World Class Schools
We are proud to have been one of the eight ‘Early Adopter’ members of the World Class Schools Quality Mark.
We believe that we have improved student progress, aspiration and achievement to such an extent that our standards rival those of the best schools internationally.We are preparing young people for a world which is significantly different to that of twenty years ago. Young people need to perform in a diverse global economy which is typified by technological innovation, is highly competitive and where entrepreneurism is celebrated. World Class schools equip students with knowledge, skills and confidence to thrive in a challenging international environment where those who succeed take risks and continually pursue improvement. World Class students are educated to be active and effective citizens who have qualifications which give them choices, and the competences to choose well. They have developed a level of emotional and intellectual literacy which enables them to navigate a potentially bewildering plethora of opportunities and achieve success and contentment for themselves.
A World Class student
- is highly literate scientifically, mathematically, technologically and culturally.
- consistently out-performs students from similar contexts, and is committed to continually improving their performance.
- is an excellent learner, dedicated to life-long learning.
- is a compelling candidate in their field for higher education and/or employment, being globally aware , confident and prepared for life in an international environment.
Our development of student character and international outlook are high priorities for the school. As well as our existing partnerships within the UK as a leading Teaching School and Research School, we have strong links with our exchange schools in France, Spain and Germany.
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World Class Impact statement
We are a World Class School because of our students. Not only do they embody the characteristics expected of the World Class Schools’ Quality Mark, but they set the direction for change at Sandringham. By taking advantage of the unique opportunities and experiences promoted by the WCSQM, our students have been able to work alongside students from many other schools; they have taken part in speech and essay competitions where they have showcased their perspective, helping to shape and define perceptions of what can and should be achieved by young people.
The true impact of being a World Class School is in the students and their perception of themselves; our students feel empowered to be bold, to challenge, and to vocalise their opinions responsibly. This movement has seen the creation of an internal newspaper, which voices their perspective of global challenges such as: the pandemic and the impact it has had on young people; the presentation of young people in the media and their supposed responsibility for the second wave; sustainability and personal responsibility; mental health and recovery. This was showcased when Sandringham School hosted and ran aspects of the WCSQM annual symposium; our young people ran a speech competition which encouraged young people all over the country to reflect on how they may ‘better themselves’. They also hosted a live debate on some of the potential issues raised by perceiving themselves as ‘World Class’ and how this should be interpreted to create a supportive and responsible community who sees strength in numbers rather than in an individual. This year has seen an increase in the profile of what it means to be ‘World Class’ coupled with a campaign to be heard. We are so proud of how our students have chosen to use their voice – their responsibility, humility and pride has been inspiring.
At Sandringham, we believe that ‘everybody can be somebody’. This works in complete harmony with what it means to be ‘World Class’: everybody should be the best version of themselves, celebrate the strengths of others, and work together to make a positive difference in their local and wider communities. In this sense, ‘World Class’ has become the ingrained standard at Sandringham, and our students and staff strive to develop this, such that ‘World Class’ is continually adapting as a fluid and mutually understood way of living in our Sandringham community.