The first time for Highcrest was in 2008 followed by a second one in 2010. Highcrest believes it was the first school in Bucks to gain an IQM.

Principal Shena Moynihan said: "I am thrilled at the way in which our academy has been recognised in this award scheme. "Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do at Highcrest because we really do believe that every child matters regardless of their background.

"Being a Flagship School is a great honour for us because it means we share best practice with others. This award truly reflects the wonderful work of our staff, governing body and, of course, our fantastic students."

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9:46am Fri 11 Jul 14

mistamina says...

Highcrest Management, very nice. Now the big one, get Ofsted off your back. But in the meantime, well done.
Highcrest Management, very nice. Now the big one, get Ofsted off your back. But in the meantime, well done. mistamina
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11:29pm Sat 12 Jul 14

DawesJack says...

An unconditional Well Done to all especially, no doubt the Inclusion Manager. Ad Astra Highcrest
An unconditional Well Done to all especially, no doubt the Inclusion Manager. Ad Astra Highcrest DawesJack
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12:23pm Mon 14 Jul 14

KLMBAS says...

This is ridiculous. I went to this school and all I ever got was bullying and discrimination. This school does not deserve everything it's being given. Put an undercover inspector in then see the difference
This is ridiculous. I went to this school and all I ever got was bullying and discrimination. This school does not deserve everything it's being given. Put an undercover inspector in then see the difference KLMBAS
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1:49am Tue 15 Jul 14

DawesJack says...

KLMBAS wrote:
This is ridiculous. I went to this school and all I ever got was bullying and discrimination. This school does not deserve everything it's being given. Put an undercover inspector in then see the difference
Nonsense, parents are queuing up to get their children in there! Every school has some bullying and always has. I bet you got an education. Put an undercover mole in every school, then compare.
[quote][p][bold]KLMBAS[/bold] wrote: This is ridiculous. I went to this school and all I ever got was bullying and discrimination. This school does not deserve everything it's being given. Put an undercover inspector in then see the difference[/p][/quote]Nonsense, parents are queuing up to get their children in there! Every school has some bullying and always has. I bet you got an education. Put an undercover mole in every school, then compare. DawesJack
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10:14am Tue 15 Jul 14

mistamina says...

DawesJack wrote:
KLMBAS wrote:
This is ridiculous. I went to this school and all I ever got was bullying and discrimination. This school does not deserve everything it's being given. Put an undercover inspector in then see the difference
Nonsense, parents are queuing up to get their children in there! Every school has some bullying and always has. I bet you got an education. Put an undercover mole in every school, then compare.
Oh good, lets just pompously declare 'Nonsense' to all problems in all schools. Let us just stand aside, not identify and not help any school with any of these problems.
Remember DawesJack, current Government policy is for local societies to take responsibility for Schools and other Public services. whether we like it or not, that is the policy.
Let us at least try to help this and EVERY OTHER schools in Bucks, that has had seven bells knocked out of them by Ofsted and the system.
[quote][p][bold]DawesJack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KLMBAS[/bold] wrote: This is ridiculous. I went to this school and all I ever got was bullying and discrimination. This school does not deserve everything it's being given. Put an undercover inspector in then see the difference[/p][/quote]Nonsense, parents are queuing up to get their children in there! Every school has some bullying and always has. I bet you got an education. Put an undercover mole in every school, then compare.[/p][/quote]Oh good, lets just pompously declare 'Nonsense' to all problems in all schools. Let us just stand aside, not identify and not help any school with any of these problems. Remember DawesJack, current Government policy is for local societies to take responsibility for Schools and other Public services. whether we like it or not, that is the policy. Let us at least try to help this and EVERY OTHER schools in Bucks, that has had seven bells knocked out of them by Ofsted and the system. mistamina
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4:50pm Fri 18 Jul 14

KLMBAS says...

DawesJack wrote:
KLMBAS wrote:
This is ridiculous. I went to this school and all I ever got was bullying and discrimination. This school does not deserve everything it's being given. Put an undercover inspector in then see the difference
Nonsense, parents are queuing up to get their children in there! Every school has some bullying and always has. I bet you got an education. Put an undercover mole in every school, then compare.
My problem is though high crest didn't do anything about me getting bullies and discriminated against and suspended me for defending myself against 5 girls in the bathroom. I then left and joined cressex, the worst ranked secondary school in Wycombe, and had no problems at all. Sorry, but high crest know when they are having an inspection and my sister got excluded for a week during an inspection because her hair had a slight red tint. They do everything in their power to look good to inspectors then it's back to not giving a fudge once they've gone.
[quote][p][bold]DawesJack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KLMBAS[/bold] wrote: This is ridiculous. I went to this school and all I ever got was bullying and discrimination. This school does not deserve everything it's being given. Put an undercover inspector in then see the difference[/p][/quote]Nonsense, parents are queuing up to get their children in there! Every school has some bullying and always has. I bet you got an education. Put an undercover mole in every school, then compare.[/p][/quote]My problem is though high crest didn't do anything about me getting bullies and discriminated against and suspended me for defending myself against 5 girls in the bathroom. I then left and joined cressex, the worst ranked secondary school in Wycombe, and had no problems at all. Sorry, but high crest know when they are having an inspection and my sister got excluded for a week during an inspection because her hair had a slight red tint. They do everything in their power to look good to inspectors then it's back to not giving a fudge once they've gone. KLMBAS
  • Score: 0
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