Thamesmead School has achieved a number of awards. This guide will explain what they mean and the way this impacts staff and students.
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.
As an Arts College Thamesmead places special emphasis on performing and visual arts. Arts Colleges also act as a local point of reference for other schools and businesses in the area, with an emphasis on promoting art within the community. Strong and vibrant Arts department enables us to enhance the culture and experience of Thamesmead students, as well as ensuring that our young people are prepared for the future and have the knowledge and experience to fulfil their potential. We have a strong tradition of extra-curricular activities in the arts and regularly participate in community events.
Investors in People highlights Thamesmead’s commitment to our staff. Defined and set by business leaders the Investors in People standard is a series of 39 must-haves that organisations measure up against, to find and realise the potential of staff. The standard covers business planning and leadership, management effectiveness and performance measurement. It also recognises the school commitment to developing staff skills continuing their professional development and thus enabling them to better support teaching and learning with the students.
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.