Thamesmead School has achieved a number of awards. This guide will explain what they mean and the way this impacts staff and students.
The All-Together Award
All Together is a whole school Anti-Bullying Programme, organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. It is an online platform that allows schools to conduct audits of current work around anti-bullying, surveys of student voice, produce action plans to develop anti-bullying work and access resources to help tackle bullying.
As part of our work, we carried out an audit of provision and a student voice questionnaire before commencing the programme. These were used to produce and put into practice an action plan before another student voice questionnaire. Following this and the uploading of evidence for assessment by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, we achieved Silver Status.
The achievement of Silver All Together Status means that we have been recognised for our efforts to prevent and respond to bullying.
The Good Schools Guide 2015 Award for the Best Performance by Girls taking Music GCSE in an English Comprehensive School has been awarded to Thamesmead School. We have also received an Excellence Award for Boys taking Music GCSE.
Thamesmead School has been presented with this award by the Good Schools Guide for out-performing all other English schools in its category or displaying excellent performance. The prestigious annual awards, which are in their 8th year, are based on a detailed analysis of the most recent examination results, and are designed to highlight consistently good teaching.
‘We are absolutely delighted to be acknowledged in this way for our excellence in Music. We are sure it will inspire and encourage all pupils who are working towards their Music GCSE exam.’
Ralph Lucas, Editor of The Good Schools Guide, comments, ‘Our annual awards scheme is designed to give individual teachers and departments where teaching is at its very best the recognition they deserve’.
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.
Artsmark Gold was awarded to Thamesmead in October 2014. It is an Arts Council England programme to enable schools to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision both directly in and beyond the classroom. Artsmark is nationally recognised and the award was granted to the highest possible award level.
Holding Artsmark Gold demonstrates that we greatly value the arts and culture within our school. This helps students as the school ensures that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience quality curriculum provision in the arts and culture, and benefits from access to arts practitioners and arts organisations.
The award has also enabled the school to develop an alternative curriculum provision known as Artsaward. This is a nationally accredited qualification which allows select students to study areas of the performing arts in more depth, particularly those who may be considering a career within this field.
Investor in Careers is a quality standard for the management of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and meets the Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS), the national validation available for England.
As a holder of this award, Thamesmead School has demonstrated an on-going commitment to provide impartial, independent careers education, information, advice and guidance to all of our students.
This really is one of the highest accolades an organisation can receive for excellence in this area of work and is something that we are very proud of. The Investor in Careers standard is about improving students’ awareness of opportunities, raising their aspirations and working with them to ensure they achieve their full potential.
- Identify, develop and communicate a positive message and appropriate values in relation to the health and well-being of the whole school community
- Value and promote the self-esteem of all members of the school community, develop good relationships in the daily life of the school and we welcome parents and the wider community
- Are successful in helping pupils and staff do their best and celebrates their achievements
- Offers all pupils the opportunity to benefit from a broad, balanced, creative and stimulating education that challenges and promotes brain-friendly learning
- Promotes good communication within the whole school community ensuring that pupils and staff are given an effective voice in whole school decision making through
- Provide an accessible and relevant PSHE / Citizenship programme which enables pupils to develop their skills and attitudes in order to make informed choices about their health and to develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness
- Invest in the physical and emotional health of staff and pupils to help improve standards and raise achievement
- Provide a range of opportunities beyond the curriculum which promote the development of skills
- Take every opportunity to provide a safe, happy and reflective learning environment which promotes inclusion
- Develop partnerships with appropriate outside agencies and individuals, for advice and active support within the context of health education and health promotion in the school
For our students, this means that they can flourish and realise their potential in a supportive environment.
The Sainsbury’s School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of sport and competition across their school and into the community. Thamesmead are proud to have been awarded a Bronze Mark.