Accreditations

Inspiring IAG

The Inspiring IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) Gold Award has been held by the school since 2011. This has now been re-named the Quality in Careers Standard. This award is assessed every three years and show that the schools is at least meeting the required criteria in six areas; Management and Leadership, Information and Communication, Design and Delivery of CEIAG, Outcomes for Young People, Working with Partners and Involving Parents and Carers. The Quality in Careers Standard is mapped against the 8 Gatsby foundation benchmarks. This is a rigorous process and involves the submission of a portfolio of evidence which is viewed by an independent assessor. Staff, pupils, parents and linked employers are all contacted and interviewed during the process.

OECD Teaching and Learning International Video Stud

The Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) Video Study has captured footage of teachers from across the world teaching mathematics in a bid to analyse the elements of teaching and the responses of pupils. It has been run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The research has looked specifically at the teaching of mathematics across nine countries and 750 teachers have been filmed as they teach quadratic equations. At West Hill, two mathematics lessons each were videotaped from two teachers, alongside the completion of surveys with pupils and teachers. The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP wrote to us in August 2017 congratulating West Hill School for being part of this pioneering study. He wrote, “I appreciate that participating in this study will involve some additional work for your mathematics department, but it is through this video study, and other international studies……that the Government can gain an understanding of where improvements will be most effective”.

British Council International School Award

West Hill School achieved the Intermediate Level - Developing Internationalism. The application involved students exchanging cultural ideas and information. We sent each other boxes at Christmas with traditional German /English things. We made videos of our town and area to swap and wrote letters. .

schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/about-programmes/international-school-award

Skills for Business Awards 2016 Shortlist

Delighted we've been short-listed for the 2nd time in the‘School of the Year’ category GM Skills for Business awards

TESSA English teacher or team of the year Winner 2016

TESSA English teacher or team of the year Winner 2016

The Tameside English Team is made up of 15 secondary school English departments, which have been working collaboratively for two years. The teachers support each other and share good practice, making the team more than the sum of its parts. Working in a consortium means that underperforming departments can receive coaching from their more successful counterparts, and gives all English teachers access to a network that they can reach out to for support and advice. Team members also share their expertise beyond Tameside by leading conference workshops on how to improve outcomes. In a culture where schools are too often encouraged to see each other as competitors, this example of departments working together provides an alternative approach to raising standards that benefits everyone. The results speak for themselves: as a result of the collaboration, the local authority has climbed from the bottom of the performance tables to fourth highest in the Greater Manchester area. “Out of an outstanding list of entries, the Tameside English Team was the deserved winner,” the judges said. “Through school-to-school collaboration, the team has increased standards of education in the whole local authority and not just in one school. “The commitment by its members to help schools in difficulty and increase the confidence of its teachers is outstanding. By driving up standards, this team has made the local authority a place where teachers want to work.”

www.tesawards.co.uk/tessa2016/awardswinners/winners