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THE HIGHCREST ACADEMY AWARDS

Rights Respecting School Award
Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. The Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens. Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as our guide, we are working to embed these rights on our journey to Level 2. The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.
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Apprenticeship Champion
The Highcrest  Academy is committed to ensuring our students have  access to the widest possible range of information and support to help them plan their future careers. We see apprenticeships as an essential component of this . For many students an apprenticeship where they can earn while they learn is a great alternative to  traditional University applications. There are now an increasing number of higher and degree apprenticeships that give students the skills, knowledge and experience to ensure a successful career.
That is why Highcrest’s Careers Coordinator , Mr Rob Evans, has become an Apprenticeship Champion registered with the National Apprenticeship Service. The Academy works with a number of external businesses and agencies to raise awareness of the exciting  and credible range of opportunities offered by apprenticeships. 
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The NACE Challenge Award provides national recognition of school-wide high-quality provision for more able learners within a context of challenge for all. 

Gaining the award provides us with:
  • External validation of school-wide high-quality provision for more able learners
  • Evidence of impact aligned to other school improvement and accountability measures
  • A clear action plan to help you identify and develop the right tools for your school, learners and staff
  • Ongoing expert support for continuous improvement
  • Invitation to join NACE’s Leading Schools Network
Highcrest achieved the NACE Challenge Award in November 2017 as a reaccreditation. Amongst many positive comments, the assessor said, "I was very impressed by the way the school has continued to develop its aspirational learning culture and how the school is moving forward so successfully".
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The EQualities Award recognises the academy’s commitment to treating everyone equally. To gain this award, Highcrest had to identify and review the different ways in which the academy engenders equality of opportunity and raises outcomes for all learners regardless of gender, disability, faith and ethnicity, sexual identity and socio-economic disadvantage. The promotion of our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was also a core feature of the audit, which also focused on safeguarding, bullying and the promotion of fundamental British values.  The award is valid for three years.
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IQM Flagship School Award
Effective schools are inclusive schools that monitor, develop and devise strategies to improve the effectiveness of their provision to meet the needs of all students. External assessors examined the school as an inclusive environment, looking for every child gaining access to every activity in school. The Inclusion Quality Mark covers absolutely everything in school, from students with special learning needs to the most able and those needing more help with literacy and numeracy. The IQM award certifies that both the curriculum and extra-curricular activities are accessible to all at The Highcrest Academy.
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Quality Mark
The Quality Mark is about recognising minimum standards in teaching literacy and numeracy. Attainment of this award is normally based on a close partnership between the Basic Skills Agency, Local Authority and schools.  The Quality Mark provides a framework for continuous improvement of the basic skills of all pupils in a school.
The Highcrest Academy is one of the few schools to have achieved this award four times.  We have held the Basic Skills quality mark for nine consecutive years.
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International School Award

The Highcrest Academy in High Wycombe has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.
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Fair Aware School Award
FairAware is the first Fairtrade Schools Award, and supports our school to find out about Fairtrade activities already going on in school, and learn about issues around Fairtrade.