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Posted on: 30/06/2016

WHTC School Recognised in Annual Awards (20/06/16)

It was announced today that Wembley High Technology College has won numerous awards for the Good Schools Guide Awards. These are awarded for the outstanding achievement of the College last year and recognise Wembley High to be the highest achieving school in England for many categories, including the best performance for an English Comprehensive school in Science, English Language and Literature, Spanish and French. Wembley High has been presented with these awards by the Good Schools Guide for out-performing all other English schools in these categories. The prestigious annual awards, which are in their 10th year, are based on a detailed analysis of the most recent examination results, and are designed to highlight consistently outstanding teaching. Executive Headteacher, Gill Bal, said, "We are absolutely delighted to be acknowledged in this way for our excellence in so many categories. This is a very proud moment for us and we are sure it will inspire and encourage all pupils to achieve even higher." The Good Schools Guide Awards are based on a series of calculations which take into account relative popularity and performance of the subject, absolute performance, and percentage of pupils taking the subject. It is the largest independent guide to UK schools and contains over 1300 good schools across both the independent and state sectors.  Gold Award- Boys Geography Gold Award- Boys English Gold Award- Boys French Gold Award- Boys Spanish Gold Award- Girls Additional Science Gold Award- Girls Geography Gold Award- Girls French Gold Award- Girls Spanish Gold Award- Boys Additional Science
Posted on: 1/08/2015

London Schools Gold club-School development visits

School development visits – a powerful model for CPD We are in our fourth term of offering London schools free CPD through the Mayor of London’s Gold Club programme and just facilitated a highly successful first school development visit hosted and led by Wembley High Technology College. On 28 January, a small group of senior and middle leaders came to north Brent to learn how excellent pastoral care has been central to the college’s achievements. Wembley High has also been awarded a Pupil Premium Award 2015 as one of the top 100 performing non-selective state funded schools in England. In fact, one quarter of the current 95 Gold Club schools were recipients of this government award. At the heart of Gold Club membership is the opportunity for our 95 primary and secondary Gold Club members to come together to share their ideas and help other schools in London learn from their successes. It is the Gold Club schools themselves that lead sessions open to other London schools. As well as running workshops within a seminar format and fuller conference days, this term saw our first Gold Club school development visit. The idea was that continuing members would have greater scope to show how they achieved their success if colleagues visited the school. At Wembley High Technology College the morning started with input from our hosts that gave a crisp overview of the school’s practice, intentions and outcomes around the topic and the itinerary; then school visitors had the opportunity to meet with and question staff who lead specific elements of pastoral support. This included an Associate Headteacher, the Director for Inclusion and, from the operational level, a Year Leader. The year-long roles of year leaders are recruited straight from highly achieving Russell Group and Oxbridge ranks and form a centrepiece of Wembley High’s innovative and highly effective model of pastoral support. We enjoyed a Q&A with ten students from the College Council (across years) whose experiences and perceptions were overwhelmingly positive. We were then paired with these students who showed us around the school where conversations continued. The activities described and the ethos permeating the school made it very apparent why Wembley High was a National Citizen Champion 2014 and that that British values and SMSC characteristics have been well honed among the students. For the Gold Club facilitator, Trevor Folley, “Wembley High structured the morning so visitors were able to shape their learning to fit with their priorities and interests. The opportunity to ask questions to strategic leaders, managers, practitioners and pupils illustrated the clear intention of our hosts to provide an accurate picture; one that would be most valuable to visitors. In fact, the short introduction to the visit was used to encourage those colleagues to take advantage of this and make sure they left with the insights they needed to move their schools forward”. The morning wrapped up with a plenary and planning session so that the visiting schools could seek clarification from Gill Bal, the headteacher, on things they had seen, and were encouraged to populate a template on how they will use what they had learned during the visit back at their school. Testimony to the success of the morning was feedback from visiting schools that Wembley High made available an “excellent variety of staff who had immense knowledge and feeling of honesty” and that they “enjoyed meeting people who were actually involved in the systems, getting their opinion and how it works.” What was apparent to the visiting colleagues was “the positive ethos around the school, excellent behaviour systems outside lessons”. Alan McDougall, senior deputy headteacher, added: “At Wembley we all work hard to improve and refine our systems to ensure that students can maximise their efforts with us and achieve their outcomes. Our motto: ‘achievement for all’ is very much embedded in what we do here. It was a pleasure to share our experience with other schools in the knowledge that some of our outstanding practices might be employed for the benefit of students elsewhere in London. The feedback from our visitors was very positive and this feedback from colleagues from other schools was invaluable, as it helps to validate and confirm the good work that we do.” We think that the school development visit modelled at Wembley High brings a new dimension to the Gold Club and hope that this ‘template’ may be of use for schools planning to offer CPD in this way within their federations, chains or improvement networks. Register here for Gold Club schools events including seminars, conference days and school development visits. Each school can book up to three free places for each session. By Jason Lever, Trevor Folley & Alan McDougall Notes Jason Lever is the Gold Club project manager and senior education policy officer at London’s City Hall. Trevor Folley is a senior facilitator for the Gold Club programme. Alan McDougall is senior deputy headteacher at Wembley High Technical College.

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