This week has been an important week for the school. It is over a year since the last visit from the Council of International Schools (CIS), when they came for the Pre-Accreditation Visit. At that point, they confirmed that we were ready for the Self Study stage leading to full accreditation. It has been a long journey, but this week the finalised report has been collated in readiness to be sent to the lead of the Accreditation Committee.
This will be a joint visit from CIS and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), both world-renowned accrediting associations, with WASC being one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Accreditation is integral to a school’s perpetual cycle of assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring, and reassessment based upon students’ achievement. It fosters excellence through the school by encouraging school improvement through a process of continuing. That WASC is from the US is important to us. We know as educators that our educational offering here is an excellent preparation for university study. The joint CIS/WASC visit will conform that and give further confidence to parents who are looking at pathways to universities in the US. And we will have plenty of visits for parents to talk to universities over this coming year.
The Self Study has been an in-depth piece of work, examining every area of the school, involving everyone. I am extremely proud of this achievement and would like to say a big thank you to all our participating staff, and particularly, to Nick West, who has, in addition to running the Primary Section of the school, admirably led and communicated the requirements for this Self Study. It is a mammoth task. We are excited by the outcome when we host the visit in mid-November. There will be nine accreditors, scrutinizing our report and checking it against their investigations around the school. We do know our school well: we know its strengths – and there are many, but we also know the areas that we need to work at to make it even stronger for the sake of your children.
This entirely resonates too with Nord Anglia. This year they are introducing for all schools a Quality Assurance framework involving self-study. It is in keeping with the style of the CIS/WASC process. It will be annual. We all know that the greatest factors impacting the quality of education for students is being a reflective and proactive school, open to innovation and improvement.
I would like to thank again all staff for their help in making this a great school and for the support, as ever that we enjoy from our parent body. Together, we are stronger, striving in all areas for excellence. CIS and WASC will help us achieve that even more and we welcome their visit.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal