Croydon school achieves ‘world class’ status


A Croydon school has become the first ever in the borough – and one of only 34 in the whole country – to achieve ‘world class’ status.

Coloma Convent Girls’ School was given the World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM), awarded to schools that have “moved beyond” the Ofsted outstanding rating, in December. The Upper Shirley Road school, which has consistently been one of Croydon’s top performing and most oversubscribed schools, was given the award at an awards ceremony held at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London.

Anne-Marie Stott, deputy headteacher at Coloma Convent Girls’ School, said: “We are extremely proud of all our students in the achievement of this ‘World Class Schools Status’, particularly as Coloma is one of just 34 schools in the country to have received this prestigious award. We know success is a team effort at Coloma and we would like to thank all our staff, governors, parents and friends of Coloma for the continued support they give to our students. We are delighted that these achievements have culminated in us attaining with this prestigious status mark. Coloma is now looking forward to the opportunities this new mark will bring to pupils through local and national businesses who support the award and through collaboration with other World Class Schools.”

The award’s uniqueness lies in the fact that it is the students who are assessed with regard to whether they are world class or not, rather than just how the school operates. The school was initially assessed, which included an inspection and a look at prior performance data and results over time. Secondly, a team of Coloma student ambassadors undertook a full audit of the school, finding multiple examples and evidence to meet the quality standards, which were highly commended by the assessors. Following the audit stage, three student ambassadors attended the final assessment day at the Wren Academy in North London, where they had to demonstrate advanced teamwork and organisational skills. Their final video on how Coloma embodies the World Class Standards was shown at the awards ceremony.

All schools that apply for the WCSQM must first excel in their Key Stage 4 performance before they are eligible. Students must be highly confident in science, mathematics, technology and culture and be able to match the knowledge of the best students around the world. They must consistently outperform students from similar backgrounds and be dedicated to learning. They must also be globally aware so that they are confident in living and working in an international environment.

Miranda Perry, co-director of WCSQM, said: “The mark is about recognising how well the top secondary schools in the country prepare their students to thrive in the 21st century. We are confident that our awarded schools provide their students with the best life chances possible. We are absolutely delighted to have Coloma on board. We are a network of some of the best non-selected state schools in the country and so it is a privilege to have Coloma work with us.”

Coloma was ranked among the top 250 secondary schools in the whole of the UK at the end of last year. Compiled annually, the Sunday Times’ top 250 list compares more than 3,000 state-funded schools across the UK and ranks them in order of their GCSE and A-level results. The 2016 table was published on November 27, based on a combination of the percentage of pupils who got at least one A* to B grade at A level and those who got at least one A* or A grade in their GCSEs. Coloma was ranked 170th on the list with scores of 67.1 per cent and 47.4 per cent respectively.

For more information on the mark visit www.worldclass-schools.org/world-class-schools-quality-mark.html.