Quality Mark Reports
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. We received our most recent reaccreditation of this award in November 2022.
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.
The NACE Challenge Award
“The school’s vision - Aspire and Achieve - permeates the learning environment and is regularly referenced in lessons by teachers and pupils, underpinning the curriculum and wider opportunities across the school.” NACE
The NACE Challenge Award provides national recognition of school-wide high quality provision for more able learners within a context of challenge for all.
We received our most recent reaccreditation of this award in June 2022. At Highcrest, we regularly engage with other challenge award accredited schools to ensure our students have equal opportunities.
Achieving the award means that we demonstrate good or outstanding provision in teaching and learning for students of all abilities. We have held this prestigious award since 2013 and have been re-accredited every three years since. We will continue in our journey to strive for excellence, undertaking a further re-accreditation in 2025.
Rights Respecting School Award
Highcrest became a Rights Respecting School in 2014 and achieved the Level 1 award in 2015. UNICEF moderators upgraded us to a Gold Award school after an inspection in 2018. Indeed, we were the first secondary school in Buckinghamshire, and only the fifteenth secondary school nationally, to be accredited as a Gold Award UNICEF Rights Respecting School; you can imagine how proud our community is of this award. The UNICEF articles continue to be at the heart of everything that we do at Highcrest.
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. As a rights-respecting school, we teach our students about their rights and model respectful relationships.
We look forward to our next reaccreditation visit.
The EQualities Award
Although we currently hold the EQualities Award which recognises the academy’s commitment to treating everyone equally, we are currently working towards achieving the new Equality Quality Mark, awarded by EqualiTeach. This award provides us with support and guidance so that we can effectively promote equality, diversity and inclusion within Highcrest, and provides us with an opportunity to showcase our commitment to equality. As a richly diverse academy, we have always worked hard to meet our statutory duties, but we would like to go further and really ensure that our students receive the very best education in this important area.
The Award has been designed by a team of equality and education experts to allow the development of best practice around four main themes: Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Welfare, Teaching and Learning and Personal Development of Pupils. There are three levels of award: bronze, silver and gold. We are working towards the silver level, and we expect it will take approximately 12 months to achieve this award.
To support us on our work towards this prestigious award, we have begun to work on a programme to reduce identity-based bullying called Equally Safe. This programme is funded by the Department for Education and will help schools develop best practice in preventing and tackling identity-based bullying, and in developing tailored, whole-school approaches.